New Pot Legalization Causes Unemployment (LOL)

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/07/25/pot-sniffing-dog-legalization-retirement_a_23489402/?utm_hp_ref=ca-news

Cannabis Legalization Forces 14 RCMP Sniffer Dogs Into Early Retirement
It will cost about $5,000 to train each new pup with the updated drug palette that excludes cannabis.
Holly McKenzie-SutterCanadian Press
RCMP police dog Tessy poses next to seized marijuana in an RCMP handout photo. There are a number of police dogs across the country who will be out of a job before October 17, as the RCMP prepares for cannabis legalization.
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RCMP police dog Tessy poses next to seized marijuana in an RCMP handout photo. There are a number of police dogs across the country who will be out of a job before October 17, as the RCMP prepares for cannabis legalization.
Earlier this month, the RCMP threw a retirement party in St. John’s, N.L., for a Labrador retriever named Luke.

As the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and as cannabis legalization approaches, that puts Luke and other dogs like him out of work.

Luke, who sniffed more than five million of dollars’ worth of drugs during his time on the force, is one of 14 canines across the country who will be out of a job before October 17.

Traffic and interdiction dogs like Luke are trained to detect cannabis, but once the substance is legal, they can no longer be used to establish grounds for search in a traffic stop.

All 14 dogs need to be replaced, and it will cost about $5,000 to train each new pup with the updated drug palette that excludes cannabis.

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Luke is the only dog retiring in Newfoundland and Labrador, but there are others in British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Manitoba who will be hanging up their hats by October.

Traffic and interdiction dogs represent about 12 per cent of the total narcotics canine force. Staff Sgt. Gary Creed, senior trainer at the RCMP’s police dog service in Innisfail, Alta., says he considers this the largest group of dogs the force has ever had to replace at one time.

And with a staff of just seven trainers, Creed is not sure that the replacements will be ready before the legalization date.

“Yes, it’s going to be a strain on our budget, but it’s manageable,” Creed said.

“The federal government changes the laws on us, right, and we have to deal with it. And not just us, all police forces.”

The federal government changes the laws on us, right, and we have to deal with it.
The force’s general duty dogs can still be used in situations where cannabis is still illegal, or when grounds for search have already been established, minimizing the number of replacements.

But Creed said it’s been a work-in-progress figuring out how to manage the quick, sizable turnover.

In the scenario that the dogs aren’t trained by October 17, Creed said he isn’t sure how the officers will proceed in the field without their four-legged partners.

“The guys will just have to manage that out on the road,” said Creed.

The RCMP has updated the narcotics detection profile for its dogs before. A few years ago, the animals were taught to detect fentanyl — but adding one substance to the dogs’ training is significantly easier and cheaper than putting a whole group through a new course.

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Creed said he hopes to have the replacements ready for duty by the end of the year.

It takes between 20 and 50 days for a dog to complete the narcotics training at the Innisfail centre, where the force breeds and trains its canines.

The dogs are taught to detect illegal substances and run through training simulations before they’re sent off across the country with their new handlers.

For Luke, it’s been a long journey from the street to today’s cushy retirement.

Luke was recruited by Sgt. Don Bill, who found him at an animal shelter in St. John’s. Luke completed his training course with flying colours — and the Labrador retriever stood out among his peers at the training centre, where most are German shepherds bred specifically for duty.

They finally get to play all day.
His handler is retiring from the force as well, giving 11-year-old Luke an early retirement in July.

Caroline Nadeau, an RCMP spokeswoman, said the bond between the officer and dog is so strong that in most cases, the handlers keep their dogs as pets when they retire from active duty.

But Luke’s handler is moving to a colder climate, so he’s given Luke to a new home in St. John’s where he can enjoy his retirement.

Nadeau said Luke and the others will spend their days doing what dogs do best.

“They finally get to play all day.”

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Jian and the Giant Breach

When the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced a few weeks ago that it was severing ties with their star broadcaster and host of immensely popular radio show, “Q,” I initially dismissed it as an over-reaction by a bureaucratic monster along the lines of when they grossly over-reacted by threatening to fire supremely talented on-air talent, Sook Yin Lee of “Definitely Not the Opera” fame, for her nude appearances in movie roles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jian_Ghomeshi

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/jian-ghomeshi-how-he-got-away-with-it/

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/04/jian-ghomeshi-and-cbc-call-in-lawyers-as-questions-swirl-about-who-knew-what-and-when/

It was clear within a day or so that something was different here. First, Ghomeshi took the unusual step by responding immediately and publicly, identifying himself the transgressions he was being accused of and dismissing them as simply BDSM games that were consensual and safe. What was even more surprising was how CBC refused to hide behind the usual “We can’t comment because the the issue is under litigation” boilerplate. Within days, a large variety of CBC programs were reporting and investigating their own story. Then the Toronto Star reported it had been investigating sexual assault allegations against Ghomeshi by a larger variety of women. As I write this, nine courageous women have publicly come out and made allegations, three filing complaints with the RCMP. A senior executive producer of “Q” is on leave and details are being published about how CBC management abetted the alleged Ghomeshi sexual harassment against the the program’s female staff.

However the story ends up playing out, it is clear that CBC committed a giant breach by turning a blind eye to the accusations against their “talent” by his own program staff . They were that afraid of killing the Golden Goose, a critically acclaimed program picked up worldwide, quite a feather in the cap of an organization dying by a thousand paper cuts. All the investigations and reports by their own journalistic programs can’t hide that.

By ignoring, obfuscating, excusing and thus enabling Ghomeshi’s alleged behaviour, the CBC itself has breached the public trust a government-run cultural powerhouse should be expected to have. Nor are the CBC alone. Canada’s public institutions are rife with incidents of similar toxic cultures in the military, the RCMP and Parliament.

Muskrat Love

This month, the Canadian RCMP reversed a policy of issuing muskrat fur flap hats. Instead, it wanted to give officers the option of wearing wool toques. While fur is superior in providing warmth in the Arctic conditions much of Canada finds itself in in winter, not every day is reminiscent of the Ice Age, making the woolen hat option sufficient for many officers in many situations.

Canada’s Environment Minister ordered the Mounties to reverse the policy. Leona Agulkkaq, who has no ministerial responsibility for the national police, wants it to remain mandatory for the fur of three dead rat-like creatures be on the head of every Mountie in Canada. She said the change threatened the livelihood of Canadians who depended on the fur trade and blamed the change on “radical animal rights activists.” By that reasoning, we could soon be ordered to smoke cigarettes daily, since not smoking threatens the livelihood of tobacco farmers.

Yes, in this government’s eyes, any protest or different opinion is “radical” and must be stomped out. After all, letting ordinary Canadians disagree with the government could threaten even more important jobs. Their own.