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Current Affairs 2005 - Youth (60 items)

Dec 13, 2005 Christmas Angels: Why Its Hip to Buy Hemp Neil Roberts, Calvin Rubens, David Staples and Roger LeMesurier are Grade 9 students at Loyalist and Kingston collegiate and vocational institutes. Together, they've founded Hemp Helps, an organization that sells hemp bracelets in support of children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.

Dec 9, 2005 If You Toke, Don't Drive The Pot and Driving Campaign is an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers and prevalence of driving while impaired by pot...."In Canada we boast the highest use of pot in the world but there's a naivete surrounding young drivers; they think driving drunk is bad, they don't think that driving on pot is bad."

Dec 4, 2005 Some Dare To Slam DARE "A 1990 study funded by the Canadian government found D.A.R.E. had no significant effect on the students' use of any of the substances measured," noted the newspaper. Tobacco, beer, marijuana, acid, heroin, cocaine and other substances were part of the tracking. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General placed D.A.R.E. under the category of ineffective programs and according to Dr. Gilbert Botvin of Cornell Medical Center said, it is "well established that D.A.R.E. doesn't work." ....Local D.A.R.E. coordinator, Const. Frank McConnell, is a firm believer in the program and proud that it is now being taught in every elementary school in the Central Okanaagan school district.

Dec 0, 2005 Fewer Students Smoke, Use Drugs Legal and illegal drug use among Ontario students in grades 7 to 12 dropped last year for the first time in over a decade.

Nov 24, 2005 Why Blacks Won't Talk To Police I asked for a show of hands of how many had been stopped by police for no apparent reason. Seventeen of the 19 males raised their hands.

[Remember the mantra... the police are our friends.. we pay them to serve and protect us...]
Nov 22, 2005 Teen Pot Smokers Target Of Addictions Campaign In Manitoba, more than 40 per cent of high school students have used marijuana, according to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, one of 20 community groups involved in awareness week. Canadians ages 14 through 25 have the highest rate of pot use in the world, according to the Canadian Public Health Association.

Nov 22, 2005 Dont Toke And Drive Campaign Begins The campaign poster, to be displayed in schools and libraries across the country, shows two airline pilots smoking pot, with the caption:"If it doesn't make sense here, why does it makes sense when you drive?" "We're trying to dispel the the myths around pot and driving," said Elinor Wilson, of the CPHA.

[Tackling the issue of impaired driving while not mentioning fatigue, prescription drugs, etc, does little to combat the real problems... and this campaign has already been hijacked by the truth.
Nov 18, 2005 Drugs Sold In Local High Schools Police Say The Problem Is So Big They Can't Keep Up... Police now send drug-sniffing dogs and undercover officers into your children's schools as young pushers peddle marijuana, crack, cocaine and ecstasy to fellow students.

[Again, drugs in schools has been around for over 30 years, yet the kids of today are subjected to tactics that will colour their view of authority forever]
Nov 9, 2005 RCMP Constable Faces Four More Assault Charges After an internal investigation, former Lillooet RCMP Cst. Dan St. Amand is facing four more charges of assault with a weapon. After deStrake and others attending the Feb. 5 party complained about St. Amand using excessive force, other Lillooet residents came forward with complaints about the Mountie.

[The myth that the police are our friends was crushed long ago when prohibition and vice laws were put on the books]
Nov 5, 2005 Activist's Infant Son 'Not At Risk' The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton has concluded Chris and Melissa Goodwin's marijuana use does not put their infant son, Christian, at risk.

Nov 2, 2005 Mountie Charged With Assault After Lillooet Home Raided [ A Lillooet Mountie has been charged with four counts of assault with a weapon.It is alleged a police officer used excessive force by Tasering a 19-year-old woman in her back as she lay on the ground face down during a drug raid Feb. 5. The woman's dog was also allegedly Tasered during the raid. Police said they found trace amounts of cocaine on a scale, plus four ecstasy pills in a coat and a bag of marijuana in the woman's home.

Nov 1, 2005 Randall Severson admits he kicked the counter in Felger's office. A surprise police sweep at Cardinal Carter secondary school in Leamington resulted in one student being caught with drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of cannabis.

[Consider the time, cost, resources, and more importantly the right to terrorize hundreds of students to send a "message", especially since no drugs were found. Kids are getting the message all right, but not the one intended... the message they get is they have no rights, no privacy and adults are authoritation #%*^@'s ]
Nov 1, 2005 Concerned Students Tackle Marijuana Issues For Every High, There Is A Low. Think About It. This tag line will be used in upcoming public service announcements by a group of local students who are concerned about marijuana use among their peers,

[Having Health Canada provide information about cannabis is the same as the police information - they draw on the same souces for their propaganda and scare-mongering.

Not only will a far larger percentage of teens drive than experiement with drugs or herbs, but all of them will lose far more friends to car crashes, yet how much education do they receive about defensive driving?

Nov 1, 2005 Pass the Weed, Dad Parents Are Smoking Dope With Their Kids. What Are They Thinking?

[Probably the same thing that parents who allow their kids to drink a little wine with dinner or special occasions is - how to responsibly use the substances they will encounter in life. The hypocrasy surrounding pot politics is another sympton of our mainstream alcohol culture. Besides, prohbition has been around so long, many parents smoked with their parents, (even grandparents), so critical mass keeps building. ]
Oct 28, 2005 Rolling Stone Article Irks Local Leaders In his article entitled "The Tale of Kid Cannabis", Rolling Stone contributing editor Mark Binelli writes: "Rumour had it that the town of Nelson had become a sort of hippie Shangri-La, a place where if you took more than ten minutes to find someone to sell you a dime bag, there was a good chance you were already high." Binelli described Baker Street's Holy Smoke Culture Shop, with its outdoor portrait of reggae legend Peter Tosh " large enough to rival Soviet-era portraits of Lenin," as "a second City Hall."

[ Many enterprising kids realize they can make far more money selling pot than be expoited at McJobs. Eventually the pot sellers buy the business and hire the pot buyers to work for them... it's all spelled it in Narco-Dollars for Beginners A MUST READ ]
Oct 28, 2005 Arming Parents With Facts On Drugs Keeping kids safe from drug abuse is a balancing act in need of adjustment, says RCMP Cpl. Scott Rintoul, the keynote speaker at a Drug Information Night for Parents Nov. 1 in Langford.

[A cop teaching drug education is like a doctor teaching the finer points of the law. Why should we listen? Our own experiences of growing up with drugs all around us has equipped us with our own set of "tools" based on personal knowledge, not someone's job security. Parents would be wiser to attend an event that features a cop worth listening too from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). ]
Oct 28, 2005 Teens Turn To Toking Before Driving: Study A new study finds teens are more likely to drive after smoking marijuana than after drinking, according to a recent study of 6,000 Atlantic Canadians in Grades 10 and 12. ...Drivers who smoked marijuana were four times more likely to be involved in a crash than those who had not. The study's results are considered accurate within 1.6 percentage points, 99 times out of 100.

[Considering the number of driving & pot studies that conclude it is safer to drive on pot than alcohol, perhaps the message isn't getting lost... though no impairment is the ideal we should strive for]
Oct 26, 2005 MP Report By Jay Hill, M.P. Bill C-248 would impose mandatory sentences of one year or more for the first offence and two years or more for a subsequent offense for those convicted of drug trafficking within 500 metres of an elementary or high school. However, the federal Liberal Government said it doesn't like my legislation. Why? The Liberals also oppose Bill C-248 because, according to Mr. Thibault, it doesn't address drug trafficking in skate parks, arenas and other areas children frequent.

[Duh, the government may have it's own agenda, but if this bill passed, we would be one step closer to the USA style drug policy, and Canadians don't want that]
Oct 25, 2005 Twelve-Year-Old At Local School With Marijuana A 12-year old young person was arrested Monday afternoon, Oct. 24, after the youth showed up at a centrally located elementary school with drugs on them.

{This is news? 12 year olds have been showing up at school with cannabis for over 30 years, and thousands always will, so this is news?]
Oct 23, 2005CN AB: Minister Spearheads Child Seizure Law Exposing children to illegal drug activity is child abuse, Alberta's children's services minister says, and proposed legislation allowing the apprehension of children in grow ops or other drug houses will make that clear. "It's an addition to the toolbox," Heather Forsyth said Friday.

[How much uglier can the war on pot get? What about the kids growing up in violent alcoholic homes? When will they get a break?]

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