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Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

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    St. Catharines Council Endorses Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs

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    Last week St. Catharines City Council endorsed a recent call by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for the decriminalization of personal possession of illicit drugs.

    Jennifer Johnston, co-founder of ‘Niagara Area Moms Ending Stigma, or NAMES voiced her support for the motion.  NAMES was formed four years ago after a number of individuals banded together to support each other having lost a child to substance abuse.

    “We’ve seen the damage that criminalization has done in our own families and in other families and in some of us who have had children in prison for simple possession,” said Johnston.  “It did not help them at all.  It was not beneficial.”

     

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    Ontario COVID update by the numbers

    COVID-19

    With the passing of July 31, we now have several months of data to look at to see the progress of COVID-19 in Ontario. Compared to many states and countries, Ontario has fared quite well.

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    Conservatives set membership sales record

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    Flying under the radar of the daily news cycle in this country is the upcoming Federal Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership election.

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    Protecting your health and well-being during the pandemic

    Opinion

    The year 2020 has proven to be an unprecedented time and has brought with it challenges the likes of which we’ve not seen in our lifetime.

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    CEBL Summer Series in final stretch

    Sports

    It was trending on twitter during its first day of action on national television, nine days later the round robin portion of the CEBL (Canadian Elite Basketball League) Summer Series is about to wrap up.

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    Provinces Weigh in on WE

    Provincial

    As the messy and complicated WE Charity scandal continues to unfold, a number of provincial governments have weighed in to question the involvement of WE with their province’s education systems.

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    Where do WE go from here?

    National

    Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Chief of Staff, Katie Telford, provided testimony to the House of Commons’ Finance Committee on all things related to the WE charity fiasco.

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    A September back to school for Niagara students

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    The Ontario government announced today that it will be back to school for children across Ontario come September and not surprisingly teachers and their unions weren’t happy.

    Education minister Stephen Lecce unveiled a plan that has increased health and safety measures, and provides school boards with “unprecedented” resources and flexibility, while accommodating regional differences in trends of key public health indicators.

    The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the COVID-19 Command Table and pediatric experts.

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    GO gets going again

    Local

    Weekend GO train service to the Niagara region will begin to roll once again starting on August 1. New schedules with four trips to and from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each Saturday, Sunday and holiday will provide more service than in previous years and enable day or overnight trips, either in Niagara or Toronto.

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    A monument on the move?

    Local

    Monday saw St. Catharines City Council deal with a motion that would kick off a consultation process over a proposal to relocate the Watson monument off of City Hall property.

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    Former Badgers goalie signs with NHL’s Golden Knights

    Sports

    Logan Thompson’s time with the Brock Badgers may have been brief, but he credits the University with playing a pivotal role in him landing a contract with the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights.

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    Arrogance … another curve that needs to be flattened

    Opinion

    For followers of my column you’ll know I have many times written about why the appearance of conflict of interest is essentially the same thing as an actual conflict.

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    Note to politicians: Stick to your knitting

    Politics

    In the last issue of the Niagara Independent, an article described a recent meeting of the Niagara Regional Council, during which significant amounts of time were spent on things such as complaints, councillors insulting or apologizing to each other, tedious procedural issues and other matters raised by leftist special interest groups.

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    George Soros casts a long shadow across Canada (Part 4)

    National

    You could be a roughneck 100 kms outside of Fort McMurray, a Wet’suwet’en Nation member employed by Coastal GasLink, or even a backbench Liberal MP representing your Maritime constituents – and in all cases the forces that are driving Canadian policy decisions and impacting your life are obscured to you.

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