Rebranding: Justin Trudeau and Canadian Coffee

For millions of Canadians, there is no icon in business more collectively beloved than Tim Hortons. “Tim’s” – as the franchise is affectionately called – long ago transcended the humble domain of doughnuts and coffee. Instead, it is now a part of the Canadian national identity – one of those rare brands by which individuals andContinue reading “Rebranding: Justin Trudeau and Canadian Coffee”

Are you an Anti-Vaxxer?

Why do we question vaccines? And who are the thought leaders involved? Are they respectable, or are they hacks? And, more importantly, what can we glean from past debates about vaccines? In Elena Conis’s new book, we get a sense of this – and so much more. In the newest edition of Social History ofContinue reading “Are you an Anti-Vaxxer?”

Tories, Turmoil, and Marijuana Legalization

THE CBC reported yesterday that there is tremendous turmoil within the Conservative Party over the legalization of marijuana. Without Stephen Harper, the issue has created controversy. The story below is by Stephen Dyer. * As candidates for the Conservative Party’s leadership race continue to line up, an issue has emerged that many thought the Tories hadContinue reading “Tories, Turmoil, and Marijuana Legalization”

The Rise of Big Cannabis on Shaw TV

The Rise of Big Cannabis Symposium that I recently aired on Shaw TV in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and Swift Current stations. The first airing was this weekend on March 19th @ 9:30pm Other dates to follow: March 21st – 11pm March 23rd – 9:30pm March 24th – 10pm Bonus airing in Saskatoon on MarchContinue reading “The Rise of Big Cannabis on Shaw TV”

Fentanyl vs. Alcohol

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) told us today that there’s been a rise in Fentanyl-related deaths in Saskatchewan. No doubt, this is a major issue. But I also wanted to contextualize this story with some information about booze. * According to the information collected by the Office of the Chief Coroner, there have been 41Continue reading “Fentanyl vs. Alcohol”

In the Weeds: Understanding Government Action and Canada’s Marijuana Industry

What is happening with Canadian marijuana policy? We seem to be stuck in the weeds. And there’s a fog of confusion. According to Jim Bronskill, there are the 9 major factors that have driven the Canadian government’s “federal marijuana moves” over the past few months. The key source for him was a November 2015 ministerial briefingContinue reading “In the Weeds: Understanding Government Action and Canada’s Marijuana Industry”

Mixed reviews for the Allard marijuana decision

Cannabis. Pot. Marijuana. Ganga. Weed. Grass. These are interesting times for sure. I was interviewed for the Saskatoon local news on the recent Allard decision. Honestly, I wasn’t terribly happy with this interview, but it can be viewed here. http://globalnews.ca/video/2541487/mixed-reviews-for-federal-court-marijuana-decision Finally: I would like to be upfront about something. The Global story used the word “Professor”Continue reading “Mixed reviews for the Allard marijuana decision”

Devising an Endgame in the War on Tobacco

In recent months, some tobacco and health experts around the country have begun to devise radical proposals to hinder Big Tobacco and crush the business in a final, coordinated attack. The National Post’s Tom Blackwell, in particular, has offered illuminating coverage of the debates within the anti-smoking community, where moderates are pitted against prohibitionists. TheContinue reading “Devising an Endgame in the War on Tobacco”

HEAT, 20 YEARS LATER

In December 1995, my movie-world was rocked to its foundations with the release of Heat, Michael Mann’s L.A.-based crime masterpiece. I had never seen or heard anything like it. The action sequences were thoughtful, gritty, and cacophonous. The story, while not overly complicated, was compelling. I staggered out of the theater (Saskatoon’s now defunct Capitol Four)Continue reading “HEAT, 20 YEARS LATER”

Twin Addictions? Zombies (i.e., The Walking Dead) and Bath Salts

In 2015, we are grappling with the addictive properties of The Walking Dead. Based on the best-selling comic book and developed for TV by Frank Darabont, the series has proven to be as enduring and enslaving as many popular drugs. With only a month left in Season 6, many questions surround the future of Rick,Continue reading “Twin Addictions? Zombies (i.e., The Walking Dead) and Bath Salts”