L-R: Marc, Lynn, Levon, Marie-Claude

The LINK Online, Oct 19-21, 2018

Your hosts: Lynn, Levon, Marie-Claude, Marc  (video of show at bottom)


The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The last known image of Jamal Khashoggi as he enters the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Oct 2.(Hurriyet via AP)

With circumstantial evidence that appears to point to an extrajudicial killing of the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, only a few world leaders have spoken out. Jamal Khashoggi entered the consulate on Oct. 2, and has not been heard of since.

Almost all have kept their comments limited to expressing concern, while many other world leaders have been seemingly silent on the issue.

One Canadian expert suggests that world condemnation could still be limited to words even if it actual proof eventually emerges that the journalist was murdered.

Marc speaks with Professor Elliot Tepper, an international affairs expert at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Cannabis use and development of psychosis

Psychosis is a family of psychiatric disorders that include the most devastating schizophrenia. (iStock)

As the recreational use of cannabis became legal as of Wednesday in Canada, there have been several sources of concern over how this might lead to problems ranging from a possible increase in driving accidents, to children overdosing on edibles left lying around the house.

Another concerns the development of psychosis, a psychiatric disorder that can produce delusions, hallucinations, and bizarre thinking. There is a risk of developing this condition among heavy users, and it the risk increases if one starts consuming at a young age.

Lynn spoke with Ian Gold, associate professor of philosophy and psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal

Canada Cannabis users line up for marijuana on first day of legality

Hugo Senecal, left, and Corey Stone smoke their first legal cannabis joint after buying it from a government cannabis store in Montreal, Wednesday, October 17, 2018. (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

On the first day cannabis was legal, literally tens of thousands of Canadians lined up outside government operated or licensed private retail outlets.

Levon went to the huge lineup outside a government operated outlet in the heart of downtown Montreal to get opinions on the “end of prohibition” and also why they spent hours in line for the opportunity.

Taking advantage of opportunity when it presents itself

Elina Childs, 9, sold all her Girl Guides cookies in under 45 minutes to people lined up waiting to buy cannabis on Wednesday. (Supplied by Seann Childs)

It’s a long-standing joke and perhaps truism about people who consume cannabis and a development of hunger. Indeed cannabis has been recommended for certain medical conditions where people don’t have hunger pangs, but need to eat to build up energy and strength.

In this case, a young Edmonton girl, a member of the Girl Guides organisation, went to a great place to sell the organisation’s cookies. In an annual event girl guides sell boxes of cookies to raise money for the organisation, which funds things like summer camps and outings for the young girls.

Marie-Claude tells us how she went to the line-up outside a cannabis outlet and quickly sold out her supply.
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