By Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, University of Guelph. Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried it.… (more…)

How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada

By Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, University of Guelph. Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried it.… Read more

500 Canadian Doctors Protest Pay Raises

Hundreds of Canadian doctors, medical specialists and residents, as well as medical students, have signed a petition protesting their own pay raises, instead asking that the money be reallocated to help nurses and patients in need. “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,”… Read more

Florida teacher’s sincere response to the murders of 17 shared 600,000 times — and counting

An educator at Eustis聽Middle School in Florida who was just named “Teacher of the Year” last month posted her reaction on social media to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. RELATED: Trump flashes smiles, thumbs up as he visits Florida shooting victims Kelly Guthrie Raley’s response has been shared… Read more

Florida teacher’s sincere response to the murders of 17 shared 600,000 times — and counting

An educator at Eustis聽Middle School in Florida who was just named “Teacher of the Year” last month posted her reaction on social media to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. RELATED: Trump flashes smiles, thumbs up as he visits Florida shooting victims Kelly Guthrie Raley’s response has been shared… Read more

Let’s Talk about culturally sensitive treatments for depression

By Mojola Omole, Surgical Oncologist and Munk Global Journalism Fellow, University of Toronto. Each week Dr. Yusra Ahmad, a psychiatrist and clinical lecturer at University of Toronto, meets six to eight women with a range of mental health disorders at a mosque in the city’s west end. She leads them through a program that combines mindful… Read more

Norwegians say: ‘No thanks, Mr President!’ to immigration welcome

Donald Trump may prefer immigrants from Norway rather than from what he reportedly called ‘shithole’ countries such as Haiti or those in Africa. But people in the Nordic nation – last year named the happiest place on earth – have no desire to move to the US, according to a report on Norwegian national TV. “Absolutely… Read more

Meryl Streep says scrutiny over her Weinstein silence should be turned on Melania Trump

Actress Meryl Streep says curiosity over her silence regarding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein should be directed at other women: First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump. The New York Times interviewed actor Tom Hanks and Ms. Streep for their upcoming movie “The Post,” but the conversation soon turned to Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals and the… Read more

Facebook Highlights Dangers of Using Facebook

With nearly 2 billion users, Facebook’s survival depends on people continuing to use its service. That’s why observers were surprised by an unusual company blog post Friday that highlighted some of the potential harm of using the social media service. Titled Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?, the company cited studies… Read more

Republicans Join Outcry Against Trump’s Net Neutrality Repeal

On the eve of a Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality rules, some congressional Republicans are suddenly pivoting against the Trump administration and joining the outcry against the move — just as a new poll shows the vast majority of GOP voters want the rules preserved. In 2015, the FCC put in place strong… Read more

Harvard accused of racial screening

Probe launched into an alleged limit on Asian-American students BOSTON – The US Justice Department is investigating complaints that Harvard University intentionally limits the number of Asian-American students it admits, according to a report on Tuesday. The department has also accused the university of failing to cooperate with the probe into the relevance of race in… Read more

Three People Own Half the US, While One In Five Has Nil

This article first appeared on Jeff Bezos recently became the richest person on earth. Bezos, head of the online retail behemoth Amazon, saw his wealth jump by $10 billion in just the past month to now more than $90 billion. That’s a stunning leap. But what’s truly stunning is that Bezos and the next two… Read more

Here’s why your local TV news is about to get even worse

By Margot Susca, Professorial Lecturer, American University School of Communication. Beaming in news from far away. Daniel Fung/ Considering the history of television news a few years ago, iconic anchor Ted Koppel declared that CBS’ 1968 debut of “60 Minutes” forever altered the landscape of broadcast journalism: A news program drew enough advertising to turn a… Read more

Twitter’s Stock Rose After Q3 Statement, Off-Boarding Advertising Announcement

Just hours after Twitter saw more than a 10 percent bump in its stock price Thursday morning the company announced a new policy on Russian advertising on the social media platform. The announcement comes after investigations the company has been conducting around 2016 Presidential Election interference on the site. Twitter’s stock jumped after the company released… Read more

Monks and nuns make big business in France

After prayers at the Chantelle Abbey in Allier, central France, a marketing meeting between the abbey’s nuns and their employees discusses the latest orders for its on-site soap and cosmetics products, the delivery destination: Germany. The community of Benedictine sisters has been manufacturing cosmetics since 1954, after two sisters, a chemist and a mathematician, began the… Read more

Oscar board meets over Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein’s brother has denied reports in the media that their film production company could be closed or sold. The company fired Harvey Weinstein last Sunday amid a growing number of allegations of sexual harassment. Bob Weinstein will take the reins of The Weinstein Company now that Harvey is out— Variety (@Variety) 8 octobre… Read more

An anarchist takes on the drug industry – by teaching patients to make their own meds

MENLO PARK, Calif. – The anarchist grew animated as he explained his plan to subvert a pillar of global capitalism by teaching the poor to make their own medicines – pharmaceutical industry patents be damned. Then he took another sip from a flute of Taittinger champagne. Swaggering, charismatic, and complex, Michael Laufer has become a fixture… Read more

Gun Stock Shares Skyrocket After Las Vegas Shooting

Another mass shooting and another surger for gun stock prices — a typical pattern for American investors. In the hours after the worst mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas Sunday, shares of American Outdoor Brands, formerly Smith & Wesson, jumped 3.41 percent to $15.77 by just after noon Monday, while Sturm Ruger rose 2.9… Read more

How one city plans to steer residents away from driving

Countries from the UK to China are rolling out extraordinary plans to eliminate fossil-fuel-guzzling automobiles. But one Nordic capital city is mixing tech and urban planning to make sure citizens do not need a car at all. Finland’s capital Helsinki is growing quickly as it attracts labor from the countryside and overseas. Instead of building more… Read more

Myanmar laying landmines on Bangladesh border: reports

Myanmar has been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh for the past three days, according to reports citing two government sources in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The sources say the purpose may be to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence. Bangladesh will on Wednesday formally lodge a protest against… Read more

Thank God… Police and mayor apologize for the violent arrest of a nurse who was following protocol

SALT LAKE CITY – The mayor of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City police are apologizing after reports and a video surfaced of a detective arresting a nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient. The Salt Lake City Tribune reported Thursday that bodycam footage and video from University Hospital show Detective Jeff… Read more

How Big Pharma Secretly Funds The Fight To Keep Drug Prices High

As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise in the nation that already pays the most in the world for medications, federal legislators and ballot-measure committees are proposing ways to curb those prices. But pharmaceutical companies, worried their profit margins will decline under the pending proposals, are spending millions of dollars against the initiatives —… Read more

YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein win fair-use lawsuit

Popular YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein won a lawsuit filed by another YouTuber they parodied, potentially setting a legal precedent for the right to fair use in video criticisms. The Kleins, who work under the name h3h3Productions, were sued for copyright infringement and misrepresentations in their counter-takedown notice in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act… Read more

When celebrities are open about mental health issues, we all benefit

Justin Bieber made news last week for canceling the remainder of his world tour so he could heal his “mind, heart, and soul.” The media and some celebrities have portrayed the announcement as a disappointment to his fans. But by opening up about his struggles and his choice to step back from the spotlight, the singer… Read more

4 Ways To Prevent Loneliness From Killing Us All

America is lonelier than ever, with the 2013 U.S. census suggesting that the number of Americans living alone is growing, while marriage and childbirth rates continue to fall. Loneliness can have adverse affects on both physical and mental health, and even increase risk of early death. A new study has highlighted 4 key ways to prevent… Read more

The Health Insurance Industry Has A Candidate For Governor

As health insurance premiums inexorably rise and Democratic voters increasingly warm to the idea of government-sponsored health care, private insurers have funneled big money to political groups, helping ward off state single-payer proposals. Now in one of the highest-profile races of 2018, the industry appears to be taking the next step: running one of its own… Read more

Deporting illegal immigrants with no criminal record is an attack on justice, family and common sense

  1. There’s no denying immigration is complicated — politically, economically and, perhaps most of all, emotionally. I favor open immigration on practical and philosophical grounds alike: credible research ties immigrants to a rising economy and falling crime rates — and just like I don’t think it’s the government’s job to tell us how to worship or what… Read more

Are PayDay Loans Abusive?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Josh Velson, data scientist, chemical engineer: Contrary to what many people might otherwise believe, the payday loan industry is in fact highly… Read more

How a job acquires a gender (and less authority if it’s female)

By Sarah Thebaud, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara and Laura Doering, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organization, McGill University. Why do we think of a firefighter as a man and a nurse as a woman and not the other way around? AP Photos “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” So proclaims Beyoncé in… Read more

How the overcriminalization of everything is endangering ordinary people

A video surfaced Monday night of a police officer in Perris, California, tackling a 52-year-old woman, grabbing her arms and pulling her hair — all for the “crime” of selling flowers without a permit. As the local news station KLTA, which covered the video, reports, Juanita Mendez-Medrano was peacefully selling flower bouquets and Hawaiian-style leis to… Read more

Bennington’s Suicide Is Cowardly, Korn Guitarist Says

While most people mourned the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington Thursday, Korn guitarist Brian Head Welch accused him of being a coward. The musician took to Facebook to express himself after reports of Bennington’s suspected suicide by hanging went viral. “Honestly, Chester’s an old friend who we’ve hung with many times, and I have… Read more

CNN’s Kirsten Powers: ‘People do not have a right to stay anonymous’

CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers declared Thursday that private citizens do not have a “right” to remain anonymous so they can spew “racist, misogynist, homophobic garbage.” Ms. Powers fired off a series of tweets Thursday defending her network’s decision to threaten to expose the anonymous Reddit user behind the now-famous President Trump-CNN wrestling meme. “People do… Read more

Collected Insights Offer a Strategic Roadmap for Companies as They Respond to New Global Challenges

Further reinforcing trends seen over the last six months, CECP: The CEO Force for Good has drawn together its current research base to develop a series of insights designed to help guide companies as they shape their social strategies, which have gained new global importance given the unique role they are suited to play in this… Read more

DOJ’s Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Slamming Trump’s Conduct

One of the Justice Department’s top corporate crime watchdogs has resigned, declaring that she cannot enforce ethics laws against companies while, she asserts, her own bosses in the Trump administration have been engaging in conduct that she said she would never tolerate in corporations. Hui Chen — a former Pfizer and Microsoft lawyer who also was… Read more

One of the World’s Largest Fashion Retailers Bans Fur

Net-a-Porter, one of the largest online designer fashion retailers, is going fur-free. The internet retailer’s parent company, Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) Group, announced Tuesday it will no longer stock clothing or accessories that are made with animal fur across its portfolio of brands, which also includes menswear site Mr Porter, Yoox and The Outnet. YNAP’s head of… Read more

Jenice Armstrong: Griffin’s photo of Trump was offensive, tasteless

Regardless of what you think of President Trump’s politics, Kathy Griffin’s crazy-for-clicks stunt is just plain wrong. It’s offensive. It’s horrific. It’s morbid. It’s grotesque. What part of that wacky, out-of-touch brain of hers would make Griffin think that posing with a fake head of the president covered in mock blood was OK? The president’s son… Read more

Almost Half of Trump’s Twitter Followers Appear Fake

Anyone can amass an exorbitant number of Twitter followers. You don’t even have to be famous. All you have to do is pay for them. The comedian Joe Mande currently has a healthy 1.01 million followers, but his bio contains a caveat: “twitter is trash, facebook’s the devil, i bought a million followers for like $400… Read more

Lead the Way in Responsible Business

The submission deadline for the 8 th Annual Responsible Business Awards is drawing ever closer and we’re still on the hunt for the ground-breaking initiatives that have brought CSR to the fore over the past year. This is your chance to be recognised, and what’s more, recognise colleagues, teams and partners who have worked tirelessly to… Read more

Samsung Employees Nationwide Swap the Office for Day of Service

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today will host its bi-annual, companywide Day of Service throughout their national locations in New Jersey, New York, Texas, California and Washington, D.C. and regional offices. The event, which occurs each spring and fall, is part of the company’s overarching Samsung Gives initiative, a platform that creates service opportunities for Samsung employees… Read more

Caterpillar Focuses on Restoring World’s Natural Infrastructure

According to the UN estimates, 25 percent of the world’s land is highly degraded by now, and over 50 percent of all wetlands have been lost. However, it is possible to reverse this damage by reclaiming mines, re-building beaches, restoring rivers and re-planting forests. Soil restoration alone can help to eliminate 3.5 to 11 billion tons… Read more

Here’s N.J. lawmaker’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana after Christie leaves

TRENTON — A state lawmaker introduced legislation on Monday that would legalize marijuana in New Jersey, saying he was laying the groundwork to pass a new law almost as soon as Gov. Chris Christie leaves office. Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s bill would make New Jersey one of a small but growing number of states where marijuana is… Read more

Anonymous: “Prepare” for World War Three over Korea

As former allied nations around the world celebrate the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two, online activist group Anonymous has released a new video warning that global powers are poising for another global conflict–and that the cost would be even higher than that of the last. The group posted a video Saturday entitled… Read more

Illegal immigration across southwest border down 70 percent under Trump

Free Other Options To republish, copy/paste this to your site (ads inserted): Illegal immigration across southwest border down 70 percent under Trump Illegal immigration across the southwest border dropped yet again in April, with the number of illegal immigrant children fallen below 1,000 for the first time in recent records, Homeland Security announced Tuesday. The […]

EU-Funded fake news spotting tool gets better and better

Journalism may get an extra boost from fact-checking algorithms. Image in Public Domain Pictures. The Pope endorses Donald Trump! Or does he? Vaccines cause autism! No, they don’t (really, they don’t). Every day we’re bombarded with information and news, much of which is simply not true. Fake news has become a part of our life, and… Read more

Google Will Let You ID Fake News In Your Search Results

Fake news has been a trending term among tech companies in recent months, and Google is taking a more proactive approach toward the issue. In a post Tuesday, Google announced several major changes to how it categorizes search results to stop inadvertently promoting sites with intentionally misleading or false articles. Google said the search company plans… Read more

Wikitribune Is Wikipedia founder’s Plan To Fight Fake News

Wikipedia has always been a site to take with a grain of salt because it’s curated by the Wiki community, which isn’t necessarily composed of professionals or specialists. Now Wikipedia co-founder Jim Wales wants to launch a news service to fight fake news, incorporating that same community idea with professional journalists. Wikitribune’s crowdfunding campaign launched Tuesday… Read more

Responsible Business Week Showcases Companies Making a Positive Impact

Guest Author Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a feeling that business should more accountable and trustworthy, the lack of which arguably contributed to some people’s decision to vote leave in the… Read more

Pull the plug on internet monopolies

  1. WeChat is China’s most popular mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent. [Photo/IC] IN AUGUST 2012, THE DOMESTIC SOCIAL MEDIA APP WECHAT opened a new function called “public accounts” that allows registered users to publish their articles. Those who read an article on a public account can choose to make a payment to… Read more

Hawaiian Attorney General Hits Back at Jeff Sessions

Hawaiian Attorney General Hits Back at Jeff Sessions Hawaii’s Attorney General Dougal Chin has hit back at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions following his dismissive remarks about a Ninth Circuit judge “sitting on an island in the Pacific.” Sessions criticized Hawaii-based Judge Derrick Watson, who placed a temporary restraining order on two sections of Trump’s […]

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 With These Inspiring Quotes

April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day across the U.S. The annual event is meant to spread awareness about environment, reflect on the beauty of nature and preserve our surroundings. Earth Day also marks the anniversary of the start of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Gaylord Nelson, the then Wisconsin Democratic senator, founded the Earth… Read more

Impact Investing Creates New Opportunities for Social Enterprises

(3BL media/Justmeans) – Social enterprises present a unique model for global sustainability. They combine social responsibility with business strategy to scale solutions that are needed now more than ever. But to achieve scale, it is important for social entrepreneurs to find investors that share the same values. A recent study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable… Read more

YourCause Adds Innovation Leadership and High-Growth Experience with Hiring of Chief Strategy Officer, Brant Barton

YourCause LLC, the industry leader in employee and nonprofit philanthropic solutions, welcomes Brant Barton as Chief Strategy Officer, a newly created executive role responsible for product innovation as well as the company’s strategic vision for growing the reach and impact of its Global Good Network. Today this network is comprised of over 150 corporations with greater… Read more

Bose Headphones Could Be Spying On You Through App

Bose has been hit with a class action lawsuit that accuses the audio-maker of wiretapping its customers through its headphones app, documents uploaded by Fortune show. The company, which sells wireless headphones priced $250-$350, allegedly had access to information on customers’ listening habits without their consent. The lawsuit was filed in Illinois this week by Kyle… Read more

Tax System Is Unfair, Majority of Americans Say
As people across the country scramble to file their taxes before Tuesday’s deadline, a majority will be doing so under the belief that the system they are adhering to is fundamentally unfair. More Americans than not now state that neither corporations nor wealthy individuals pay their fair share of taxes, a Pew Research Center survey released… Read more

What United Airlines Did Was Illegal

United Airlines Dragging Passenger Off Plane Was Illegal Not only did United Airlines make millions of enemies when it forcibly removed a passenger from a Louisville-bound flight, it also acted illegally, according to attorney Brian Mahany of Wisconsin-based Mahany Law. Video emerged Sunday of aviation security officers physically removing a bloodied and screaming passenger from […]

‘Concentration Camps’ For Gays Opened In Chechnya: Reports

“Concentration camps” for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun,… Read more

Facebook is the Walmart of the Web

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Before the internet, people interested in body modification—not just tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, but those drawn to more unusual practices like ear pointing, tongue splitting, suspension, scarification and the voluntary amputation of limbs and organs—had a difficult time meeting others who shared their interests. The internet, of course, changed… Read more

Canadians reached out to Syrian refugees. Now they hesitate to let go.

Canada knows something about generosity. The country has opened its doors to some 40,000 Syrian refugees since November 2015. In many cases, private citizens have stepped up to sponsor the newcomers, offering their time and money to the families for one year. But many of those newcomers have now entered the critical “month 13” of their… Read more

Inside France And Germany’s Fight Against Fake News

Inside France and Germany’s Fight Against Fake News Russian President Vladimir Putin was speaking on the closing panel of the fourth Arctic Forum in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk on Thursday when he was asked a question unrelated to the challenges facing the region. Beginning to smile, the panel’s moderator, CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore, asked: “I […]

The government won’t protect your internet privacy, so here’s how to do it yourself

The government won’t protect your internet privacy, so here’s how to do it yourself Harm mitigation in a suddenly less secure internet Christiaan Colen via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 An Old Browser Logo Internet Service Providers were an integral part of privacy online. No longer, thanks to new legislation. The big money of the internet […]

Vote to Gut Internet Privacy Rules Provokes Backlash

A vote to repeal internet privacy rules in the U.S. has led to backlash from critics, who say it will “fundamentally undermine” online security and enable unconstitutional mass government surveillance. The vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to allow internet providers to share personal information with advertisers and other third parties without consumer… Read more

Germany Asks Facebook And Twitter To Stop Spreading Hate Speech

Facebook and Twitter and other similar social networking sites may have to pay fines up to $53 million if they fail to remove illegal content, which includes hate speeches or defamatory “fake news,” Germany’s minister of justice and consumer protection warned Tuesday. The issued warning suggests that for posts that are “obviously criminal content,” companies would… Read more

USC professor named first African-American president of a Fed regional bank

WASHINGTON — USC professor Raphael Bostic made history on Monday when he was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, becoming the first African-American to lead one of the Fed’s 12 regional banks. The choice of Bostic, 50, director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, comes… Read more

Business Owners Nearly Twice As Likely To Be Sexist As Other Men

Nearly half of U.S. business owners surveyed say men were more capable than women, and more than 40 percent say women were inferior to men, an Ipsos poll indicates, highlighting a striking divide between the prevalence of sexist attitudes among business leaders and the general male population. The poll, which was published Tuesday, indicated 47 percent… Read more

Leading brands pull out of Bangladesh clothing summit

Dhaka (dpa) – Five leading apparel companies have said they are pulling out of an annual apparel summit in Bangladesh to demand an end to harsh conditions for workers, a campaign group said Wednesday. The Netherlands-based Clean Cloth Campaign said the decision by H&M, Inditex (Zara), C&A, Next and Tchibo came in response to the group’s… Read more