CANADA PM WON'T ACCEPT US REJECTION OF KEYSTONE XL
Harper said it will create 40,000 jobs in the U.S. "The logic behind this project is simply overwhelming," the prime minister said. Harper said politics has cast doubt on whether the pipeline will be approved but said he's optimistic it will be approved. "Ultimately, over time, bad politics make bad policy," he said. "The president has always assured me that he will a make decision that's in what he believes is in the best interests of the United States based on the facts. I think the facts are clear." The Obama administration is considering whether to approve the pipeline, which would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta across six U.S. states to the Texas Gulf Coast. A decision late this year or early next year. Republicans, and business and labor groups, have urged the Obama administration to approve the pipeline as a source of much-needed jobs and a step toward North American energy independence. Environmental groups have been pressuring President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline, saying it would carry "dirty oil" that contributes to global warming. They also worry about a spill.
During this period, CSEC is also known to have monitored the Mexican government regarding the negotiation and ratification of the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Other documents leaked by Snowden point to the key role CSEC played in the NSAs years-long efforts to crack encrypted data on the internet. According to a recentNew York Timesstory, CSEC had been tasked with working on the standards process for the International Organization for Standardization. During this time, the NSA finessed CSEC into handing over control of the standards process, allowing the US agency to construct a backdoor to secretly decrypt data that millions regarded as safe. A classified NSA memo reads: After some behind-the-scenes finessing with the head of the Canadian national delegation and with [CSEC], the stage was set for NSA to submit a rewrite of the draft Eventually, NSA became the sole editor. WhenMacleansjournalist Jesse Brown posed a direct question to CSEC on the content of the NSA memos, the agencys Director of Public Affairs and Communications Andy McLaughlin only offered an obtuse response that avoided denying that CSEC assisted the NSA in its secret anti-encryption campaign. If CSECs own propaganda is to be believed, a large part of its operations are directed towards tactical and other assistance to the Canadian Armed Forces. During the Canadian militarys most intense involvement in the occupation of Afghanistan, CSEC reportedly contributed intelligence in nearly every major battle or operation involving Canadian troops. The 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act stipulates that the third of CSESs three core mandates is to provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement agencies and security agenciesmost importantly CSIS, the RCMP, and the Canadian Border Agency (CBA). The collaboration between CSIS and CSEC, which has effectively no parliamentary, let alone public, oversight (see http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/22/csec-j22.html), allows the Canadian state to ruthlessly pursue domestic groups and even private citizens who are perceived as threats to the predatory interests of the ruling elite. The rules that reputedly protect Canadians from CSEC surveillance fall-off when the CSEC is working with CSIS and the RCMP. Moreover, CSEC has insisted and the government has endorsed in its ministerial directives to CSEC the anti-democratic claim that the meta-data of Canadians electronic communications is not constitutionally protected communication and therefore can be mined, i.e. collected and scrutinized, at will.
CANADA TO LICENSE COMPANIES TO GROW AND SELL MARIJUANA
Health Canada is going to license prominent marijuana farms. This will allow a free marijuana market to be available which will serve about 37,000 people. The number promises to grow up to 450,000 in the next 10 years. Around 150 companies already applied for a license. Of these, two companies already received the license from the government. The government also determined the price of medical marijuana which will only be served to patients who are legally approved to receive the same. A gram is going to cost $7.60 in 2014. However, there is a possibility that the price may go down to $3 once the market gets more competitive. According to government predictions, the newly born industry is going to fetch $1.3 billion as revenue every year. Now that the weed has been legalized in Canada, would companies make use of celebrities to endorse their products? Several prominent personalities admitted that they smoked marijuana at some point in their life while some others openly admit that they regularly take it at present. Here are five famous and influential personalities who admitted to smoking weed: