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Kraken Log – Day 13 28knots=32m/h=52k/h

Kraken Log – Day 13
The morning of Day 13 finds us at Latitude 27, the Islands are at 21 so only 6 more to go!
Yesterday was full on champagne sailing; sunshine, warm water, 20 kts of wind and a steady 8 to 9 kts through the water with some 11,s 12’s, and 13’s surfing. As night closed, however, the winds picked up to the 25-28 range and the champagne turned more into Grappa. Grappa is still good, but the intensity level is much higher, especially in the dark.
Somehow for every 5kt increment of wind, there is an exponential increment in the accompanying seas. The waves cause havoc as they come up behind us, lift the stern to the wrong side (down-wind) and cause us to round up.
Rounding up is when you loose steerage. The wind is always applying pressure to the boat that want’s to make it turn into the wind. The rudder counteracts this pressure to make the boat go straight. If the pressure to round up exceeds the ability of the rudder to compensate, the rudder will slide sideways and the boat will take a sharp uncontrolled turn into the wind.
This happened last night – many times.
This morning the wind has eased a bit, things are under control, and we are moving comfortably.
When you are off-shore sailing, one of your main past times is worry. You are pretty much completely cut-off from the world and any form of immediate assistance. You can’t pull over or stop anywhere, and there are no service stations. There is no escape from your immediate situation. The what could go wrong list is huge. Of course you plan for all sorts of eventualities but you simply can’t have a spare for everything unless you towed a second boat with you.
At this stage in the voyage we are sailing hard and under full press of canvas. Everything is running loaded and under strain. It’s hard to describe the noise on a boat in these conditions. There is constant groaning, popping, swooshing, humming, grinding, shuddering, and slapping, and the occasional sharp bang from below imparted by a wave.
Every time you hear/feel a big pop or bang you worry that something just broke. Of course some of this worry is routed in the fact that things do pop and break and let go with some regularity in these conditions. The immediate question is always whether or not this is an immediate safety risk, if it’s an irreversible problem, or just an inconvenience.
Hence this little worry devil continuously sits at the back of your mind warning you of what the next pop, or bang can be, and what various unsavory scenarios my yet unfold. Alas, this is all mind over matters-stuff that you simply have to keep under control. Not enough worry causes recklessness, too much worry causes paralysis, and the right amount causes due vigilance.
Although tensions are high and fatigue is becoming a factor with the crew, everyone is remaining very positive and engaged in the race. Thoughts of the Tropical Island paradise a mere few days from here are starting to make their way into our minds but somehow this all seems almost unimaginable.
Out here there is just water, wind, waves, sailing the boat, and what wrap to eat: chicken, Lamb, Tuna, or Lasagna – these simple things occupy all of our focus. I think we will only believe that we are there when we are actually there and the boat is tied to a dock.
NEWS FLASH – pod of 5 or so dolphins swimming along side of the boat. It is still dark and we can clearly see their phosphorescent shapes swimming and jumping. They are accompanying us and showing the way!
Kraken Out
Tony’s Note: Kraken has gain 6NMs on Salient over night! This is a huge gain… They have the better line as you can see from the positions photo.
Just about 2 days to go – I have them at about 52 hours assuming the wind/boat speed stay about the same.
Kraken for the Div 2 WIN!! – Stay tuned.
kraken joy ride

Cannabis legislation in Canada

Taken from Debates of June 6th, 2017
House of Commons Hansard #188 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. Canada

Arif Virani Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-45, legislation that would legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis. The objective of our government’s bill is to protect our youth, to deter criminal activity, and to promote public health and safety.

Let me turn first to the issue of Canada’s youth. Canadian youth use cannabis more than youth anywhere else in the entire world. In 2015, use among youth aged 15 to 19 was 21%. In many cases, accessing cannabis in our country is easier than getting a cigarette or buying a bottle of beer, so clearly, the current system is not working.

Confronted with this reality, our government has two options: continue the zero tolerance policies that have been proven to fail, or adopt a policy of harm reduction. We have chosen the latter. We have chosen to recognize that people, including young people, are using cannabis, and the best way to address the situation is by accepting this fact, and taking positive, proactive steps to educate youth about the dangers of cannabis use, while simultaneously penalizing those who would seek to encourage cannabis use among youth.

For example, we know that cannabis has the potential to cause short and long-term mental health and physical health effects, and that it poses greater overall health risks in developing brains. It is because of this, our government would provide funding toward public awareness campaigns, which would inform our youth about the risks of cannabis.

We also propose to get tough on those who target youth. Similar to the restrictions on the promotion of tobacco products, under Bill C-45, there would be comprehensive restrictions applied to advertising and promoting cannabis, and its related products by any means, including sponsorships and branding that can be deemed to be appealing to children. There would be prohibitions on self-service displays or vending machines. False, misleading, deceptive testimonies, or endorsements that could entice young people to use cannabis would also be prohibited. A violation of these prohibitions would mean a fine of up to $5 million, or up to three years in jail.

We are also aggressively penalizing those who would target youth for cannabis sales. Our government has introduced two new criminal offences, and an up to 14-year prison sentence for those who would give or sell cannabis to our youth, or use a youth to distribute cannabis.

I want to turn to my second point in relation to the criminal justice system. Our government also accepts another clear reality, that the current policies of zero tolerance have failed to deter criminal activity. In fact, to the contrary, zero tolerance has actually permitted the illicit market to flourish, padding the pockets of organized crime and street gangs.

In Canada alone, the illegal trade of marijuana reaps an estimated $7 billion in profits annually for organized crime. Again, as a government, we have a choice, to continue failed policies, or to choose the route of legalization and regulation, a route that would take money out of the hands of criminals, and thereby keep Canadians safer.

At present, Canada is an exporter of cannabis for global markets, and organized criminal groups have reaped large profits from the cannabis cultivation and trafficking. These are individuals who operate complex organized criminal enterprises, who engage in violence, and pose a constant threat to the public safety and well-being of all Canadians. By taking money out of the hands of such groups, we would be deterring crime in this country.

The approach of Bill C-45 has another important impact on criminal justice in Canada; that is, reducing backlogs. This is a situation with which I am very familiar, as an individual who spent 15 years as a lawyer in practice prior to being elected, the majority of that time being with the ministry of the attorney general of Ontario. As crown counsel, I saw repeatedly the limited resources available to prosecutors, police, and the judiciary to administer criminal justice, which was exacerbated by the number of charges clogging up the system.

In 2015, cannabis simple possession offences accounted for more than half of all police reported drug charges, some 49,577 charges out of a total of 96,423 charges being laid. By removing charges for simple possession of small amounts of cannabis, the bill would permit limited court and crown resources to be applied directly to more serious drug related crimes, and to more serious criminals, the actual persons who pose a direct threat to the safety and well-being of Canadians. It would allow law enforcement officials to concentrate their efforts on significant criminal activity, thereby improving their ability to keep Canadian communities safe.

We have addressed how public safety would be strengthened through the new regime ushered in under Bill C-45, so now allow me to turn to my third point.
Bill C-45 would promote public health. Public health professionals are among the various groups and individuals who were consulted in the development of this legislation.

First, the task force on cannabis legalization and regulation heard from professionals, advocates, front-line workers, decision-makers and public servants, as well as expert panels, patients, citizens, and informed employers. They were all driven to develop a sound cannabis strategy in the interest of all Canadians.

The task force held a series of round table discussions across the country in order to consult experts from a wide range of disciplines as well as researchers and academics, patients and their advocates, cannabis users, police chiefs and fire chiefs, other municipal and local representatives, and various industry associations and health care professionals.

The Liberal Party promised Canadians in the 2015 election that we would make policy decisions based on science, facts, and evidence. Bill C-45 does just that by incorporating the recommendations of this important task force. Among the recommendations, recognizing that cannabis use is occurring in my riding of Parkdale—High Park and around the country, was permitting adults to make informed choices about using small amounts of cannabis recreationally, without fear of criminal sanction.

The task force also highlighted, as a guiding principle, the notion that the law should demonstrate compassion for vulnerable members of society and patients in need of medical cannabis. However, it recognized that from a health perspective, one of the biggest dangers remaining for cannabis users is not knowing the content or the quality of the cannabis being taken. It is precisely this unknown, driven by the presence of the illegal market, that makes cannabis use so dangerous currently.

Bill C-45 would address this public health risk head on. It would protect and promote public health by strictly regulating cannabis production, distribution, and sales. Rules would be implemented for adults to access quality-controlled cannabis, while a new tightly regulated supply chain was created, ensuring product safety for Canadians so that Canadians who chose to use cannabis were able to do so knowing that they were not endangering themselves. This would, once again, be putting harm reduction, as an operating principle, to work.
This global shift toward harm reduction for cannabis use has led to legalization in Uruguay, along with several European and Latin American countries that have decriminalized the personal possession of cannabis, followed by some American states, representing more than 20% of the total U.S. population, which have voted to legalize and regulate cannabis for non-medical purposes.

Important lessons would undoubtedly arise from Canada’s experience in the coming years, ones that would be valuable for advancing the global dialogue on innovative strategies for drug control. I am confident that Canada would remain a committed international partner by monitoring and evaluating our evolving cannabis policy and sharing these important lessons with national and international stakeholders.

Overall, I am very confident that the framework proposed in Bill C-45 is the best approach going forward for Canadians. It recognizes the failure of zero tolerance and the merits of pursuing harm reduction as the guiding principle to inform public policy. It is a balanced approach designed to protect Canadians, especially our youth, by providing regulated access to legal cannabis for adults while restricting access by youth.

It would put in place strict safeguards to protect youth from being encouraged to use cannabis and would create new offences for those adults who either provide cannabis to youth or use youth to commit cannabis-related offences. It would also help focus limited police and crown resources where they are most needed: in prosecuting serious drug criminals who make our communities less safe.

Bill C-45 would promote public health through increased education and awareness and by ensuring a safe supply of cannabis for those who chose to use small amounts recreationally.

I would encourage all members to support Bill C-45. We must all act now to make our communities safer by legalizing, restricting, and strictly regulating cannabis to keep it out of the hands of Canadian youth and to keep the profits out of the hands of organized criminals.

Has anything changed? Revisiting Chief Dan George’s iconic ‘Lament for Confederation’ | CBC Canada 2017

“Oh God! Like the thunderbird of old I shall rise again out of the sea; I shall grab the instruments of the white man’s success — his education, his skills — and with these new tools I shall build my race into the proudest segment of your society.”
– Chief Dan George

On Canada Day 1967, Chief Dan George recited his piece ‘Lament for Confederation.’ Now 50 years later, Mohawk/Tuscarora writer Janet Rogers revisits the lament. Has anything changed?

Source: Has anything changed? Revisiting Chief Dan George’s iconic ‘Lament for Confederation’ | CBC Canada 2017