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"bill blair" Discussed on Front Burner
"On monday. Over one hundred out of province crews are expected to arrive in bc to help with firefighting efforts. According to the bbc wildfire service those resources will be dispersed across interior bc. Bill blair the federal minister public safety and emergency preparedness also said that the canadian military will provide air support for areas affected by the wildfires until july nineteenth. That's it for today. I'm jimmy porcelain..
Man Shot to Death at Vancouver's Airport in Gang Incident
"A man has been shot to death at the Vancouver International Airport and what authorities say appears to be a gang related incident. Officers intercepted a suspected getaway car shortly after Sunday's shooting at the airport and were fired on from the car. Police say an unspecified number of suspects escaped. Federal public safety Minister Bill Blair called the shooting
"bill blair" Discussed on The Current
"How effective will the ban announced yesterday and terms of direct flights from india and pakistan be in stopping further variants from coming to this country. Well we've been studying this for over a year. And i would say that you know. We need a comprehensive approach so this is a reaction to what is another variant. That seems to be of interest potentially of concern and what we've learned from looking at other countries. And we've heard about this just now. Is that if you are preventive if you if you are preemptive in those in those risks than that means that you get on top of them before they emerge so. This is a reaction. You're putting in something that already. The very end is in the country. And you're sort of acting too late by that point so we need a more. Comprehensive approach one that is really screening every traveler and testing and quarantining them regardless of where they come from targeting hotspots as. We're calling them. It's not the effective way to go. You're the minister. Say that we already have some of the toughest restrictions in the world when it comes to testing and quarantining for colin. What do you make of that. Well i research is looking at all countries around the world as i say and there is now emerging gold standard on what package of measures are needed and when they need to be applied and This combination is pre order at the border and within the border measures. As i say you need to do this early on and you need to do it. Continually so not pre not reacting but preventing. So we've talked about australia and new zealand and north South korea but there's also countries like thailand vietnam. Done this kind of gold standard practice so in this base is what we have in canada. It is better than it was because we had quite quite Loose measures but it's still really falls short of that gold standard. We have a long list of exemptions. We have some loopholes to close. We have quarantine measures that need to be more strictly enforced and we have data which is actually partial and it doesn't provide us with timely and detailed risk assessment so. Let's say maybe candidates like a bronze medal standard. Possibly we know that the variants are already here. British columbia yesterday confirmed dozens of cases of the so called. Double mutant covid nineteen variant. That was first seen in india. What do we know just briefly about this variant but we it's a variant of interest up to this point and i think it arrived in bc some somewhere around early april. And there's now. I believe thirty. Nine cases have been identified. It is turning into a variant of concern potentially because what's unfolding and it is this w mutation And it seems to be highly transmissible and possibly you know causing higher rates edessa. It is one of many variants that are people are watching. And i think the key point is that we we need to expect variance to keep emerging and we need to be anticipating that You know they're going to come in. Keep coming into the country if we continue to have travelers coming in. That are not properly Screen tested and quarantine bill bill. Blair's point though. I mean we're not an island. You know three thousand or thirteen thousand kilometers from the middle of the ocean..
"bill blair" Discussed on The Current
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"bill blair" Discussed on V103
"Right, Steve time now for our headlines, Take it away. Ladies and gentlemen, miss and trip. Thank you. Thank you, Everybody and good morning. The Biden administration met with Senate Democrats yesterday to continue working out the fine points of the president's proposed trillion dollar covert relief package, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer says the party intends to push it through over the objections of the GOP. If need be, we will not repeat the mistakes of the past. Our goal is simple. Help the American people. And the American economy and do it fast. Mr. Biden is asking for nearly $2 trillion package Trillion with a T, which Republicans insist is much too expensive. The GOP says they want a much cheaper $600 billion bill to get this Utah Republican Mitt Romney is calling out his colleagues, his hypocrites, reminding them that they allowed a former Republican president Donald Trump, with the Republican dominated the House and Senate toe. Add a trillion with a t dollars every year. To the national debt. Romney said this on a recent podcast called Utah Politics More and more currently under used sports venues under use, of course, because of the Corona pandemic are repurpose ng themselves into mass vaccination sites for the vaccines. Bank of America Stadium now in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one site. The home of the Carolina Panthers joins Charl, its Motor Speedway as well. A stadiums in Los Angeles, Miami and elsewhere. As the feds continue searching for the culprits of the January 6th insurrection and making arrests. Canada now has become the first country to declare the white supremacist group the proud boys, a terrorist organization, Canada's public safety mission, Bill Blair, minister Rather Bill Blair says Proud boys are one of 13 groups now designated as terrorist organizations and that Canada will not tolerate quote ideological, religious or politically motivated acts. Ah, violence unquote. Here's something. Officials in North Carolina say they're going to stop issuing Confederate flag license plates. Yeah, In fact, the Tar Heel state Division of Motor vehicles says It will not not only stop using that stars and bars but also they're not going to renew the stars and bars place already out there that's in North Carolina and the tills childhood home has finally been granted landmark status. Chicago City councils past the landmark warnings for the South Side building where the 14 year old boy lived with his mother, Mamie, till mostly Until he was sent down south for the summer and two depraved and racist white men brutally beat, tortured, shot and then barbed wire the child's body to an industrial fan and threw it in the river Young and it's disgustingly brutal murder those sick and not only blacks, but whites in the rest of the country who finally had to admit the brutal way Black Americans of all ages retreated in south and that proved to be a catalyst of an even stronger civil rights movement. Sad news actor Hal Holbrook has died. Holbrook with his tall, slender countenance play deep throat in all the president's men. It's the media's.
Canada Formally Declares Proud Boys a Terrorist Group
"Group that took part in the capital siege is now considered a terror group in Canada. Canada listed the proud boys and a dozen other extremist groups as terrorist entities in part, public safety Minister Bill Blair said because of the January 6th riot at the U. S. Capitol is disturbing and concerning is as those images and those events were They also provided law enforcement and our intelligence services with a trove of new information on voice joins Al Qaeda and Isis on Canada's terror list. Some of these groups are in fact, quite odious and and and their activities and their rhetoric is vile. The designation freezes assets and open supporters to criminal sanctions.
"bill blair" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio
"For terrorism and not people will be listening of a group as a terrorist entity fairly significant legal consequences and and by the way living knowledge to you that the attack has like mosque a most more recently at the mosque in toronto all were ideologically motivated extremist violence events and therefore deeply concerning many of these organizations are promoting. They'll self-same hatreds and intolerances that give rise to goes types who against unorganized nation as a terrorist entity does a number of very important things it places significant restrictions on their their finances and their ability to to fundraise in canada. It provides us with with some additional tools. Limiting there's there's social media activities. And i think quite importantly i'm can also create additional criminal offenses which will require other evidence but but can create just for those who provide support to those entities for for the collection of weapons league for the travel for other financial supports and so it is another important tool available to us to address the the threat that these organizations represent and whether there was evidence of criminality those are other processes which were quick to proceed with whether the evidence is dale. Mr blair i appreciate you found time for us. Thank you thank you very much. Bill blair is canada's public safety minister. We.
Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least Sept.
"The Canada U. S border will remain closed to non essential travel for at least another month. Today's announcement by Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United States. The land border restrictions aimed controlling the Corona virus pandemic. We're First announced in March and have been renewed monthly. Many Canadians fear a reopening Canada has flattened the epidemic curve, while the United States has more confirmed cases and deaths from covet. 19 Than any other country
"bill blair" Discussed on Amanpour
"More than three year manhunt and it's not just specific to these allegations about hit squad coming in Toronto which we're more than confident that we will litigating in court. So, again, just to say what what we've heard from the Canadian authorities, Bill Blair whose Canada's Minister for Public Safety. Says, while we cannot comment on specific allegations currently before the courts we are aware of incidents in which foreign actors of attempted to monitor, intimidate or threatened Canadians, and those living in Canada. It is completely unacceptable and we will never tolerate foreign actors threatening Canada's national security or the safety of our citizens and our residents. HOLID- CAN I ask you before I get to what the Saudi government is alleging about your father what are they a? You're also out here talking you are in Toronto as well. How have you been affected I dunno drawn into this specifically. I. Father I am a brother. A doctor who dedicated his career to saving lives, and now all they care about is saving the lives of Sarah and Omar and my family. So I think anybody in my position will go to the extreme to secure the safety of his dad and to release his brother and sister from this unjustified imprisonment and disappearance it's been really tough to adopt. We are dealing with active threats as recent as a couple of weeks ago and I have to say I'm grateful for the vigilance if the security agencies both in the US and in Canada have been coming and engaging with us. And context of duty to warn as early as January two, thousand eighteen. and You yourself I believe and I think it says. So in the in the sued you in the United States with threatened in terms of. Something your studies disrupted or something you would try. They were trying to get you to persuade your father to go back trying to reach him through you. Yes. So I've been subjected to acts of spying espionage and Boston adequately documented with the. With the agencies in Boston. The government..
"bill blair" Discussed on The Current
"On. Cbc Radio One. My Name's Matt Galloway. I live in a rural part of Scotia. Where there's lots of punking one in this province law-abiding citizens can actually own guns in this country and in this province about assault weapons really absolutely make no sense and and to me the argument that you're taking rights away from while biding gun owners Just doesn't hold water when it comes to. That's the premium Scotia. Stephen McNeil reacting to criticism of the federal government's ban on assault style weapons in Canada. The announcement came on. Friday immediately prohibits the selling transportation and importation or use of some fifteen hundred different types of what the government calls assault rifles criticism was swift and it came from all sides. Bill Blair is the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister. Good Morning Good Morning. We talked just very quickly about the timing around. This are there are a number people as you know who say that. You have exploited a tragedy in Nova Scotia for this move especially when there can't be proper political debate right now. How do you respond to that criticism? Matt let's be very clear when we ran on a platform on which we said very clearly our intention to prohibit assault style weapons in this country and and and Canadians strongly support that that approach. What we've seen over the past. Several months is a continuing increase in the number of of these weapons that are coming into Canada. You've seen sales just over the past year and a half continually to increase matter of fact the gun lobby quite legally reported on on that increase and during this this pandemic because of a number of social pressures that exists. We have not seen any reduction. John Violence and and and the incidents of gun violence in our in our communities right across the country continues to be a serious problem and tragically two weeks ago. We we saw I've just yet. Another instance the worst in history of an individual who armed themselves and went out and engaged mashups mass murder and and it there is no excuse not to act and and let me also be very clear. We use the legislator tools that are have been in place since the nineteen those-those actually tools of classifying weapons through ordering council or put in place by a progressive conservative government. Certainly even the Harper government on a number of occasions. Use THOSE TOOLS TO REMOVE ITEM. Weapons from the prohibited list and so we did what we said we were going to do and you know. I remember that. Many years ago after the terrible anti-cook for little children were killed. I was reading. I worked because I was vice. President major city. He's down in the United States and I remember going with my colleagues to Capitol Hill then and they said now is not the time and I remember shaking my head and absolute just believes that this gets in the aftermath of such a tragedy. Legislators were afraid to act then shame on them and then I came back to Canada. We've had a similar tragedy in Canada. Twenty two people who've lost their life and then that try and in that tragedy. We know that those guns we believe came from the United States. So again and again. That's not true. Like some of those weapons have come to the United States. Some of them were domestically source. But as I think will become very clear with when the information comes out probably investigation the the two long guns out were seized in that investigation are both military style assault weapons and and you know there has just been enough did they. Did they come from? Did they come from Canada or did they come from the United States? The question is again and well. I will tell you one of the source but but the presence of these guns in Canada Is is is a problem like if you could probably say toss in college at the at the Mosque in Quebec City in Moncton in Fredericton admire. We have had far too many tragic circumstances in this country where weapons that were designed to kill. People were used people and as a Friday. We have now prohibited those weapons in Canada. I believe it was absolutely the right thing to do. There is no place in a civil society for weapons that were designed for military purpose to be used recreational. I guess I ask about the border. We'll ask about the border and part and you know this is a former chief of police in you and I have spoken about this a number of times that many of the guns or some people might believe the majority of guns that are used in crimes in this country. Come across the border. Why not stronger efforts to close that pipeline of weapons coming from the United States into Canada? Well Matt perhaps the people saying that have missed the rest of the announcement we made on Friday and what we can't paint on which said very clearly so. We are taking a number of significant steps. We have now prohibited in Canada the the sale and the proliferation of military weapons for for recreational purposes. We've prohibited the sale of those guns in Canada and we have also said very clearly that we will be bringing forward legislation that will create new offenses new penalties new authorities for the police to to shut down the illegal flow of weapons of the border. But we haven't just started but not for the past four years. We saw it in two thousand thirteen. Good border services was gutted and almost four billion four hundred million dollars. Two hundred billion dollars was taken out of their budgets and we lost a thousand border services officers time the RCMP was similarly had their slash staffing fires. And they took him right into. This is organized crime investigation supposed to crime investigations because they understand. We have spent the last four years putting those resources back. We went to the province and said we'll we'll provide you with two hundred fourteen million dollars. Sixty five million dollars sample in which we've provided the to the policy said this is money for guns and gang investigations and deal more effectively with these weapons on your streets and we invested eighty nine million dollars. In the border services Andy Rcmp to strengthen their response and their their capacity to deal with smuggling of weapons into the country. We have done a great deal like we are going to do a great deal more but but you know people who say we. We should do nothing because they all come from the United States that flies in the face of my experience as a law enforcement official but we know that weapons that are used for crimes in Canada have three sources I agree many of them are smuggled across the border and we are taking steps to stop that many of them are stolen from BOFFA orders. We're going to make a requirement that all firearms have to be stored more securely and and some of them tragically are also purchase legally and then sold illegally. That's on trafficking or diversion and we're going to put a stop to that as well. We know that it's not well. We know we know that handguns kill more people in Canada than assault rifles. Why didn't you ban handguns as well? We have also said that we are bringing forward matters and this is a prime minister strongly indicated through the weekend and and and during the campaign. We're bringing forward measures to make it far more difficult to criminals to get their hands on handguns. That would that would put the onus on municipalities to ban handguns. Why not a federal ban on handguns? That there are federal restrictions that we are putting on hand got very strong restrictions are in place at any new restrictions will be added with respect to handguns but we we know on on the one hand out that there are people so sport shooters who are very responsible conscientious and their ownership and use of handguns. But we want to make sure that we do all things necessary to keep guns out of the hands of people who would commit crimes look and there is more to do and we're going to do it. Why does why does anyone need? A hang on very clearly. You leaders in Toronto. For example Mayor Tori has asked many times and said we want to be able to affect more measures appropriate for Toronto and we'll work with Toronto Montreal and Edmonton and communities right across Canada that to enable them and empower them to take additional steps that are appropriate to their jurisdictions. So it it it it. It's a complex issue but one. We are absolutely committed to address. Why does anyone need a handgun in Canada? Well other than law enforcement for law enforcement purposes the use of the handgun is limited. It's awesome clear for the origin and purpose. Stadiums go Canada's gun laws only reason to possess any firearm in this country for sports purposes. In to be you have to have property licensed authorized to do so sports purposes of hunting or sports shooting and and and not for personal protection. And that's very important difference between ourselves for example in in in the United States. We're on with their second amendment. They have like to bear arms. Our personal protection so we draw that line very clearly in this country and our laws reflect. Canadian values that we do not ourselves so the purpose of protecting ourselves from each other and so when I hear gun lobby suggesting that. That's the purpose of weapons that is contrary to long and his country to our to to the culture of firearm ownership in this country. I'll just go back to the question though if handguns kill more people in Canada than assault rifles. Should there the the push from from from people who want a greater restrictions on on firearms? Is they say that. This should be a national policy that it shouldn't be punted to municipalities and other levels of government that the federal government could take leadership on this in Japan handguns across the country. There there are. There is a very rigorous debate in this country about.
"bill blair" Discussed on The Current
"Retail hospitality customer service manufacturing airline. The list goes on and on the Canadian. Economy is not in good shape and that's putting it politely. As the rent comes do the bills pile up and industries wonder what will face them on the other side of this. Look at what's happening with your money. From the price of oil to what the eventual rebound could look like and later for many Canadians. Less money here means less money going home. The money being sent home which for a lot of our consumer expenditures is really going to justice effected with the Global Economy. Wobbling Philippines alone expects to lose more than three and a half billion dollars in remittances from overseas workers. Were here that means to those workers here and their families around the world. Also this morning the Liberals move to ban certain models of so-called assault rifles is getting fierce response from gun control advocates and gun owners will the move actually reduced? The number of Canadians killed in shootings. And why not ban one of the most controversial weapons of all handguns? The Public Safety Minister and former chief of police. Bill Blair is here in an hour. Plus why Vancouver musicians are playing private concerts for hospital patients across this country we begin though in Italy where after weeks and weeks of a punishing lockdown. The outdoors finally beckons. Good Morning. I'm Matt Galloway. And this is an extended edition of the current. Talion woke up this morning. Knowing they had a little bit more freedom in a country hit by almost thirty thousand corona virus deaths freedom today meant being allowed to visit a public park and being allowed to exercise outside over the coming weeks the government will loosen the restrictions even more Lewis. Ella Romero is a tour guide in Venice. We've checked in with her a few times over this pandemic. Lorenzo penalty is a professor of architecture in Rome. They both join us now. Good morning to you. Both Lorenzo what was it like going outside in Rome. Well I went outside This morning I went for a walk. was the first time that I went outside of my house after fifty four a I mean until now I went dollars just for grocery shopping. Go to department team but we would not allow to to go beyond two hundred meters from your own Residents so finally this morning myself my wife who went for a nice walk in. Dc December. I should say it was badly prize. You know I was expecting people But seem to most of the stores are closed. Most of the people work from home. the number. It's very very quiet and low traffic and not that many people are now and and basically people responsible making sure that you know there was a sense amongst ourselves making sure that You know he'll went to won't get the going to shop. If you want where open you will wait outside. I don't know I'm I'M I. I was very happy to be able to go in and do a nice to be a Nice Day Betty. Not It will very pleasant weather better than being better than being stuck inside. Certainly certainly because I I don't. I don't have an outdoor space and spent a week from March eight until yesterday. We spent all Awami home at home. I with q exceptions of going out. But for for the amount of time and again it was either myself or my wife we could not go together outside and so it was Louis aloke. What about you how? How does it Venice today? How everyone.
"bill blair" Discussed on The Current
"That this is winding down right away. And I think there will be a time difference between when the government says we've run out of time and then when something actually happens so I think we we are days away still from a solution but I would also say that. The lack of patience is not just from premiers. Not just from Canadians. It's also from inside the Prime Minister's own caucus. He certainly heard from all of them on Wednesday real concerns about how this get solved a lot of anxiety around that and trying to reflect back some of the concerns of Canadian so the pressure on him is really coming from everywhere and the government still believes as you heard there from Minister Blair that the way out of this is to talk although that move of the RCMP again. Symbolically is is really significant if they can actually if they can actually convinced the wet. Sowetan of that too. This is a minority government and the pressure comes not just from premieres across the country from the opposition as well have listened to what Andrew Scheer leader of the Conservative Party said yesterday and question period these anti-free-market anti energy activists have nothing to do with reconciliation. It is completely in just for up to fifteen hundred people to have to go without a paycheck because some people are breaking the law. Andrew Scheer has used the word week a number of times to describe the prime minister. How I mean. That's a loaded word. Obviously this is a political issue in a minority government but how damaging is all of this to Justin Trudeau? Well it's obviously a test of leadership and it's a test of leadership for prime minister that has now been tested on three major crises in the past two months they he is convening the incident response. Group this group of ministers and officials that he gets around the table. He's doing that this morning to discuss the downing of the plane in Iran Corona virus. And this I mean that's all still happening and it's all happened within two months there. There's a lot going on here. And there's certainly a test of of how he's government response to this and him in particular but I would say that this one is probably more directly related to him or closer to him because it is an issue that that he has talked about so much that he feels so strongly about which is reconciliation and trying to fix things with the indigenous peoples of this country. So there's a I think a recognition that if this doesn't go right if they can't get this to where they want it to be through talk and dialogue than there are some questions about what that means for the overall agenda reconciliation and I'm not suggesting it's dead or or anything like that or they can't proceed with other things that they're doing important things that they're doing but but I do think that the goodwill of Canadians and indigenous people might run out this opportunity because it is an opportunity in some ways doesn't actually bear fruit and that is something that the prime minister will wear. If this can't be solved proper given that are you surprised that he hasn't made an effort to go to northern BC and meet with hereditary chiefs directly. And I don't know whether that invitation would be extended but but he's he's had ministers outs delegated to deal with this people. Say this is so important to you. Why aren't you taking this on? Well listen I mean sure absurd something that they've talked about and they've considered for now they're leaving it with the ministers and I think the reason for that is is pretty simple if we get into a place where the prime minister is going off around the country. Every time there is a protest or a blockade around a project That certainly sends a signal about how you get his attention and how you potentially deal with projects like this you know. Tm X. is purchased and cleared but there are many first nations for of them anyway. That are against that project if they see that this is effective in some way. What's happening here? Who's to say that they won't try same thing and get the prime minister's attention that way they're they're making a decision on oil sense it probably the end of next week so you have to be careful. I think how you leverage the prime minister's own credibility and capital here But is it possible that at some point that becomes needed? Perhaps but I think that. That's that's not the first consideration Fischler. Rosie thank you thanks. Rosemary Barton the CBS's chief political correspondent. She spoke with us from Ottawa. For more CBC PODCASTS GO TO CBC DOT CA slash podcasts..
"bill blair" Discussed on The Current
"Resolve it peacefully. And we've been supporting the efforts of the police. Ultimately they still have the the jurisdictional responsibility to enforce that injunction. And bring those barricades down. Everybody's been working hard to do that. Peaceably as possible. I think the the the steps taken by the RCMP. Today's ago are very significant and do create a set of circumstances that allow for peaceful resolution of this matter. But if the barricades need if the barricades don't come down what will you do? Well I think we will always consider the first of all our commitment to reconciliation and to address the underlying concerns and injustices that need to be addressed in that agenda will remain. We'll continue our commitment to continue to work on those those issues but we have tried very hard over the past two weeks to bring about the conditions that will allow for a peaceful resolution of these blockages ultimately if if that fails that the police have other resources available to them at their options in the use of of of of their legal authorities to remove those barricades I understand that the police have been you know. Patient and working hard themselves to try to resolve this peaceably. Will you send a deadline? If for the the barricades to be removed and I will tell you the urgency of getting this done. I'm strongly of the belief this needs to happen quickly and and and I believe barricades should come down. So why would you so? Would you set a deadline for the barricades to be down? The difficulty of setting deadlines is is is deadlines. Aren't necessarily how help wanted in a in a negotiation. I think everyone who is involved in this discussion has to understand that. There is an urgency to a peaceful resolution but it has to happen very quickly. The impact of these packages unacceptable Canadians. It's impacting innocent cages across the country. And it needs to inform both sides discussions. We understand that. Some of the many of the concerns that have been raised by the people of. What's The wet end on the blockades? We've tried in. I think the PF demonstrated a very professional approach to helping to resolve the issues in dispute but there is an urgency to to to resolving this as quickly as possible and the remaining case are unacceptable and need to come down and the remaining seconds that we have people outside of Edmonton showed up in pickup trucks and brought the Bra blockades down themselves. Are you concerned that there will be more of that sort of activity? I'm always concerned about an escalating tension and confrontation at at these sites and again. I know the goal of the police and certainly the goal of our government is to bring this about bring about a peaceful resolution of of this dispute to end those blockades to get the trains moving again and then to continuing our commitment to work with indigenous communities to address issues of reconciliation. That's the way we're committed to all of those things and mostly we're committed to a peaceful resolution of this matter but we've got to get those trains moving. Canadians are depending on bill. Blair good to speak with you. Thank you bill Blair. Administer public safety and emergency preparedness Rosemary. Barton the one Saturday morning in June. Nineteen ninety nine. Fifteen Year Olds Menia. Non Devel- disappeared in never came home. No one has ever been charged with her murder but there was a suspect never command like him. I'm Michelle Shepherd this season on uncover. I don't recall making that Com. That's fine if you don't recall it but I'm telling you that's what you told me. Uncover Sherman available now wherever you get your podcast. Abc's chief political correspondent. She's been listening in Rosemead wanting to you. What do you make of what you just heard from? Bill Blair the public safety minister a couple of things. Strike me there. I think there was a small shift in language. Both from Minister Blair and from other ministers that we've been hearing for from over the past twelve hours or so when he said the time has come for the barricades to come down That's a very different kind of statement than what we were hearing much earlier this week which was really just a call for patients although that that continues and and it seems to me that that shift in language we should probably read that as to your point of is there a deadline as as we are coming to the end of what the government has a deadline because they certainly have one minister. Miller has said that and others. They're not going to talk about it publicly because to to Minister Blair's point. That probably won't help negotiations but they certainly know that we are in the last days of this in terms of trying to talk it through what that means in terms of how the actually solve it. I'm not sure but I would say that they that they know that this is coming to ahead. Is that happening now because the RCMP has offered to withdraw from territory. Yeah I mean I think that was a significant move. The government sees it as such and now they hope that the wet Sowetan see it as such and more importantly frankly that the Mohawk community sees it that way you know that that has become sort of the flashpoint and obviously the biggest issue the blockade that has to come down right away. It's clear that the issues around what's happening on the wet. Sowetan territory are not going to solved this week or next week. These are much longer bigger longstanding issues so the priority for the government is to get the blockade down if they can or if they feel that if they can suggest that they have complied or answered one of the Web's weapons demands or conditions There's a hope that the Mohawk will see that and that they will be able to then pull away the Wetzel wet. And there's a few of those chiefs there today. They're meeting with the Mohawks near my last night and this meeting. I mean although all sides are saying it's really just a meaning of to give. Thanks I think the hope is that it's much more than that that that becomes a way for the two sides these two first nations to discuss how to deescalate this and for the Mohawks to say we've done. We've done a good job raising awareness and now we can let this go. That would be hope. I think one of the reasons why there might be that change in tone is because the prime minister is facing heat from premiers and territorial leaders over how he's handled this. There was a conference call last night. How did that go yeah so he? He spoke with him last night after they all convened the day before and expressed a lot of frustration. Some coming from quarters that you would expect people that don't love the Prime Minister Anyway. But the premiums and the premiums Berta last night's call from what we understand went fine. I would say but that the premier's did again talk about running out of patience and I would say one premier in particular has become problematic. And that's that's the premier of Quebec Hospital. Go who yesterday not only wanted that injunction to happen. Those injunctions were issued in Ceylon Bio to get the blockade. Remove there but made it very clear that he's quite happy for the police for the Celtics Quebec to come in and enforce that injunction. Let's have a listen. Well let's have listen. Here's what I said yesterday about. What's going on along Montreal south shore? We hope to have a peaceful solution but right now this blockade is illegal. It as a major impact on our economy on life of people Right now some people are losing their job. So it's about time. We have a plan to make sure that the laws are respected. Rosemary Barton how does that complicate? What the Prime Minister and government are trying to do. Well I mean it's the exact thing that everyone else is trying to avoid and I. It's a curious position from premier in a province. That is all too familiar with blockades and injunctions and calling the police and things going wrong happened in one thousand nine hundred for seventy eight days and police officer was killed. So it's a little curious that the premier seems so quick to go to that solution particularly given that blockade has not even been very long. I think I don't think there's any one. Certainly no one that I've spoken to that thinks that escalation will result in something good there too many historical examples of how these things have sort of spun out of. Control that said everyone is aware of the The real impact starting to be felt whether it be the layoffs or the people who can't get products and goods and the fact that this is probably going on a little too long that said I don't. I don't think.
"bill blair" Discussed on The Current
"You're not welcome here for cannon you think so you think why job does not use me. I'm just trying to remove your favorite haunt me released. A there is some hope. Perhaps that seems like that could soon be coming to an end. Blockades have sprung up across this country disrupting the movement of goods and people and consuming candidates political leaders for more than two weeks. The blockades are in support of the wet sweat and hereditary chiefs who are opposing a natural gas pipeline in northern BC. Those chiefs are calling on the rcmp to leave their territory before they'll meet federal ministers yesterday. The Public Safety Minister confirmed that the mounties have offered to do just that bill. Blair is that Minister of Public Safety and emergency preparedness. They'll Blair good morning. Good morning did the federal government till the RCMP. To pull back that's matter of fact. The rules are very explicit in this that they're on they're under no circumstances can I or or the government direct the RCN pin or the police in section on in their operations. Did the federal government play any role in this decision? I as You well where we have been engaged in this issue and very hard over the past several weeks to try to bring about a peaceful resolution to the dispute that exists I think I have been very responsible and responsive to the concerns that have been raised They and their their new to this. I also tell you I'm very well aware that the champion British Columbia have been working very carefully with with and closely with hereditary chiefs in in that area and and have over the past. Several weeks been been negotiating. A peaceful resolution and enforcement of the injunction that the empty we're tasked with enforcing their this is part of ongoing dial nine existing and taking place between the RCMP. And they have Jason. The people of the what's the wet and Territory over a long period of time. I think the PF have listened and responsive. And and I think it's indicative as well. They're peace officers matt and and their intent and and all of their efforts to date have been to resolve the issues in dispute and most peaceable way are you comfortable with the actions that the RCMP took a few weeks ago when they tried to break up the protests. There are a lot of people who said that that was the flash point and that when people when he came in Heavily armed the people took great offense to that and that is what led to the situation. We're in now where you comfortable without the deployed there you know. Let me let me explain the whole thing at the junction actually was issued on December. Thirty first The RCMP engaged in in very extensive discussion and dialogue. That with the the the people in the region with with both our elected chiefs and the hereditary chiefs there was ongoing discussion for almost forty days before any enforcement action was taken and and and you know th there were a number of a recipe. But you know I think very very in a very difficult situation. The managed to to fulfill their obligations to for to enforce the injunction but no one was injured A minimal amount of force was used and and it was done in a very careful way and and I think when Katie get an opportunity to understand exactly how the approach that they will see that that their intent at all times was to maintain the safest environment for everyone involved to the people in that territory but also for the officers who were doing the job that the law required them to use. This offer. By the pull back as a breakthrough has there been any response from the hereditary chiefs. Not directly to me. I know there have been ongoing discussions between Mr Miller. Mister Minister Bennett with the TERI chiefs But I I think it's a very significant thing. The people who who set up the blockades in the tides NEGGA territory and in other parts of Canada. I'm really focused. On their concern. About the hereditary chiefs requested the the RCMP. Leave that roadway Where they had stationed themselves. During the period of enforcement of the injunction the RCMP. Listen and and and and part of their work of keeping this. A peaceful and Non Confrontational resolution has been listening and responding. I think in a very appropriate way we'll the RCMP. Leave that territory. I mean they've made this offer but they haven't actually pulled back. They have sent the message to to to the veteran chief agreeing that they would do as as had been asked onto to withdraw from the. There's a temporary station set up at Columbia Twenty Nine on the roadway that had been the subject to the junction and and that they they have offered agreed to to move back. That process is now underway And and and I think that's again it's it's it's being done in a safe and appropriate way and and I believe it is a breakthrough Mac. I might not. I think you know this is what people said. They were concerned about the the law enforcement. Authorities responsible for the area have listened and and based on their evaluation of the conditions that exist there. They believe it is safe to do so. And I think they're responding on an appropriate way and I'm very hopeful that the people that asked for that would happen would recognize first of all that gesture and and and how important it is but also would recognize the the terrible impact. These disruptions are having given those Disruptions in the impact that this is happening there are people who have been calling for stronger action from the police have a listen to Peter Mackay Conservative Party leadership hopeful here. He is speaking in an interview on CPAC. What I would do differently is. I would expect the police to do their job. And essentially that is to clear the tracks to make sure that people merchandise and services are moving. Well it's not about ordering them. It's about letting them know that they should act within their jurisdiction there are rights at stake here and the rights are of every working Canadian. Who has the ability to move across this country and that is being impeded by individuals who are acting against the law and so the expectations should be an is that Canadians will have their police. Intervene Bill Blair. You'll have heard people say clear the tracks and ensure that the police are able to do that. Should police have responded more strongly? Let me tell you I I certainly i. You know I've done that job and I've been on the streets and and I remember vividly in two thousand nine when you know. Tens of thousands of people took the streets in Toronto and giving the protests during the the end of the conflict that was taking place in the highlands and and went up on the gardeners. You'll recall it. I recall David Lee that they were voices like that calling for us to to move into use force to arrest people to drive them off the streets my job was to resolve that peaceably and to help those people. The first of all to respect their their right to lawful peaceful protest and at the same time to work diligently to resolve that as peaceably as possible. And that's what we did and notwithstanding there were lots of people who were you know. People I think who've never stood on those lines don't really understand the role of the police and we re not to go in and and use force to drive to to to bring about the end of these protests but but rather to work diligently. And I'll tell you that currently right now at the blockades across the country man jurisdiction for that isn't it federal jurisdiction it's a provincial jurisdiction steel VP entire Tanega. It's the sort of things to come back in and places in Quebec and even the where where the NPR. The police have jurisdiction that. They're working under a provincial. Up Leasing Agreement and answering to the provincial authority and official provincial general but in the meantime those barricades continued to stay up the transport minister. Marc Garneau is on as it happens last night. He said we need to bring those barricades down now. What happens if they're not brought down now and I also believe the time has come for those barricades to come down. Come Down with how we've been working to support the police and everyone's effort to resolve this peacefully and that is our goal but but ultimately the barricades must come down. We have to get those trains moving again. Canadians rely on it. And people's lives are being impacted then. People are laid off in their jobs and can't support their families. That's a significant impact. And and I will tell you. We are all seized by the urgency of the need to resolve this quickly. We have worked very very hard over the last two weeks to.
How Canadas sex work laws put lives at risk
"Me what went through your mind when you saw the coverage about the murder of Quebec city sex worker Maryland Leveque You know to be honest. I avoided reading about it for a few days. I knew that it was going to be painful to engage with and so I took a couple of days to just ready myself off To read the coverage And then when I did of course it was it was a I was very upset. I was upset at such disregard for sex workers lives and just the incredibly gross incompetence that went into her murder like all of the different factors played into that. Yeah it was really painful. Yeah the idea that his they're like we're going to allow him to meet his sexual need for like killing his partner. You know brutally and in terms of like the the media media reaction and the response to it. You know you've been you've been you've really interesting history of activism you co founded the migrant sex worker project sex workers. There's project I'm you've done a lot of harm reduction to like. What did you see sort of missing from the conversations around sex worker safety kind of sprung out of the smarter and the way that people responded the to it? Yeah I mean one of the wild things for me is that you know the government in two thousand fourteen under Harper introduced series of antisemitic legislation. And one of the things things they did was they criminalized the sharing of information between sex workers. You know what the criminalization of sex work does is it. Basically prevents experts from sharing information including about men who've been harassing abusive or even violent. And so they criminalized that information but then they it was unbelievable to me that they would prevent sex workers from from sharing information with each other but then they wouldn't even give sex workers the the information they have that they had sent a killer to them. Yeah so they could have the notified them. Could've way way first of all it never should have happened in the first place. I mean there were so many steps at which this tragedy could have been prevented and I think that's one of the reasons that is a tragedy is how completely preventable. It was at at so many different stages but to send a killer out into the community to access the community of sex workers without notifying them and then that means means that no sex workers were given informed consent so they could make their own decision but whether they would want to see a killer and no doubt Maryland Leveque would not have wanted to had she known that about him but she was not given that opportunity to make a decision for herself. And let's let's back up a little bit since you brought up the changes changes in two thousand fourteen. You know So essentially the Steven Harper's conservative government said Let's like not allow. Let's make get a legal to advertise and to buy sex. Where does that leave a sex worker? You know how are you like. Would they do that to any other. I no not make your business more. Not GonNa let you advertise them. We're not gonNA actually let anyone buy from you. So what does that do how does that. How does that impact a sex worker safety? Well you know what happens with sex. The sex worker laws That were introduced in two thousand fourteen is that they're similar to but slightly worse than the laws that had been in place as before while we're those those laws were introduced under Mulroney in the eighties and those criminalised essentially everything around the sex industry. So you know it criminalizes. The sex workers working together criminalizes sex workers advertising it criminalizes sex workers ability to screen clients. It criminalizes their ability to hire anyone to work with them. as safety security or any other form of support it criminalizes even housing sex workers Because then if you take rent money from a sex worker that scene as matere really benefiting from sets work so it basically just creates a situation of total structural isolation for sex workers and that is the most dangerous thing for any any community. Isolation is always tied to threats to people's human rights to violence And so that the impact on sex workers is just that they're not able to work under conditions that they choose. They're not able to decide how they work. They have to be always working to evade law enforcement. And I mean working with migrant sex workers must be really interesting and the compounding issue on on this front right. You know. You're already isolated if you come from somewhere else and you're really just trying to make money to maybe sent home or and also like in the media coverage to. This is a beautiful white woman who was murdered as well you know. That's a factor right that like. I don't know Bill Blair you know who is the minister of safety community safety like. Would he be at the Mike You. You know with such aggressive questions to if it wasn't migrant worker necessarily and I mean what if question off because we have the answer to that which is that migrant. Sex workers have died since the introduction of of the act the protection of communities and Exploited Persons Act or pepe so Evelyn Boom and take a studio was murdered in southern Ontario. Tammy Lee was murdered in southern Antero and no none of these politicians were anywhere to be seen and we issued press releases. And you know I'm a part of a coalition that is fighting continually early for the rights of migrant workers and we don't see any of this concern for their deaths and there should be an inquiry into all of the violence that has occurred to the sex workers after the introduction of a law that the Harper government claimed would protect them. And so now I'm going to ask you about a moment in the House of Commons that Kind of conflicts fleet some of these issues right so we had a conservative. M P in Arnold pherson respond to question and the House of Commons from an DP appea- MP Laurel Collins. I also asked the honorable member if he considers the Harper government's decision to implement bill thirty six which criminalized the work environments the establishment. So sex workers go to to feel safe that criminalized their ability to hire security if he acknowledges that this is a factor in this death and many others and he said I just respond onto that by asking them honorable member across way if it's a area of work that she is considered and if that is an appropriate You know with a certain tone I mean. And I'm I'm sort of you know everyone has perceptions and listen to you know hear things a certain way but it was a bit of in that adversarial environment comments like I would like to ask the member of she's ever considered sex work and then launching into kind of a You know we who women and do not want to choose this. This is something that they are traffic into. This is something that we have to work hard to and in Canada prostitution in Canada is inherently. What did you think when you heard those comments knowing some of these complexities but also these very different things that are going on at this type of work and this kind of expectation? Then I think you're hitting at something when you mentioned that there was something about the tone because I was shocked when I saw the comments. I thought he was incredibly disrespectful. Respectful but what I think we all picked up was that he came across like a man who is being challenged by an intelligent and capable woman and who panicked and responded with cheap sheep sexism and I think that's actually very familiar. Feeling like a Lotta women saw that and we're like wait a second and then he followed that up with the completion of sex trafficking but just a slow that down and look at the first part of that yeah MP Collins was doing her job by asking the Conservatives a good question did did they consult with sex workers when they drafted the legislation that re criminalized sex work in two thousand fourteen. We should all be asking that question but instead of answering honestly vierzon dodges dodges the question by essentially trying to slut shame. MP Collins and asking she's ever done sex work. The problem I see is that isn't that it shameful to do sex work. It's is that he's asking the question to try to embarrass her and to not challenging him or his party right so he's actually trying to use sexism
"bill blair" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio
"The most gun deaths in Canada are not murders their suicides. Doctor Allen Drummond knows that firsthand. He's an emergency department doctor and he has seen what can happen when someone with suicidal thoughts has access to a firearm. That's why he spent years pushing for the federal government to create red flag legislation. Relation a law. That would make it easier for people like him to ask the authorities to take guns away when necessary and now the public safety minister says he plans to do just Austat. We reached Doctor Allen Drummond in Perth Ontario Wtam and when someone comes into your emergency room expressing suicidal recital thoughts what are your obligations to protect them principally and it's pretty clear cut when somebody comes in and they as they often do do in any emergency department in this country with a suicidal plan then it's pretty straightforward. You know our our number one obligation is to protect them from their themselves and their impulses pulses We usually put them on a mandatory psychiatric evaluation order. They are sent to a psychiatric facility where they are evaluated And untreated. The bigger problem. Is that we see a significant number of people coming in the emergency department. Who have depression or psychosis? Let's say and they may have thought process that suggests that suicide is a potential but it's not a direct threat. Okay so those are the people who are going to go home and so the question becomes do you have an obligation or are you able to assess whether or not they have firearms at home. Well we should And I think part of the process needs to be greater awareness of the risk of firearms in the home both from suicide domestic violence perspective and so physicians probably need a greater understanding of the needs to ask about firearms. But no and so. That's the problem is that you know if but three so many shows up at three o'clock in the morning and they're having suicidal thoughts. I do risk assessment. Feel that they are not in imminent danger. But I'm going to send them home. I don't I don't know if I'm sending them home to a loaded shotgun or I don't know if I'm sending them home to an arsenal in her basement and that's a bit of a problem. You know there are ways of reporting people at risk but the spirit and slow and doesn't really answer the imminent clinical need. That may have in the morning. Do you have examples of that. Do have times when you you did. Not Admit patients sent that person home thinking that there's a good chance that there's a gun in the house. Well it most certainly has happened and you know every department and has the horror story of having assess somebody sent them home when they go home and and shoot themselves and you know what happened to you not directly but it is certainly happened in our hospital. You know the thing. Is this the whole gun. Control thing really. Over the last three decades has largely been about urban urban gangs was smuggled handguns and completely ignores the reality on the ground. That seventy five percent of all firearm deaths in this country are secondary to suicide and it's refreshing. I think the recent announcement of Bill Blair Ministry for Public Safety that there will be some consideration now given to the greatest cause of our or mortality in this country which is firearms. That's a stat that we should follow day. Repeat and it comes from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and they say that about eighty percent of all firearm deaths in Canada are suicide. So so that's that's shocking. Because we don't we don't often hear that we don't and that's kind of what what you know has been the problem and I mean I think I understand what the rationale is for a discussion of criminality. It makes a lot of Canadians. Feel very uncomfortable in their own communities when bullets are flying around seven year olds in Hamilton and being shot through the door by away with bullets. So I understand it entirely but I think if there was more emphasis placed on on suicide and particularly rural suicide then there would be a a much broader discussion. I mean it's worth repeating seventy five to eighty percent wall. Firearm destined. This country are secondary to suicide and that is the number. I think that we can positively intervened with to hopefully reduce you know this tragic toll tool for families okay. So now. The Canadian Government Public Safety Minister. Bill Blair has said that he wants a law that with it's called a red flag law they would allow people like yourself in addition to police and lawyers educators families to petition the courts to have guns removed from someone who may maybe at risk of harming themselves or somebody else. So what do you think of that. Do you think that would make people safer. Yes as a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians Their Chief Spokesperson on Gun. Control since nineteen ninety-three. We've been advocating for this for Several decades now. It's a gap in the law. That's been acknowledged by You Mr Blair. Now you're just as good as mine. In terms of what the nuts and bolts that would be designed of petitioning court sounds very bureaucratic. It'd be easier for us to call the police from the emergency department at three in the morning and say I'm sitting this guy home but I don't know if he has an arsenal as basement. Is there any way we temporarily remove the firearms reduce. This is risk of access reduce risk of completion of a suicide or a psychotic delusional act until such time that we can get satisfactory treatment and get the mental look disruption improved. Do you think that there'd be a push back commotion say well that's a violation of people's privacy. Oh I think for sure about in two thousand and three three on -Tario my colleague. Dr Howard Evans got the government is a day to make it a mandated law. So that if anybody showed up in an emergency department We're the gunshot wound at the police be immediately notified on the beliefs that you know bullets flying around and other people may be at risk at that time. Even though this made perfect sense there was a lot of push-back both within the profession because fear of reaching confidentiality but also the pro gun lobby which you know takes any potential improvement in in our gun laws. There's some kind of infringement on their perceived rights so yes it will be blow back and yes it will be pushed back And people say well you know you'll prevent people from seeking being help. Well that may be true but I think in the long run will probably save more lives than we'll lose again you being in a small town as you are You're more familiar with it's rural community in Canada and there's a different attitude toward gun ownership isn't on their own weapons. My all my neighbors own firearms. Hunting King is a is a major pastime in in rural Canada. Every two weeks November. You can't get your car fixed or your toilet fixed because everybody's off hunting with the boys so gun on ownership is prevalent. But if you look at the Canadian data it's pretty clear that those communities which are tend to be more rural tend to have higher firearm suicide rates. You could say one Canadian life would not be worth the effort of at least trying. We will leave it there. We following what happens in Ottawa with this adopted them. It's it's good to talk to you. Thank you. Also welcome take Care Allen. Drummond is a doctor in Perth Ontario. He's also a member of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. You can find more on that story on the as it happens website and you can reach the candidate. Suicide Prevention Service Twenty four hours a day at one eight three three four five six four five six six.
"bill blair" Discussed on The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast
"They said, hey, we are the first fuck. Imagine conference country to be like, hey recreational. We got a problem with it. Police had to be called the help shop struggling the handle long lines and with frustrated people unable to bike we and you know what has happened two days later, they paid off the country's national. Are you sure about that one? Because I saw that Joe Facebook page and I looked at that site and I did not trust it's night when real. I'm not saying there wasn't real, but I just make us maybe maybe you search, can you search? I will Google and see if we can find it on a reputable site because I went to click on it and it was like, that was like that don't sound right? Yeah, maybe. I mean, maybe it's true. I God, how did they tell make it? Just didn't that site sounded mad, get like something dot net or something. It didn't sound real. That was my. The we man's. We dot com. Bill Blair of former Toronto, police chief who had led to lead the government's legislation program. Imagine that of foreign police chief been like, we need to legalize this shit. I'm ready to police are so early to write they can. Actually do other shit how much less work that is. Oh, man. Yeah. Put his guy over. He had a little weakness pocket. What did you do? I mean, I let them go, they legal, we expect it. You know, certain strains might run out and there will be a bit of runoff supply, but you know, they got a pretty good infrastructure in place and I'll confident work. On Wednesday candor became the first industrialized nation and only the second country in the world at the Uruguay to legalize recreational cannabis part of a controversial experiment in the drug policy under the new law. And I don't even understand why this is a problem. I mean, I hate to be I don't even smoke. We gotta be the seventy million time. Whoever's listening heard this but alcohol in fucking cigarettes, legal among light. A lot of just over your, she's you can get a prescription from your doctor.
Seth Rogen's Voice Will Greet You On Public Transit In Vancouver
"W the dog. Days of summer bring pet stains, dirt grime and allergens that get deep into your rocks Joe has developed, an antibacterial treatment but attacks tough pet. Stains and odors right, now get fifty percents off learn more at Joe Hadid's dot com Canada how often do you ask yourself And if it's rarely, we. Still have some answers for you Remember that in Vancouver Morgan Freeman was supposed. To be the voice of. Public announcements on the Translink system they're they're trained system there But things didn't exactly go well because remember, CNN had an investigation of Morgan Freeman that showed this alleged harassment inappropriate behavior. Towards I believe it was eight women by Morgan Freeman and this is so this created a problem for their, metro system in Vancouver they couldn't have that guy. Voicing even though he's like the most ubiquitous voice actor in all of voice acting they couldn't, have, him voice their transit? System anymore so somebody suggested it was a reporter at the Vancouver Sun by the name of. Stephanie suggested well what about Seth Rogan she said she'd be, happy, to listen to Seth Rogan do, it because he's. A Vancouver native, and, at the time he responded, to her on. Twitter said yo they need a replacement right now let me know and. They said well let's talk and he said hit me up and now Vancouver metro riders are going to. Be able to hear. This That's right Seth Rogan here he is saying he's, thrilled, they have come to an agreement, now you'll actually. Hear Seth Rogan's, voice, calling out your next stop, any opportunity to. Enrich the lives of the Canadian people is an opportunity I will take Can you imagine Seth Rogan in the DC. Metro metro center Take Morgan, Freeman, because honestly when I? First heard? The story I'm like wait why did. They dump mortgage free I can't keep them all straight. Anymore and they were? Just. Allegations against Morgan Freeman rate and and that was it yeah Seth Rogan smokes too. Much to get in? Trouble I think he's Slowly There's not a lot going on. There. Right it's not a lot You know relaxing Rogin that's one more reason to. Go to Vancouver isn't that exciting just to, ride the ride the metro. Also in Canada they have. An immigration problem and? Why is that the way, they're handling it their border security minister as, a new plan, put illegal, immigrants Into hotels Star purchasing them, hotel rooms an emergency session of the house of Commons. Immigration committee Tuesday Bill Blair who's. The immigration the border security minister had didn't have many answers for this for conservative. Immigration critic Michelle.
"bill blair" Discussed on On Drugs
"Protecting our kids and keeping our community safe and so we begin in the right place on this and so everybody is i think motivated and hopefully now supported in in putting in place the things that that will make this work we've also learned from other experiences and mispelled point played an incredibly important role in providing leadership around how we deal with tobacco in our society in in bringing for the the initial regulations on public use of tobacco and making sure that it was you know encouraging issues in a more helpful and socially responsible way and banning it it's using public space for example in restaurants and bars and so the lessons learned in that which were really effective in reducing tobacco use among our citizens we know how one of the lower tobacco uses in most parts of the country and certainly among our young people most country in the world while at the same time we've got the highest rates of cannabis use and so that regulatory approach and the changing social attitudes that often accompany it i think can in the in the longer term of that process not that event have a very positive impact i know that we're hearing from some communities richmond c i think richmond hill on tarot where we're getting signals that at the municipal level they might reject licensing of of cannabis businesses is there a place for that approach well you know that's a discussion that will take place between the provinces in muncipality's provinces are responsible for where cannabis will be distributed and so they'll work that it with the municipalities the only thing i would point to those municipalities is the canopus is already being sold in your community but it's being sold by street gangs it's being stroll by colonels being sold by people who are in no way accountable for where it came from how it was produced who it's being sold to an end so we're proposing to to replace that chaos of of that criminal enterprise the currently exists in communities right across this country and i will tell you there's there's not too many school yards or street corners can't cannabis cannot be bought in this country and so we're trying to replace that that unregulated untested unsafe unhealthy system with something that is far more strictly regulated carefully controlled subject to oversight testing and accountability i know we're just about out of time there's a question i really wanted to ask though and it might sound a little bit off track but one of my recent conversations was with hillary black she was the founder of the compassion club the first marijuana medical marijuana dispensary oh well there you go and one of the things that struck me and talking to or is the more you read about the history of medical marijuana and what she did there and how that evolved it's hard to imagine us being at this moment now without that having happened have you reflected on that question at all can you imagine that we'd be at on the verge of legalize ation had it not been for people like hillary black and the medical marijuana movement certainly i would acknowledge that that you know the medical marijuana advocacy plus some of the court decisions were i think certainly quite quite critical in in the changing public attitudes around cannabis use and misuse but it also i think brought us more to a health lens a public health lens and recognizing what we're we're the harms actually were in how we might more effectively reduce those arms it was it was you know part of that experience that that informed i think public policy that that there is a way to do this in a safer way a healthier way and that that through to a regulatory approach which which marijuana the medical marijuana regime has been subject to with 'em ar and then m p r a regulations and now even further evolving as a result of the number of court decisions that regulatory approach i think informed government policy that there are different ways in which this particular substance can be can be treated it's also i think led to a lot of thought and research around where the real risks of the substance are and i think that's very helpful as well so that you know we're not sort of trapped in the in the the anecdote whole of reefer madness and we're starting to actually be able to make decisions based on real scientific evidence and expert opinion bill blair thank you so much for being so generous with your time thank you very much we should the opportunity have a.
"bill blair" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"At a needed this moment medicines blankets food shelter for those thousands left homeless through this event but also i think they're going to be looking to their neighbors at the moment is difficult the president jimmy modalities doesn't seem to be working hand in hand with rest of central america seem quite focused on either doing it alone or using the support from washington victoria australia is taking the first official step toward signing a treaty with its aboriginal peoples campinas described the vote in the state parliament as a watershed moment is the first time any australian parliament has passed laws that create a framework for a future accord with indigenous groups you're listening to the world news from the bbc a prominent dissident lawyer has been released from prison in vietnam antiwar putin a plane in hanoi bone for the german city of frankfurt in april he was sentenced to fifteen years in jail for belonging to a banned group and conspiring to overthrow the state another activist lee to har who had been serving a nine year prison sentence was also exiled to germany the vietnamese government denies claims by rights groups it's holding ninety seven prisoners of conscience the british foreign secretary boris johnson has warned his supporters that the brexit negotiations are reaching a moment of truth and there's a risk they may not get the deal wanted in comments to a private dinner on wednesday night captured in recording obtained by buzzfeed news mr johnson said he believed brexit was reversible but added that britain cooed end up locked in orbit around the eu and the customs union the upper house of parliament in canada's approved a law allowing the recreational use of marijuana senators meet a number of amendments which the house of commons will have to decide on before the law can be passed canadians will be allowed to grew up to four plants at home for personal use speaking before the vote bill blair name p for the governing liberal party said the change would help protect young people i know that there are so many diety because it's a significant change aren't convinced that this gives us an opportunity to much better job of protecting our kids and taking away the easiest money that organized crime ever made which is the billions of dollars they make an illegal cannabis market researchers in denmark.
"bill blair" Discussed on WRKO AM680
"All the time amok excusing chief shouting okay there's penalties of it's really egregious you a jack them whatever but throwing an elbow to the back of some guy at his back or whatever and everybody's acting like this is somehow the crime of the century are you freaking kidding me ray rice knocks his girlfriend out nola helmet no protection no padding in an elevator you've got these players were beating the hell out of their wives and girlfriends some of them like ray lewis were involved in a gunfight in which somebody died at a nightclub after the super bowl mall problem some guy takes a hit takes it a cheap shot at a bar buffalo bills blair and all of a sudden everybody's apologizing and it's mayor called upon chronic is just not that kind of a guy he just doesn't give cheap shots i feel so bad for him his image has been tarnished guys are we playing footballer we gonna play flight football what is this ballet or is this what ball okay he lost his cool what do you expect these are two hundred and fifty three hundred pound warriors titans who go at it for sixty minutes and sometimes they lose their cool how hello hello but to me the deeper point is this okay this to me is that the proponent grown caskey for throwing himself one ching himself and giving an elbow two supposedly defenceless player on the ground has to go out and apologize and he's raked over the coals by the national liberal sports media and by the local liberal sports media and yet colin cooper nic can meal during the national anthem and disrespect our flag disrespect aren't anthem spit on our veterans and those who fought and died for our country not only is he not given a game suspension or all the other players that have joint they have made him the g q citizen of the year gq is made him the citizen of the year espn has made him the athlete or whatever the citizen of the year to the boston globe he's a hero to the local media he's a hero to the national sports media he's a hero so there you are spitting on the graves of all of those who fought and died for his freedom frankly for him.
"bill blair" Discussed on The Jim Jefferies Show Podcast
"Britain spinning jenny what the cotton spinning jenny it's better yeah i don't know because the spinning jenny was like a big i think i've already told you that that that's why people like australians as you guys figured out the english language to make it cooler and living is bidding jetties the coolest thing will better than cotton and gotten john i'm yes cool it's a better at i just felt like every word that was different over there and emits more sense the way said it shorter better that's you know but are largely actually works that i will tell you what's terrible that australia was unsubstantial and good as they have time zones over there that are on the halfhour they do it i do have some city and it's like it's only a halfhour beyond the city will cut that highly adelaide adelaide in darwin this dis darwin hop or is dominant darwin i don't wanna be all a australia's great before i mentioned that so yeah because it's darwin eventually over time that will become an hour yes an avalanche and start walking around it would be a little fucking tadpole that comes out of the ocean anyway so we took the artificial intelligence by twenty sixty experts i don't know who these experts are but people have said that the along moscow did that to south african can we really trucking when he says you have is they are i do have his yard lobby on moscow actually uh in twenty seeks the experts say rory rocks we'll be able to do everything humans can do everything humans can do so this podcast right now would be done by some more hysterical robots like what will happen is that people will put the formula jacomini in and then they'll peak all the timing that why ease may as the template albeit bill burrow summing up with goes great yet he saw good he should have he's i shall any so they'll do is the good bilboa's timing and the pump it into a robot and then we aren't nearb we want need bill blair anymore because there'll be a robot during his retains just faster and that's the one thing that.