July 1st is always an important day in this country as it is Canada’s birthday (we’re 151 this year and looking good!). However, it also holds great historical significance as this is the day when recreational marijuana will become legal for the first time in Canadian history. This ruling has been a long time coming and is seen as a significant victory for marijuana activists who contend that the drug is not overly harmful when used responsibly.
Medical testing for marijuana and substances is not anything new, with various ways of determining whether someone is under the influence (e.g. the check hair test for marijuana). However, the fact that pot is now legal for anyone of the appropriate age in that province makes it tough to demonize. People sometimes have a beer or a glass of wine on their lunch breaks; what about a joint?
Depending on where you live, however, that would be a difficult proposition. In Ontario, for example, you can only smoke marijuana in your own home, not outdoors and not in a marijuana café (these are prohibited). So, if you’re on the job, technically, you must go home to smoke (no edibles will be approved for another year at least) and then come back. That increases the risk of getting pulled over and given a roadside impairment test, the details of which are still being worked out.
Being impaired on the job rarely results in anyone doing better work. There tends to be more delays and errors, and communication often suffers, which is bad for the workplace and the company’s relations with the public. Businesses will have to decide whether they prefer a don’t ask, don’t tell approach, zero tolerance, or some tolerance of pot use, provided that it does not harm the person’s output or compromise safety in any way.
When attending any type of festival, there are some rules you should adhere by. Although festivals are in general full of fun and are meant to be there to provide a good time, you should always be careful and non-negligent when attending one. Be aware of your surroundings and the danger that may come with having hundreds or thousands of people in attendance at one place. These massive crowds attract some potential for a dangerous or unhealthy situation.
When attending a festival, always make sure to go with several friends or even a large group. This is especially important if you’re planning on having a few drinks. A buddy system is always good but when you have a group of friends, there are several people looking out for you and vice versa. Make sure to wear medic alert tags if you have any sort of medical conditions like diabetes or allergies. It’s always a good idea to have some sort of tag on you in case something happens. Then it’s much easier for people and doctors to help you when you’re in need.
Another part of going to festivals is to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure to not get caught up in mosh pits or going overboard with drinking and partying. It is easy to over drink and get excited because of all the hype, but you should always be aware of what you’re drinking and who’s getting your drinks. If you have any allergies, you want some sort of identification. Medical emergency id bracelets and necklaces are a great way to identify that you have allergies or diabetes.
The best way to enjoy a festival is to be prepared and have fun. Surround yourself with a great group of friends and look after each other. That way, everyone will have a great time and nobody will get hurt.
Over 190 years after his birth, the legacy of Darwin’s work continues to grow in relevance and importance. Shrewsbury now honours the town’s most famous son and his work by organising an annual broad programme of Darwin-related events and activities taking place during the month of his birth and centred in the very town of his birth.
Beginning in 2003 with a week-long programme of just 6 events, the 2004 series was extended to over 20 events and 4 exhibitions running throughout the whole month of February and attracted people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The aim was to challenge, entertain and inspire. There were talks, walks, exhibitions and performances, with even a dog walk, a comedy revue and a feast.
The second festival proved a huge success with around 7,000 visitors enjoying the various events.
A warm welcome is extended to visitors to Shrewsbury to take part in our annual festivals of Darwinian learning and fun based in and around Darwin’s hometown. Visitors are invited to discover for themselves the delights of Shrewsbury and the beautiful landscape of Shropshire that were Darwin’s inspiration.