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Is this from "The Onion", joke newspaper from Madison, WI which has humorous headlines and improbable news stories that one can't take seriously? I don't smoke anymore, so my health is no longer at risk, but I wonder about Canada's draconian new mandate that the tobacco warning should be printed on every damn last one of those fags in each and every pack or box just to make sure the kids know that smoking is baaddd for little Pierre and Yvette and don't you do it. (Or all cops will be after you, as the MacKenzie Brothers said.) That's just asinine. The Nanny State has gone rogue! What the hell is Justin up to?

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Morning @Ruckerwocman,
Not 'The Onion' but it might as well be, it's from a local 'comic'.
Re: "...Canada's draconian mandate...".I read a few days ago they're considering banning smoking in pub gardens, amonst other 'sacred places in Blighty.
 
Morning @Ruckerwocman,
Not 'The Onion' but it might as well be, it's from a local 'comic'.
Re: "...Canada's draconian mandate...".I read a few days ago they're considering banning smoking in pub gardens, amonst other 'sacred places in Blighty.
It's been reported in the National Post, and the Toronto Sun as well.
Edited because of the dozy spellchecker....
 
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Is this from "The Onion", joke newspaper from Madison, WI which has humorous headlines and improbable news stories that one can't take seriously? I don't smoke anymore, so my health is no longer at risk, but I wonder about Canada's draconian new mandate that the tobacco warning should be printed on every damn last one of those fags in each and every pack or box just to make sure the kids know that smoking is baaddd for little Pierre and Yvette and don't you do it. (Or all cops will be after you, as the MacKenzie Brothers said.) That's just asinine. The Nanny State has gone rogue! What the hell is Justin up to?

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The kiddies all vape now, and the oldies get em tax-free on the reserve. No labels either,
 
Morning All,
From today's local 'comic'.
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It's currently a proposal from the Ministry of Health, not an actual draft regulation or law. They started a public consultation process on proposed tobacco regulations a couple of days ago, and this is one of the proposals along with a number of others relating to packaging. I have no idea if this is a serious proposal or if it will get dropped after the consultation process.

It would not be out of the question for the government to have proposed this without seriously supporting it. Including it in the consultation package would placate anti-smoking groups ("at least we tried") and be used as a bargaining chip with the tobacco companies ("we'll drop this proposal after the consultation if you don't make too much fuss over the other packaging changes").
 
A Sherman tank known as "Holy Roller" has been returned to Victoria Park in the middle of London Ontario after having spent nearly a year being restored to deal with the ravages of time and weather.
Standing tall again: WW II tank monument in London, Ont., emerges from makeover

The tank is one of only two Canadian Shermans to survive from the D Day landings all the way to the end of the war in Europe.

Here's a photo of the tank coming out of the repair shop.
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And it didn't take long before someone decided to prove what a knob he was. Someone decided to vandalize the Holy Roller tank in London Ontario. He gouged off 5 layers of paint with a grinder two weeks after the tank had returned to the park in the middle of town after major restorations.
Man, 44, from London charged after Holy Roller tank vandalized

The person responsible was chased off the tank by a couple of members of the First Hussars regiment who were in the park and then arrested by a nearby police foot patrol. The person responsible has been charged with vandalism. None of the news stories I have seen have given any motive for it.

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It's currently a proposal from the Ministry of Health, not an actual draft regulation or law. They started a public consultation process on proposed tobacco regulations a couple of days ago, and this is one of the proposals along with a number of others relating to packaging. I have no idea if this is a serious proposal or if it will get dropped after the consultation process.

It would not be out of the question for the government to have proposed this without seriously supporting it. Including it in the consultation package would placate anti-smoking groups ("at least we tried") and be used as a bargaining chip with the tobacco companies ("we'll drop this proposal after the consultation if you don't make too much fuss over the other packaging changes").
What other packaging changes can the tobacco companies do? Right now the health warning takes up over 75% of the front of the packet, the terms "light", "extra light", and "ultra light" have been banned, plain packaging has been introduced so that every packet has no logo or identifiable trademark, all cigarettes have had the company's name removed from the actual cigarette. Where it would once say "Player's", "Export", or any other name, each cigarette is now a plain white tube.
 
What other packaging changes can the tobacco companies do? Right now the health warning takes up over 75% of the front of the packet, the terms "light", "extra light", and "ultra light" have been banned, plain packaging has been introduced so that every packet has no logo or identifiable trademark, all cigarettes have had the company's name removed from the actual cigarette. Where it would once say "Player's", "Export", or any other name, each cigarette is now a plain white tube.

Here's where it was gazetted.
Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance)

I've only read the summary, but:
Not all tobacco product packaging is currently subject to labelling requirements, including packages for products intended for use with devices, those devices and their parts, water pipe tobacco, blunt wraps, as well as those for any novel tobacco product that may be introduced into the market in the future.

Canada is not yet fully compliant with its tobacco labelling obligations under the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), as not all tobacco product packaging is currently subject to labelling requirements

Note that various tobacco products which are currently exempt from labelling requirements will be brought under the existing regulations. Also, apparently the content and rotation of messages on the packaging will also be changed a bit.

I don't know if the proposal for labelling each cigarette is serious I also don't know whether just what sort of message could actually be put on an individual cigarette and still be legible.
 
War has been averted as Canada and Denmark agree to divide Hans Island between them. The border will follow a geologic feature which runs more or less down the centre of the island.
Canada and Denmark reach deal to divide uninhabited Arctic island.
New Trivia Questions?

1) It will be the site of Canada's second land border.

Those able to trek to the small island will have the rare opportunity to do a Homer Simpson-like dance between Nunavut and Greenland, though you probably won't have anything close to an easy time getting there.

The nearest populated place in Canada is Alert, 198 kilometres away, the world's northernmost continuously inhabited place and home to just a few dozen residents. If you're coming from Greenland, the closest populated place is Qaanaaq, 379 kilometres away, with a comparatively large population of over 650.

Probably not the types of places where you can expect to catch a domestic flight, not that Hans Island even has an airstrip to land at.

And you probably shouldn't expect to see any border checkpoints there either, as the island has no roads, ports, or any other means of moving tourists.

2) The most polite military showdown in history?

The playful non-conflict has involved the militaries of both countries leaving bottles of liquor as tokens of their land claims, Canadians leaving behind bottles of Canadian Club and the Danish planting bottles of schnapps.
 
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To the surprise of probably no one, the owners of the Ambassador Bridge which connects Windsor and Detroit have let their application to build a second span beside the first one expire.
Ambassador Bridge owner has no immediate plans to reapply for permit for 2nd span

As their proposal only arose during their fight to prevent the government of Canada building a new bridge and appeared to be just a tactic to try to defeat the competing bridge, I suspect that many people were doubtful about the seriousness of the plan.

The bridge, built in 1929, is privately owned and is by far the biggest border crossing between the two countries, accounting for 25 per cent of all trade between the two countries.

A new bridge, the Gordie Howe bridge, is under construction to the south of Windsor and will be completed in 2024. This is owned by the Government of Canada.

As it offers more direct access to the main highway through southern Ontario, the 401 it will probably siphon off much of the traffic that currently goes to the Ambassador Bridge. After that it's a good question as to how long the Ambassador bridge will last before it falls down due to lack of maintenance.
 

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To the surprise of probably no one, the owners of the Ambassador Bridge which connects Windsor and Detroit have let their application to build a second span beside the first one expire.
Ambassador Bridge owner has no immediate plans to reapply for permit for 2nd span

As their proposal only arose during their fight to prevent the government of Canada building a new bridge and appeared to be just a tactic to try to defeat the competing bridge, I suspect that many people were doubtful about the seriousness of the plan.

The bridge, built in 1929, is privately owned and is by far the biggest border crossing between the two countries, accounting for 25 per cent of all trade between the two countries.

A new bridge, the Gordie Howe bridge, is under construction to the south of Windsor and will be completed in 2024. This is owned by the Government of Canada.

As it offers more direct access to the main highway through southern Ontario, the 401 it will probably siphon off much of the traffic that currently goes to the Ambassador Bridge. After that it's a good question as to how long the Ambassador bridge will last before it falls down due to lack of maintenance.
Thoughts and prayers to them. Never mind.
 
A frozen baby woolly mammoth was discovered at a gold mine near Dawson, in Yukon Canada.
'She's perfect and she's beautiful': Frozen baby woolly mammoth discovered in Yukon gold fields

The mine is a placer operation in the area of the famous Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century. Mining is done by washing soil away using water and then separating out the gold dust. The frozen mammoth was found in the permafrost which underlies the area.

This is apparently only the second complete frozen baby woolly mammoth found in the world, and the first in North America. The previous one was found in Siberia in 2007.

The mammoth is believed to be between 35,000 and 40,000 years old.
 
And in politics news, Patrick Brown has said again that if Pierre Poilievre looks likely to win the Conservative leadership race in September then Brown will stay out of federal politics and run for mayor of Brampton again. Brampton is a city of 600,000 on the northern edge of Toronto.
Brown considering a run in Brampton mayoral race if rival Poilievre looks likely to win Tory leadership

Brown said that it would be pointless to run for MP in the Brampton area with Poilievre as party leader as there would be no hope of winning. He said that with Poilievre as the leader the election will be a "train wreck" for the Conservatives in Ontario.
"If it looks like Pierre is going to win, I would prefer to continue to serve municipally, rather than being a part of what will be an electoral train wreck of the Conservative Party," Brown told CBC News.

Currently Brown is waiting for the party to release membership lists before making any decisions. All the candidates are busy signing up new members for the party in the expectation that these members will vote for them in the leadership race. Brown has been particularly vocal with regards to the number of new memberships that Poilievre has claimed to sign up. He said that the only way Poilievre's numbers could be true is if none of the other candidates aside from Brown have signed up any supporters at all, which he doesn't think likely.

Once the membership list has been released to the leadership candidates they will have 96 hours to go over it and raise objections.

Brown's campaign staff have already raised concerns with the party over what they say has been Poilievre's campaign selling multiple memberships to individual supporters, apparently raising the possibility of people voting multiple times.

Leslyn Lewis’ team has also questioned whether Poilievre was selling multiple memberships to individuals.

Here are the party leadership candidates. Going clockwise from the upper left they are Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis, Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown, Roman Baber.
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Early on Wednesday morning, someone at a pop and soft rock station in Vancouver, Canada, began playing the song Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine.


Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine performing at the Reading Festival.



Then they played it again.

And again.
By midday, the song had played hundreds of times on Kiss Radio 104.9 FM, prompting online speculation that the singular choice was a protest against layoffs by parent company Rogers Sports and Media.
 

Early on Wednesday morning, someone at a pop and soft rock station in Vancouver, Canada, began playing the song Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine.

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine performing at the Reading Festival.

Then they played it again.

And again.
By midday, the song had played hundreds of times on Kiss Radio 104.9 FM, prompting online speculation that the singular choice was a protest against layoffs by parent company Rogers Sports and Media.
The Vancouver Sun suggest that it's a publicity stunt as part of the radio station re-launching in a new format.
Vancouver's KiSS FM has been playing Rage Against the Machine on repeat. Why?

But it also could be a stunt to signal a shift in format. (...)

Talk around the local radio industry also suggested the station would be rebranded as Sonic, similar to the Rogers-owned FM station in Edmonton, which plays a modern rock format. (...)

Postmedia reached out to Rogers Sports and Media about the future of the station and choice of song on loop.

In an emailed response, a spokeswoman revealed few details, saying only that “we will have more details to share with you tomorrow morning on the plans for 104.9 FM in Vancouver.”
 

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