Canada leading the way in moral decay – By Yvonne Sam

Canada leading the way in moral decay

By Yvonne Sam

God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. 

The words above are the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem, but sadly none of it rings true any longer.  Oh! Canada can’t you see, no one is standing on guard for thee. Today while there is much more knowledge available than any other time in history, very few would take umbrage at revelation of the fact that people are no wiser than before.  On the other hand many would contend that that we are living in a particularly foolish period —– a period that is largely and visibly wisdom-free, especially among those with the most knowledge: the best educated. Catapulting at an almost rapid pace as the absence of wisdom is the decline in morality.     

Canada as a nation continues to define, reinvent or undermine morality in dramatic fashion. A decline in morality, and a turning point of the Cultural Revolution took place in 1967 when the then justice Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, stated, “The government has no business in the bedrooms of this nation.” He made this declaration while introducing a bill to decriminalize homosexuality. Sprouting roots from this was the general acceptance of homosexuality in Canadian society, which many now believe it is not a matter of choice, but genetically decided. Toronto has the largest Gay Pride parade in North America and is considered a homosexual tourist destination. The Ontario Superior Court ruled on July 12, 2002, that the banning of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and clearly in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This quickly led to the courts allowing same-sex marriage the following year. Canada was well on her way to moral decay.

Sad but nevertheless blatantly true the approach taken by Canada is that if a problem cannot be solved, it should simply be legalized so that it can be “controlled”. This point is borne out, for example in Vancouver, where the problem of heroin addiction is addressed by providing addicts with facilities in which they can “safely” abuse the drug. No longer does Canada stand on any moral high ground when seeking solutions to its problems. Concepts of “right vs. wrong” are abandoned in favor of whatever is the current popular sentiment.

The CIA publication of The World Factbook under the heading “transnational issues” states that Canada is an “illicit producer of cannabis for the domestic drug market and export to US.” Seemingly not too many Canadians were overly concerned with this issue, considering the headlines and the “talk radio” discussions about decriminalization of the drug. On April 13, 2017, the act to legalize the recreational use of weed was first introduced and later passed at the House of Commons in November. Bill C-45, otherwise known as the Cannabis Act, stemmed from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and reduce related crime.

Now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17.  Such a move made Canada the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

On Twitter, Trudeau praised the bill and focused on Canada’s youth. The justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, also applauded the vote. “This is an historic milestone for progressive policy in Canada,” she tweeted. The held belief by the government is that hitherto it had been far too easy for kids to get marijuana, and for the profits to be harvested by criminals and organized crime, the passage of the Bill has put a stamp to such.

As local rules of implementation are decided provincially, the availability of marijuana will vary across the country. In Alberta, recreational weed will be widely available at more than 200 private retailers across the province. On the opposite end of the spectrum, marijuana availability will only be provided in 40 state-run shops in Ontario. In Newfoundland and Labrador, it will be available in Loblaws grocery stores.

Weight and Fate

Under the proposed plan, 30 grams of dried marijuana is the maximum a person can legally possess in a public place. Carry any more and you could be subject to fines, jail time, or both.

Peace and the Police

The policing of quantities is a big shift for the police, formerly accustomed to viewing any amount of weed as a red flag. Legalization of the substance has called for a different approach—the police have to move on. Sandy Sweet of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, an agency that provides online training courses for police officers, says that, “we have to train every police officer in the country what the law says they’re allowed to do and not allowed to do in these new scenarios.” Sweet’s group has been working with the RCMP and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to design online training for all of Canada’s roughly 69,000 police officers; the plan is to launch the training by July.

Drug- Impaired Driving—The Threat of Death

Passing alongside Bill C45 was Bill C 46, the impaired driving bill, which the Senate unanimously agreed on passing as-is and not insist on its amendments. This new legislation proposes changes to the existing impaired driving laws thereby giving the police new powers to conduct roadside intoxication tests, including oral fluid drug tests, and would also make it illegal to drive within two hours of being over the legal limit. To coincide with legalization, the federal government is preparing to update its impaired driving laws; police will use saliva tests to detect whether drivers have drugs in their system. Officers will have to be trained on the new equipment, but at present it is still unknown which models of oral fluid testing devices will be utilized by law enforcement. The Canadian Society of Forensic Science’s Drugs and Driving Committee is evaluating the equipment following which recommendations will be made. According to Mario Harel, chief of Gatineau, Quebec’s police force and president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, police forces have been trying to increase the number of officers who have specialized training as Drug Recognition Experts, and to make sure officers know how to conduct the standardized field sobriety test, both of which are now used to detect impaired driving. As such, the government recommends that “the safest approach for anyone who chooses to consume cannabis is to not mix their consumption with driving.”

Order at the U. S Border

While this new marijuana legalization law may signal a first for Canada and Canadians, it has at the selfsame time brought in its wake enhanced screening for Canadians at U. S border crossings. Those who cross the border regularly to enter the U. S. should be prepared for the U. S border patrol officials asking pointed questions about their drug histories. Canadians are already being warned by U.S immigration lawyers of the possibility that they could be denied entry to the U.S. — or barred from the United States for life, should they admit to smoking cannabis to a border agent. Despite legalization in some U.S. states, cannabis still remains a prohibited substance under U.S. federal law. Current U. S Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, an impassioned anti-drug crusader, forewarned a group of Canadian Conservative senators that there could be longer wait times at the border because of enhanced, secondary screening of Canadians.

The State of Real Estate—Dwelling versus Re-selling

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said that the Liberal government’s plan to allow so-called “home grow” (home cultivation of marijuana plants) could lead to the spread of mold and other fungi in residences across the country, all of which could result in some costly surprises for home buyers.  “There’s absolutely no question it impacts the value of the home,” Michael Bourque, chief executive officer of CREA, told senators, adding the physical effects of a grow op can often go undetected during a home inspection. There are currently no provincial remediation standards for the safe re-occupancy of former marijuana grow operations, Bourque said. Many mortgage companies are reluctant to insure homes once used for that purpose, he said, which makes selling them more difficult. 

  ?  To Assuage – Lower the Voting age

Having yet more say in the process of decay, by putting age on the stage, both the Canadian government and political parties are once again advocating lowering the voting age to 16. According to Andrew Weaver leader of the Green Party in British Colombia, sixteen year olds can drive and they can get married, but in Canada they cannot vote. He further points out that “research shows that by age 16 the cognitive skills required to make calm, logically informed decisions are firmly in place. The young citizens of British Columbia are also the leaders of tomorrow, and as such should have a say in the direction we are heading, as they will inherit what we leave behind”.

Historical Falls—Present Call 

In one of his six volumes —The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, the author, English historian Edward Gibbon, pointed to a singular major cause as the precursor for decline in the Western Roman Empire— moral decay. He furnished evidence of this moral decline speaking on things such as loss of national work ethic, failure of the patriarchal society, sexual perversity, political corruption and ultra –multiculturalism where Rome lost its core identity.  Irregardless of the theory surrounding the decline in culture, Lord Patrick Devlin stated that “an established morality is as necessary as good government to the welfare of society.” He further stated that, “societies disintegrate from within more frequently than they are broken up by external pressures.” The condition of moral decline is seen as preceding or concomitant with the decline of the quality of life and the decline of nations. Lending support to this axiom General Douglas MacArthur, Chief of Staff of the U. S Army during the 1930’s is quoted as follow “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.”

It is apparent that Trudeau’s recent marijuana legislation was a policy steeped in highly doubtful claims and overinflated optimistic expectations. Will pot serve as the cooking utensil for more lethal substance abuse? The answer is positive as there still remain many unaddressed concerns. Any nation that fails to heed the lessons of previous failing and fallen cultures are liable to repeat their mistakes.  The final warning is Just-In, Canada must incline her ear or this nation will be vulnerable to decline just as other cultures experienced.

President Donald Trump talked about building a wall on the southern border, on the northern side there may be a need to contain the Canadians stoned on weed.

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  • Linda  On 06/24/2018 at 9:48 am

    All that you’ve written is YOUR opinion. Just to be clear Ms. Sam, homosexuality is not a life style choice, it’s genetic. In our family, there are 3 generations that each have a gay child and it’s all on one side of the family tree. Look around you and keep an open mind instead of stating that Canadian society is going to hell in a hand basket. I understand you feel strongly about certain behaviours within our society, and I’m sure they’re based on your Christian upbringing and wanting things to remain the same as the “good old days”. Trudeau is right, government has no place in people’s bedrooms. People should be able to make individual choices and not have every aspect of their lives controlled and dictated to by any government nor criticized by Christian right wing fundamentalists. Do you think that alcohol should be taken off the market as well ? By all accounts it’s just as bad, or even worse, in some cases, than pot. All of what you’ve said is based on some idealist world that you wish for mankind. The world has evolved and people right along with it. We have the democratic right to choose how we live our lives without being subject to ridicule by bible thumping enthusiasts.

    • Hermina  On 06/24/2018 at 2:24 pm

      Some redundancy. Certainly all that a writer writes is his or her take on a topic. No need to repeat or remind others of such as fact.
      Is the writer not giving her take on the general held belief.

      Sprouting roots from this was the general acceptance of homosexuality in Canadian society, which many now believe it is not a matter of choice, but genetically decided. I do not see her two bits there on whether homosexuality is genetic or pathetic? a life style etc. Seemingly you have misunderstood that particular aspect, and just wanted to get your rant on the road.
      Remember however that sam is not the only one speaking on the contained issues. .

  • Albert  On 06/24/2018 at 1:30 pm

    homosexuality is not a life style choice, it’s genetic”

    While I agree that homosexuality may largely be a matter of genetics there are some who have decided on this lifestyle as a choice. One case in point is the argument by some single women who claim that the shortage of suitable males forced them into this way of life. Difficult to argue against this logic.

    Don’t know if Yvonne grew up in Guyana. It would be difficult not to have known men who were known homosexual almost from boyhood years. They could not have been faking it and take such societal punishment.

    On the issue of legalization of marijuana some have taken the scrooge approach. I think about twelve US states have approve the use for medicinal purposes and as an alternative to the addictive opium base drugs. It is likely to spread. Industries are beginning to manufacture marijuana base drugs for approval by the FDA. The stock symbol for one such is GWPH now selling for around $150. My friend made a bundle buying at $92. There must be others in Canada.

    There you have it. If we are going to be a junkie society then why not try to find some happiness in it legally.

    • Hermina  On 06/24/2018 at 2:51 pm

      Sprouting roots from this was the general acceptance of homosexuality in Canadian society, which many now believe it is not a matter of choice, but genetically decided.

      Are you quoting the writer on the origin of homosexual tendencies? as a reader also I do not see where the writer specifically states that homosexuality is a life style choice or throws in her take on the matter.

  • Ron Saywack  On 06/24/2018 at 4:05 pm

    “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, the author, English historian Edward Gibbon, pointed to a singular major cause as the precursor for the decline in the Western Roman Empire— moral decay.” from above commentary.

    Historians cite a number of reasons for the fall of the Western Roman Empire, chief among them was the rise of Christianity which they say systematically encouraged pacifism – or the undermining of the will to resist.

    Thus when the Barbarians came, the people behaved more like penned sheep rather that menacing wolves ready to fight back

    Of course, there were other practical reasons for the Empire’s decline such as widespread internal corruption, over-taxation of the peasants, and gross governmental mismanagement. What’s new?

    In respect to “Canada leading the way in moral decay.” That is a highly subjective point of view. What may be deemed moral decay to some could be viewed as normal by others. Who are we to judge?

  • D. Doliveira  On 06/26/2018 at 2:02 am

    A sick article by a hateful, fearful sad person!!

    • Hermina  On 06/28/2018 at 9:54 am

      You have strangely and openly revealed how sick you are by your subjective asinine comment. Hateful in what way one should ask.Sad how! .! You should be a guy-on-your knees, as you seemingly lack qualifications/ experience to render judgement on the writer. Why the hell don’t you deal specifically with what in the article irks you or caused you to make that judgement.

      Incidentally you should give Cyril Bryan thanks for giving you johnny-come-lately, brainless and aimless earthling a place to spew.

      • Emanuel  On 06/28/2018 at 1:49 pm


        Are you the writer’s alter ego? You are always quick to criticize and belittle your fellow posters.

        Posters comment on what writers write and it will not always be in agreement. That is what they do in free societies.

        You always spring to the defence of the writer in rose coloured glasses and not on the article itself. You lose all credibility when you start to call posters “idiots “. It is better to remain quiet and be thought of a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.

      • D. Doliveira  On 06/29/2018 at 7:47 pm

        Well stated … Couldn’t have stated it better. I was tempted to reply to her criticism, but thought it wiser to not engage in a war of words with individuals who believe that they are messengers of the Almighty chastising others for their sins. I love people and won’t judge them for whom they love etc. Thanks for your comment.

  • panbrowne  On 06/26/2018 at 9:36 am

    Just pointing that prohibition did NOT work! Also that Canadians stoned on weed will have absolutely no reason or desire to WANT to come to the USA. Hence no need for a wall unless to further line the pockets of the wealthy and greedy. As for homosexual my advice is for you to LEAVE THEM ALONE.
    ! You are not God !Suggestion! Do some charity work and help the poor and downtrodden.

    • Emanuel  On 06/26/2018 at 10:34 pm

      I fully agree with you.

      • Hermina  On 06/28/2018 at 10:05 am

        Neither are both of you God. . Emmanuel and panbrowne. I suggest you guys do some reading and read up. Your reply sounds so basic and elementary. Small minds select narrow roads. Misery appreciates company. You agree with the idiot on what he said or what was addressed in the article. Do you have a point to refute anything stated in the article in excess of a broad sweeping generalized statement.

        I suggest that you do some homework and help yourself the educationally and cognitively underprivileged.

  • Thinker  On 06/30/2018 at 12:57 am

    Can anyone who reads the Old Testament (before God changed his mind) seriously believe that Canada and other Western countries are undergoing a process of moral decay in comparison to the justified violence one observes in it? In the long run we must be guided by progress in scientific research. It’s clear that homosexuality is not merely a lifestyle choice. Just as it would appear that those under 25 using marijuana are at risk of psychosis. Enlightenment comes from rationality.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/30/2018 at 10:34 pm

    Jamaica to Boost Security After Murders of Returning Expats

    Provision of liaison officers follows Guardian report on extreme risk to retirees

    Josh Halliday | The Guardian UK

    Police in Jamaica have pledged extra security for returning residents after the murder of five British and Canadian retirees on the Caribbean island.

    The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said it would appoint a specialist liaison officer in each police division to monitor cases of returnees being targeted amid a pattern of violent incidents.

    The statement came hours after the Guardian reported a warning from senior Jamaican police officials that expats who returned to the island were seen as soft targets and were at “extreme risk” of being killed.

    Gayle and Charlie Anderson, aged 71 and 74, had recently retired to Jamaica from Manchester when they were fatally stabbed and their bodies burned in a firebomb attack at their home in Mount Pleasant.

    The double murder in the Portland parish last Saturday followed the killing in April of 63-year-old Birmingham charity worker Delroy Walker and two Canadian pensioners in January.

    Selvin Hay, Jamaica’s deputy commissioner of police and head of crime, said on Saturday: “Our focus on the safety and protection of our returning residents is unequivocal. We take all reported incidents of crimes against them seriously and will further our work with our partners in government and non-government organisations to ensure communities are safe spaces for all who live, work or visit.”

    The JCF said it would review all serious unsolved crimes against the approximately 30,000 returning residents on the island.

    As part of additional security measures, the force said it would establish a point of contact for the Jamaican diaspora in Britain, the USA and Canada to raise concerns. A service would also be set up for police to conduct background checks on workers who returning residents may wish to employ.

    The force said: “The JCF is offering assurance to returning residents that their safety and security remains a high priority of the organisation, strategies and support systems are currently being bolstered for their protection.

    “This comes against the background of the recent incidents against returning residents and the concerns expressed by members of the diaspora to the commissioner, whilst in recent meetings in the United Kingdom.”

    The targeting of returning residents is not new, with criminals viewing them as wealthy and often naïve about security in a country with one of the highest murder rates in the western hemisphere.

    Percival Latouche, the president of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, said he believed more than 200 British, American and Canadian expats had been murdered in the country since 2000 and he had attended 165 funerals in that time.

    A Guardian analysis of government data has found that at least 85 British, American and Canadian nationals have been murdered in Jamaica since 2012.

    Of those, at least 30 were British and eight were murdered last year, the highest annual murder toll of Britons on the island in at least five years.

    In an average year, there are twice as many murders in Jamaica than in Britain, which has 20 times the population of the former.

    Last year, Jamaica recorded 1,616 murders, the highest in six years and equivalent to 31 a week, as the homicide rate rose by 20% in just 12 months.

    So far in 2018 there have been more than 600 killings, mainly linked to gang activity. Only 44% of homicides result in arrests.

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