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Volume 23, Number 6, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pool to get $1.5 million upgrade

It looks like pot will finally be legal again soon.

Those of us my age have heard this promise before, so perhaps a little skepticism is reasonable. But the legislation is moving ahead and it is time to talk about what really needs to be done when it comes.

I don't think it is a big deal. First of all, cannabis is already legal to use for medical purposes. It is being grown, sold and consumed legally right now, right here. All you need a is a prescription and/or a licence to grow it.

Most people that want pot are therefore already getting it.

Recreational use of pot is already legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Main, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, as well as Washington D.C.

Pot use was only made illegal in Canada in 1923 as part of a wave of prohibition and moral panic sweeping North America at the time. More recently, America's war on drugs saw cannabis demonized even further.

The reality is neither as bad nor as good as some would have us believe. Pot won't cure cancer and won't destroy us all either.

Making it legal to consume cannabis only brings everything out into the open. It won't make it harder to charge someone driving under the influence, because that was always hard to do. It only makes it easier now to focus resources on the particular question of roadside tests for cannabis intoxication.

I don't like smoking anything. Smoking pot should be treated no differently than smoking tobacco.

I don't advocate for pot use, nor do I object to it. What I do object to is any attempt to block reality. And the reality is pot use is happening and always has.

It's time to stop pretending.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Water bill relief program approvedNEWS/Entries/2018/2/14_Water_bill_relief_program_approved.html

Legal cannabis no cause for alarm

A new $1.5 million universal change room will be added to Harbour Pool, Fort City Council decided Tuesday.

Work on the project can begin this summer, but won't be completed until the annual pool maintenance shutdown next January. The project may also extend the shut down an additional month.

That shut down concerned Mayor Gale Katchur, who favoured a cheaper option that would not have required any interruption of pool operations.

"Our reputation actually isn't that good for meeting timelines," she warned.

But the cheaper option, which would have converted the existing  multipurpose room into the new universal change room, also had some disadvantages. This option would have reduced the size of the lobby, would have resulted in a smaller change room, and would have added a second entrance to the pool deck. That would have been a safety issue, as staff would have had to watch two entrances rather than just one.

The approved option results in a bigger change room which will share the existing entrance to the deck.

Pool users very much want the universal change room, City Manager Troy Fleming told Council. "The feedback we've been getting at the pool is significant," he said. Many users are uncomfortable with the older open-concept men's or women's change rooms.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018