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Marijuana hurts kids, and C-45 is a toxic bill, says Sen. Unger

by Senator Betty Unger

Re: “Sen. Unger relies on incomplete representation to argue her case against marijuana legalization,” (The Hill Times, Jan. 8, p. 8), “Sen. Unger’s got it wrong on marijuana legalization,” (The Hill Times, Jan. 24, p. 8). The Trudeau government has tabled Bill C-45, which, if passed, will legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana and—incredibly—make […]

Changes to our national anthem should have been put to a referendum

by Senator Betty Unger

Statement on Bill C-210: An Act to Amend the National Anthem Act “Proposed changes to our national anthem should have been put to Canadians in a referendum” OTTAWA, February 5, 2018 Last week, “independent” senators used a “guillotine motion” to ram through Bill C-210, changing Canada’s national anthem. In her speech opposing this motion, Senator […]

Canada passes bill to make national anthem lyrics gender neutral

by Senator Betty Unger

By Chantal Da Silva on 2/1/18  |  NEWSWEEK http://www.newsweek.com/canada-passes-bill-make-national-anthem-lyrics-gender-neutral-797150 Canadian lawmakers have passed a bill to make the country’s national anthem gender neutral. Instead of “In all thy sons command,” the anthem’s lyrics will soon be rewritten to read: “In all of us command.” Senators voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the lyrics of “O Canada” to […]

Marijuana addiction is real, and teenage users are most at risk

by Senator Betty Unger

In the rush to legalize marijuana in Canada, medical experts are warning about weed’s alarming side, particularly for younger users MACLEANS | Joe Castaldo | January 15, 2018 Sean Savoie first smoked marijuana around the age of 14 when, behind a gas station, a friend handed him a pop can fashioned into a bong. He […]

Driving High: Is the test for weed reliable?

by Senator Betty Unger

CBC | Fifth Estate As Canada prepares for legal pot, the federal government plans to spend as much as $80-million to train 750 police officers to smoke out high drivers. But how sound is the test? A Fifth Estate investigation raises serious questions, showing it can lead to false arrests, is prone to police bias […]

What Canada’s plan for regulating legal marijuana gets wrong

by Senator Betty Unger

Opinion: Canada’s marijuana plan borrows from its approach to alcohol, rather than tobacco—and that could create a commercialized, predatory industry MACLEANS | Daniel Myran and Ryan Forrest | January 24, 2018 Daniel Myran is a family physician based in Ottawa who is currently completing a Master’s of Public Health at Harvard University, where his research focus […]

Justin Trudeau not only admires China, he is now emulating its intolerance

by Senator Betty Unger

Long before Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, he publicly stated that China was the country he most admired because they knew how to get things done. He clearly believes in this philosophy, as evidenced by his recent decision regarding the Canada Summer Jobs program. Funding through the Summer Jobs program was previously made available to […]

Marijuana legalization: What can be done?

by Senator Betty Unger

Many Canadians are very concerned about the federal government’s decision to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes (medical marijuana is already legal in Canada, and will not be impacted by this Bill). Bill C-45 has been passed by the House of Commons and is now in the Senate for consideration. It is not too late to make […]

The sad anniversary of big commercial pot in Colorado

by Senator Betty Unger

Reprinted from the Colorado Springs Gazette Opinion | November 9, 2017 This week marks the fifth anniversary of Colorado’s decision to sanction the world’s first anything-goes commercial pot trade. Five years later, we remain an embarrassing cautionary tale. Visitors to Colorado remark about a new agricultural smell, the wafting odor of pot as they drive […]

Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Youth – American College of Pediatricians

by Senator Betty Unger

Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Youth American College of Pediatricians – April 2017 ABSTRACT: Although increasing legalization of marijuana has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless, research documents the risks of its use by youth are grave. Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease […]

Colorado politicians ignore major pot problems

by Senator Betty Unger

Reprinted from the Colorado Springs Gazette Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Cory Gardner don’t seem to care much about the toll recreational marijuana imposes on Colorado. Each reacted with righteous indignation to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s lax pot policies. “It’s not a black market anymore. It’s not a criminal activity, […]

New Study: Legalization of marijuana results in increased use

by Senator Betty Unger

NEW STATE DATA: Legalization States Show Higher Marijuana Use Versus U.S. As A Whole New Federal Data Show Legalized States Marijuana Use At Alarming Rates; Colorado Now Top State in US for First-Time Marijuana Users Other legal states also show alarming increases in use By Luke Niforatos | December 12, 2017 | SAM’s News The average rate of regular […]

Trudeau is being reckless with marijuana legalization

by Senator Betty Unger

Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana legalization legislation when there are still so many questions and so few answers? Just this week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said that the legislation is coming too fast, stating that, “There is insufficient time to prepare the necessary legislative […]

Minister of Justice Gutting Protection for Faith Communities with Bill C-51

by Senator Betty Unger

MP David Anderson calls on faith leaders to defend their rights FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 October 2017 Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, today expressed concern in Question Period with comments made by the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould regarding bill C-51 […]

The Senate was independent long before Trudeau’s partisan changes came along

by Senator David Tkachuk

Prevailing opinion is that, through the “new” and “revolutionary” Senate appointment process, the Senate will finally be able to function “as it was intended.” There is nothing new about this type of appointment process. In 2012, for instance, then-prime minister Stephen Harper established an advisory committee for vice-regal appointments. Nor is it revolutionary. It is […]

Questions but no answers from the government on Energy East

by Senator Betty Unger

Today I asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate two specific questions about the cancellation of the Energy East project, on behalf of Albertans and all Canadians. Unfortunately, I received no real answers.  Hon. Betty Unger: My question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate also concerns today’s cancellation of the […]

Barbara Kay: Liberals left reeling by clear, rational criticisms of M-103

by Barbara Kay

NATIONAL POST Far from the slam-dunk feel-goody gesture it was meant to be, M-103 is looking more and more like a pivotal political and cultural moment in Canadian history With Parliament’s passage in late March of Motion 103, which condemned “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination,” the Canadian Heritage Committee was […]