“An assessment of the software that was used to operate the province’s troubled freedom of information [FOIPOP] website notes high risks,” reports Michael Gorman for the CBC:
The report looks at AMANDA 7, which was used to operate the website where people could file freedom of information requests online, receive their documents and see previously-completed requests.
It says redacted information retained “could accidentally be published and/or accessed by an unauthorized user” and suggests documents be retained for just five years, in keeping with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
KPMG also found Unisys [the firm contracted to run the FOIPOP site] wasn’t performing “any regular assessments and/or audits” related to its work on AMANDA for the province. Any control assessments that were performed were deemed inadequate.
2. Fool’s Gold
“Anaconda Mining Inc. announced Tuesday that it registered its 100 per cent-owned Goldboro Gold Project with the Nova Scotia Environment Department,” reports the Chronicle Herald.
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3. Air Miles with that?
“There’s a danger in all this. What our government and the NSLC are doing is that they are glamourizing and normalizing cannabis use,”…
Prior to legalization, it was totally not cool to use cannabis. Why, they were so ashamed to be seen as squares by their peers that those teenagers who smoked up hid themselves away in the woods and in basements.
[Dal prof Simon] Sherry points to NSLC signage that promote various cannabis strains as “soothing,” “relaxing and calming” or offering “livelier experiences” that “invigorate the senses.”
Dude needs to take a bong hit, sit back, and consider: there is no conceivably bigger buzzkill than having the NSLC sell dope.
Hooking up with your connection in the alleyway behind the bowling alley? Risky and glamourous, just like in the movies! Driving to the big box NSLC and jockeying with a soccer mom in a minivan for the best parking spot? Not so much.
Knowing when your dealer is ripping you off with cheap product and underweight baggies is being wise to the ways of the world, and calling him out on it shows you’re one badass dude who isn’t going to take shit from some two-bit criminal; buying federally regulated product in sanctioned sizes in a retail environment just makes you another stupid consumer chump; you may as well be buying tunafish or underwear.
The entire point of legalization is to take the cannabis business out of the criminal realm. People shouldn’t risk prison and lack of employment opportunity just for toking up; on that, almost everyone agrees.
Sure: the Trudeau government and McNeil governments are getting a lot of things wrong with legalization — they’ve created Rube Goldberg-like regulatory and retail schemes that seem designed to keep the black market alive and thriving. But given the social angst and moral panic surrounding legalization, that was probably inevitable.
That problem, however, is not caused by the signage at the NSLC.
Yes, the NSLC is “normalizing” cannabis use — normalizing it right into banality. But when young people run into their parents’ friends and that creepy old guy from the bar in the checkout line, and when they’re asked about Air Miles and whether they want a receipt for their credit card payment, they’re not going to come out of the experience thinking it’s glamourous.
4. The Church of Cannabis
In other cannabis news, police raided the Higher Living dispensary in Dartmouth yesterday, and later issued this release:
At approximately 1:35 p.m., investigators in the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division conducted a search at the Higher Living Wellness Centre at 219A Wyse Road in Dartmouth. Officers seized a quantity of cannabis resin, cannabis edibles and cannabis-derived products. Two employees, a man and a woman, both 36, were arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking and released to appear in court at a later date.
The Higher Living Wellness Centre, which lists an address of 219 Wyse Road, is registered to Heidi Chartrand of Hammonds Plains.
According to her LinkedIn page, Chartrand is also a mortgage broker, has owned other businesses, and is an advocate for people with breast cancer. She is one of 300 self-represented plaintiffs who have asked the federal court to declare that the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations are unconstitutional.
There’s also a “Higher Living Church of Cannabis” registered at 219 Wyse Road, with directors named as Ian Campbell of Newport, Heidi Dierickse of McGraths Cove, Erin McCulloch of Lower Sackville, Jonathon Jacquard of Greenwood, and Ralph Phillips of Hammonds Plains. Phillips is listed as president of the church.
Judging by Chartrand’s social media posts, there certainly is an evangelical bent to the operation of Higher Living, in the sense that those associated with it see the use of cannabis in health and moral terms.
There are undoubtedly some health benefits associated with cannabis, especially related to the side effects associated with cancer (loss of appetite, nausea, etc.), but it’s interesting to me how those benefits have been inflated by some such that cannabis can cure just about anything, and in some circles the use of cannabis has taken on religious tones.
There are other drugs that have taken on religious tones — peyote comes to mind, and maybe LSD (Catholics use wine sacramentally, but as metaphor; Catholics don’t give drunkenness spiritual significance) — so this may be a broader phenomenon, but I wonder if prohibition has led to a prosecuted feeling that expresses itself in religious terms. I am not a sociologist, heh.
During the Higher Living raid, cannabis activists, including Chris Enns but also many others, descended upon Higher Living to give the cops what for. Unfortunately, they held their phones the wrong way when recording the video:
5. Nova Centre lighting
Some time ago, my admin person/office manager, Iris, who lives in the south end, told me that the lights from the Nova Centre a kilometre away were keeping her up at night. Ever since, I’ve noted a continual stream of similar complaints on Twitter:
Does anyone like this lighting on the Nova Centre? I don’t despise the building nearly as much many, but this is truly obnoxious, unnecessary, chest-beating architectural lighting.
I was on Argyle Street last night for the first time in ages, and the bars were full… 1/2 pic.twitter.com/JBAmctaKUU
— Matthew Halliday (@MatthewHalliday) August 4, 2018
@WayeMason @LindellSmithHFX If the Nova Centre financials get too bad is it possible to expropriate the property? It would make a really nice community centre .
Ok j/k…can we at least make them turn off that obnoxious white death ray lighting.Since we’re paying the power bill.
— Emojional_Intelligence (@robtough) April 10, 2018
Ramia says they've hired "the best lighting guy in the world" to do the exterior Nova Centre illumination.
— Jacob Boon (@RWJBoon) April 14, 2016
The strip of lights on top of the new convention centre looks makes it look like a pimped ‘90s Sunfire from Spryfield. World-class shit.
— Andrew Murphy (@monochromegod) March 21, 2018
— Murray Wong (@murraywong) August 6, 2018
Did the lighting designers of the Nova Centre realise their creation would shine brightly into the upper windows of the new hotel?
— PΛVL BLΛΛVW (@pblaauw) February 27, 2018
On that last… whatever happened to the new hotel operator? I haven’t seen any help-wanted ads or any obvious work on the hotel (I may have missed either or both).
Oh, the landscaping around the Nova Centre is being cared for as follows:
It’s cool to see Halifax has found the most efficient way to water plants pic.twitter.com/Knw4DSo2fF
— Lauchlin MacDonald (@Lauchlin) August 1, 2018
No public meetings for the rest of the week.
Thesis Defence, Pathology (Wednesday, 9:30am, Room 3107, The Mona Campbell Building) — PhD candidate Wasundara Fernando will defend her thesis, “In Vitro and Pre-Clinical Evaluation of Anti-Metastatic Activity of Phloridzin Docosahexaenoate (Pz-Dha) Versus Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.”
Thesis Defence, Psychology and Neuroscience (Thursday, 9am, Room 3107, Mona Campbell Building) — PhD candidate Sean McWhinney will defend his thesis, “A Comparison of Statistical Methods for Relating Individual Differences to Event-Related Potential Components.”
The Peter Jusczyk Lecture Series (Thursday, 3pm, Room 5260, Life Sciences Centre) — Janet Werker, from the University of British Columbia, will speak.
In the harbour
5am: East Coast, oil tanker, arrives at Irving Oil from Saint John
6am: Morning Christina, car carrier, moves from Pier 27 to Autoport
6am: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, arrives at Pier 41 from St. John’s
9:15am: Grandeur of the Seas, cruise ship with up to 2,446 passengers, arrives at Pier 22 from Saint John
9:30am: Insignia, cruise ship with up to 800 passengers, arrives at Pier 23 from Bar Harbor
3pm: Augusta Mars, cargo ship, arrives at Pier 31 from sea
4pm: Morning Christina, car carrier, sails from Autoport for sea
4:14pm: Em Spetses, container ship, arrives at Pier 42 from Montreal
6:30pm: Grandeur of the Seas, cruise ship, sails from Pier 22 for Baltimore
9:30pm: Em Spetses, container ship, sails from Pier 42 for sea
10pm: Insignia, cruise ship, sails from Pier 23 for St. George, Bermuda
I’ll be on The Sheldon MacLeod Show, News 95.7, at 2pm.