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Salam Toronto Weekly English June 21, 2018 78 New Jersey considers honouring chef Bourdain with food trail Pot to be legal by mid October after senators pass pot legalization bill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls U.S. child migrant policy "wrong" By Jim Bronskill TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey is considering honouring celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a food trail. The famed cook, writer and host of the CNN series ``Parts Unknown'' killed himself nearly two weeks ago in a luxury hotel in France. The 61-year-old was born in New York, but grew up in the New Jersey suburb of Leonia. Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty on Monday introduced a resolution that would By Joan Bryden OTTAWA _ Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift almost a century-old prohibition on cannabis. Senators voted 52-29, with two abstentions, to pass Bill C-45, after seven months of study and debate. HealthMinister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has said the provinces will need two to three months after the bill is passed before they'll be ready to implement the new legalized cannabis regime. " We have seen in the Senate tonight a historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition of cannabis in this country, 90 years of needless criminalization, 90 years of a just-say-no approach to drugs that hasn't worked,'' said independent Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the upper house. Canada is the first industrialized country to legalize cannabis nationwide. " I'm proud of Canada today. This is progressive social policy,'' Dean said. However, Dean and other senators stressed that the government is taking a very cautious, prudent approach to this historic change. Cannabis will be strictly regulated, with the objective of keeping it out of the hands of young people and displacing the thriving black market in cannabis controlled by organized crime. " What the government's approach has been is, yes, legalization but also strict control,'' said Sen. Peter Harder, the government's representative in the Senate. ``That does not in any way suggest that it's now party time.'' Conservative senators remained resolutely opposed to legalization, however, and predicted passage of C-45 will not meet the government's objectives. " The impact is we're going to have all those involved in illegal marijuana peddling right now becoming large corporations and making a lot of money and they're going to be doing it at the expense of vulnerable people in this By Teresa Wright OTTAWA _ The U.S. policy of separating child migrants from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and detaining them, is ``unacceptable,'' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today. " What's going on in the United States is wrong,'' Trudeau told reporters. " I can't imagine what the families who are living through this are enduring,'' he added, saying this ``is not the way we do things in Canada.'' Trudeau has been called upon to condemn the Trump administration's ``zero-tolerance policy,'' under which asylum seekers who cross illegally into the U.S. are charged with federal crimes and separated from their children, who are detained in guarded, fenced enclosures. Until Wednesday, the prime minister had remained largely silent on the issue, saying only he did not want to ``play politics'' over immigration issues. Now, it appears the chorus of condemnation over the U.S. child migrant separation policy has spurred a change in direction south of the border. President Donald Trump says he plans to sign an executive order that would have the effect of keeping migrant families together while also maintaining security on the border. It remains unclear whether this order will entirely reverse his administration's zero- tolerance policy or what impact it could have on two immigration bills currently before Congress. Meanwhile in Canada, calls resumed for the government to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement. The Canadian Council for Refugees saidWednesday the U.S. cannot be considered a safe country for refugees in light of the ``disturbing'' events at the U.S. border. require the Travel and Tourism Division to establish the ``Anthony Bourdain Food Trail.'' Bourdain visited 10 eateries in the state in a 2015 episode of CNN's ``Parts Unknown. One of the stops was Donkey's Place in Camden, which Bourdain said rivaled nearby Philadelphia for cheesesteaks. The Associated Press country,'' said Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, predicting young people will have more _ not less _ access. " When you normalize the use of marijuana and you're a young person and you had certain reservations because of the simple fact that it was illegal, there's, I believe, a propensity to have somebody be more inclined to use it.'' But Dean countered that the Conservatives have been making the same argument since the bill landed in the Senate seven months ago, regardless of what they heard from expert witnesses. And he suggested that's because they received marching orders from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to do everything in their power to delay or block legalization. ``That tells me that maybe they haven't been open to learning and listening the way that other senators have in this place,'' he said of the Conservatives' unchanging position on the bill. By contrast, Dean said many independent senators were initially opposed to or uncertain about legalization but changed their minds after hearing from more than 200 expert witnesses who testified before five different Senate committees that examined the bill minutely. The Conservatives are the last remaining openly partisan group in the Senate, to which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen to name only non-partisan, independent senators recommended by an arm's-length advisory body. Senators last week approved almost four dozen amendments to C-45. The government accepted 27 of them and tweaked two others. But it rejected 13 amendments. Among the rejected amendments was one which would have authorized provinces to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana if they choose. Quebec and Manitoba have already decided to ban home-grown pot, even though the bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling. The purpose of the Senate's amendment was to prevent legal challenges to their constitutional right to do so. THE CANADIAN PRESS Government is monitoring the changes in U.S. immigration policy and what effects they will have on asylum seekers in the United States, namely on their rights to due process in making asylum claims and appeal rights, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said. But it's too early to say yet whether the U.S. zero tolerance policy will infringe on those rights, he added. "This is an evolving situation, we have to, of course, take it into consideration and see how (the U.S. zero-tolerance policy) impacts the agreement,'' Hussen told The Canadian Press Wednesday. "We can't make rash decisions.'' THE CANADIAN PRESS

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