Trudeau Introduces New Legalized Marijuana Bill in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made good on one of his campaign promises by introducing a new bill that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. The bill is drafted as a revolutionary measure to allow marijuana to be treated as a consumer product.

The move came as a surprise for some, but it was not completely unexpected.… [Read more]

Politically Passionate? What It Takes to Successfully Lead While in Office

Getting involved in politics is something that many people think that they can do, but it takes a special person to be able to work in this area. You need to be able to communicate with others and listen to what the people have to say as you want to try to make things right for everyone.… [Read more]

Can the Right Wing Get Rid of the Crocodiles? Where Would Their Policy Go From There?

“Draining the swamp” and removing corruption (crocodiles) from Washington is a difficult task. Corruption in politics comes from many things including inaccurate reporting, lobbyist groups with too much power and attention, or people with individual wants that outweigh their love of our nation.

The conservative groups in America have used the “crocodiles in the swamp” analogy to meet some of their needs over the years.[Read more]

How the Scared Straight Program Works for Troubled Teens

Teens who get into legal trouble often have more options than adults. Fortunately, there are many different kinds of social service organizations that can help younger teenagers before their habits, and crimes, venture into dangerous territory. Under numerous names, the so-called “scared straight” programs operating in the U.S. have been shown to be effective and popular among young criminal defendants.… [Read more]

Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare

This past Friday, after only weeks of negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans had to admit defeat as they were forced to pull their repeal from the House Floor. The recent turmoil surrounding healthcare in the United States has shed light on my existing issues in healthcare, and defining new terms for the same.… [Read more]

4 Ways Trump’s Presidency Might Affect Healthcare Legislation

Sweeping changes to legislature are occurring barely one month into Donald Trump’s presidency. On January 9, 2017, the Journal of the American College of Radiology released an article citing four main areas of healthcare that might be affected by Trump’s presidency: repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), increasing executive branch authority over physicians’ practices and payments, eliminating the CMMI and its impact on The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, and changing tort reform.… [Read more]

How Will States That Want to Legalize Marijuana Be Treated Under Trump?

Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic in the US for decades, however it was only during the Obama period when states began to legalize its use for recreational rather than medicinal purposes, with states like Washington and Colorado opting to try and find a way to make cannabis a legal commodity. Since those revolutionary moves, more and more states have voted to make recreational marijuana legal, including California, Nevada, Florida and Arizona, who all passed the vote on election day.… [Read more]

Women’s Rising Interest in Politics in the Trump Era: Pussy Hats in Office

Women’s jaws dropped across the country when the announcement was made that Trump would be elected into office this past November. The news served as a call to action to every woman who feared for their unborn children, for the environment and equality for their fellow man (and woman).

There has been a rise in women stepping into seats of power and a growing interest in participating in politics that has never been seen before.… [Read more]

Let’s Talk Poltics: Reconnecting With Those With Whom You Disagree

It’s hard to talk to people who are angry or full of hatred. After this election, you might’ve flipped the table when your Aunt Shelby mentioned how great certain politicians will be for America. Or she might’ve flipped the table when you talked about the questions Elizabeth Warren posed to Betsy DeVos during her hearing, or, in the same hearing, that satisfying thud when Senator Murray dropped all the precedence down on the table.[Read more]

Ai Weiwei: Setting the Mark for Trumpist America

“Turn nothing into something – make a drawing, make a mark. Connect with others through this space of imagination. Look at other people’s drawings and share them with the world. Be part of the growing community to celebrate how creative expression transcends external borders and internal constraints. We are in this world together.

Ideas, wind, and air no one can stop.” -Ai Weiwei

The power of words, language and art have been a venomous tool in protest for ages.… [Read more]

Women’s Health in the Trump Era: What Next?

My Facebook feed is filled with pictures of the Women’s March that took place in the days following Donald Trump’s inauguration. Pictures of slogans, posters, and unique chants flood my newsfeed, and I’m sure this phenomenon is not exclusive to me. Even as I sit in India, half the world away from the sites of action, the women’s march, Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent fervor it’s generated in terms of the resistance, is all anyone can talk about.… [Read more]

Student Loans: What Degrees Pay for Themselves Quickly?

The cost of college tuition increases every year, and the majority of students have to take on debt to afford going to school. Many students struggle financially after graduating from college because of their large monthly student loan payments. In our changing political and economic environment, having a degree that won’t leave students saddled with overwhelming debt is worth investigating; choosing a degree that allows you to pursue a stable and high-paying career will help you pay off your loans easily.… [Read more]

The Latest Innovations in Engineering Technology

Many individuals are offset by the complexities of modern engineering. It is a tough subject to take on without guidance and thus has a tendency to confuse the average person. Luckily, we do not need to completely understand the specifics of engineering in order to reap the benefits of the workers who engineer products. The industry is rapidly changing and investing in technology that will shape the coming future.… [Read more]

That Time Elizabeth Warren Reminded Us What Leadership Looks Like

By now you’ve heard of the 21st Century Cures Act. It’s a 996-page healthcare bill that passed through the House and the Senate in a landslide vote of 392-26 and 94-5 respectively. For those of us not following every little movement in Washington, it feels like the first bipartisan supported bill in ages. President Obama has already pledged to sign it into law.… [Read more]

The Key Tax Changes to Anticipate in 2017

Back in October, the IRS announced a number of key changes to policies regarding taxes, both for individuals and businesses. As we enter 2017, it is important to anticipate these changes coming into effect. These changes will affect the taxes you file for the fiscal term of 2017. What are the key changes to anticipate this year?… [Read more]

What Do You Think Would Fix Global Healthcare? Here Is One Suggestion

There is no question about the fact that healthcare is broken in the United States and really has been for many years. It was largely on the issue of unaffordable healthcare that Obama won the presidency in 2008, and it is still largely due to an unaffordable and broken healthcare system that led Donald J. Trump to victory in 2016.… [Read more]

What’s Being Done to Improve Opiate Addiction in America?

Opiate addiction is increasingly becoming a big problem in America. Of the estimated 36 million opiate addicts in the world, roughly 2 million reside in the United States alone. Considering the numbers, opiate addiction has caught the attention of local and state leaders alike and has been called an epidemic more than once. This has resulted in an increase of funds for opiate rehab programs, addiction research, pharmaceutical regulations, and more.… [Read more]

College and Faith – Important Things to Consider

For many students, faith doesn’t play a huge part in deciding which college to attend. For them, the only real consideration is which college offers the right course, or whether they can afford to go to an Ivy League college. For students of faith, however, there is another issue: that is, whether to apply to a secular college or attend a mainstream college.… [Read more]

3 Misconceptions Related to Hiring Veterans

Transitioning back to civilian life after actively serving as a soldier can be tough, but becoming employed is arguably one goal that could help soldiers feel like they’re doing worthwhile things and contributing to society. Unfortunately, some employers balk at the idea of hiring veterans. That’s less likely to happen, though, if they’re educated about what to expect, plus understand the truth about common misconceptions.… [Read more]

Breaking Political Branding

Politics aren’t as easy as the 1800s when you could ply your voters by providing enough booze to kill them and hope they hit your name on the ballot box. It involves complex branding and image control. There are degrees based around setting up a good political image. It’s a serious business.

The real question is how much of your vote is based around branding and not candidates?… [Read more]