Everything you've ever wanted to know about the "True, North, Strong and Free!"
This documentary produced by The National Film Board of Canada and directed by Albert Nerenberg, discusses Canada's open (semi-socialist) views on Marijuana, Homosexuality, War and our general Rights and Freedoms.
This is an 8 part film, 80mins in Length. Comment and give your take on Canada.
Part 1 - Is Canada Boring?...or a Utopia of Freedom?
Part 2 - The Decriminalization of Marijuana
Part 3 - Vansterdam + Same-Sex Marriage
Part 4 - Reefer Refugees and Americans
Part 5 - So... Is it legal...or illegal?
Part 6 - War Resistors welcome here...A.W.O.L.
Part 7 - Legalize it... and tax the hell out of it. The Raids.
Part 8 - Bush's policies and the future of Canada.
To this Day Canada's marijuana laws are still loosely defined and up in the air. It is not uncommon to find people smoking in pubic spaces (whether that be in designated coffee shops, park benches or at the annual Marijuana March). Despite Stephen Harper's Conservative party gaining a minority government in 2006, Same-sex marriages are still legal in Canada. Marc Emery is currently working on a plea bargain with the U.S. government. A plea to serve 5 years in both U.S. and Canadian prisons as well as having the charges against his two fellow associates dropped has been entered by Emery. The plea has apparently dissolved due to negotiations between Canada and the US. The US would like Emery and associates to serve a minimum of 10 years in prison, while Canada believes that 1 month in jail and probation is an adequate enough sentence. The debate continues. It's likely that with Obama having taken office, and his interest in decriminalizing small amount of marijuana, Canadian leaders (with appropriate pressure) will get the ball rolling once again. Read this recent article on the legalization debate from the Globe and Mail.