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Maclean’s on the Hill: Medical pot, MP votes and Peace Tower bells

The second episode in our summer series of #cdnpoli podcasts


 

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week: When the Trudeau government legalizes marijuana for recreational use, will that mean the end of the current medical marijuana regime? Lawyer Adam Goldenberg believes that may very well be the case. He joins the podcast to explain why—and talk about other legal questions surrounding the legalization of pot.

As long as Canada has been a country, political cartoons have made people laugh by poking fun at politicians, all the while proving a political point. Next year, one of Canada’s most famous cartoonists, Terry Mosher, celebrates his 50th year on the job. He tells us about his career, his art, and his most memorable moments.

One of the key jobs of any federal politician is to take part in votes in the House of Commons, and pass or reject proposed laws. But you may be surprised how many votes some MPs miss. We take a look at the voting records of our politicians, with Maclean’s digital editor Nick Taylor-Vaisey who’s crunching the numbers.

Every day, beautiful songs ring from the bells of the Peace tower on Parliament Hill. We sit down with the woman behind the sound. Canada’s Dominion Carillonneur discusses her work and the future of the music that echoes through the capital.

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The full episode



Part 1. What will legalization mean for medicinal pot?

A protester lights a joint during a 4-20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, April 20, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

A protester lights a joint during a 4-20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, April 20, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

When the Trudeau government legalizes marijuana for recreational use, will that mean the end of the current medical marijuana regime? Lawyer Adam Goldenberg believes that may very well be the case. He joins the podcast to explain why—and talk about other legal questions surrounding the legalization of pot.



Part 2. Terry Mosher reflects on five decades of cartooning.

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As long as Canada has been a country, political cartoons have made people laugh by poking fun at politicians, all the while proving a political point. Next year, one of Canada’s most famous cartoonists, Terry Mosher, celebrates his 50th year on the job. He tells us about his career, his art, and his most memorable moments.



Part 3. Who misses the most votes in the House?

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015.  (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

One of the key jobs of any federal politician is to take part in votes in the House of Commons, and pass or reject proposed laws. But you may be surprised how many votes some MPs miss. We take a look at the voting records of our politicians, with Maclean’s digital editor Nick Taylor-Vaisey who’s crunching the numbers.



Part 4. Hear from Ottawa’s Dominion Carillonneur

The Peace Tower is seen on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 5, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The Peace Tower is seen on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 5, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Every day, beautiful songs ring from the bells of the Peace tower on Parliament Hill. We sit down with the woman behind the sound. Canada’s Dominion Carillonneur discusses her work and the future of the music that echoes through the capital.


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