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    New gun-control legislation needs to control replica guns to keep Canadians safe

    New gun-control legislation needs to control replica guns to keep Canadians safe

    by Blake Brown. Originally published on Policy OptionsMarch 23, 2021 The Liberal government’s new firearms-control bill, C-21, has received a frosty reception from both proponents and critics of gun control. Advocates argue that allowing municipalities to regulate handguns would create an ineffective patchwork of regulations. They also object to allowing owners of semi-automatic assault-style rifles to retain their newly prohibited weapons. Amid these significant points of debate, a seemingly minor reform, aimed at tightening the law banning replica firearms, has generated considerable outrage for its possible effect on the “airsoft” industry. Airsoft guns shoot

  • The State of American Souls, Must See TV and Trumpism
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    The State of American Souls, Must See TV and Trumpism

    Trumpism is a term for the political ideology, style of governance, political movement and set of mechanisms for acquiring and keeping power as demonstrated by former president, Donald J. Trump. By Eileen FlemingOctober 12, 2020 Truth seekers will be glued to the TV this Tuesday when former U.S. president D. J. Trump’s second impeachment trial begins with the charge of inciting the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol. The former presidents defense lawyers are claiming a First Amendment defense. So far 144 Constitutional Lawyers have called the former presidents defense “legally frivolous”,

  • Summer camps get creative to carry on in pandemic
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    Summer camps get creative to carry on in pandemic

    by Aaliyah Bowden, North Carolina Health NewsAugust 6, 2020 Eleven-year-old Averie M. spent time this summer learning how to zipline, rock climb and do gymnastics at a summer camp in Transylvania County. “The activities were very fun and you tried new things that you didn’t think you would be able to do,” she said. Averie was lucky to go to sleep-away camp this year when many other camps and activities for kids were shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Others camped from home on screens

  • One Ohio River town that’s using outdoor recreation to boost its economy
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    One Ohio River town that’s using outdoor recreation to boost its economy

    by Eye On Ohio Staff, Eye on OhioNovember 21, 2019 Every September, tourists flock to historic Marietta, along the banks of the Ohio River, for a celebration that harkens back to the Ohio Valley’s early days.  The 44th annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival held this year attracted an estimated 30,000 visitors to the small southeastern Ohio city. The streets buzzed with activity as vendors sold popcorn, french fries and locally made sandwiches.  More than 100 people sat along the riverbank on lawn chairs and blankets in the grass, looking out at

  • Inside the economics of illegal drugs, from cryptocurrencies to Major League Baseball
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    Inside the economics of illegal drugs, from cryptocurrencies to Major League Baseball

    by Clark Merrefield, The Journalist’s ResourceMay 31, 2019 Money and illegal drugs are inextricable. According to a 2014 RAND Corporation study commissioned by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, each year drug users buy about $100 billion combined worth of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. The economic cost of opioid abuse, overdose and treatment alone reached $78.5 billion in the U.S. in 2013, according to one of the most recent and comprehensive studies from the National Institutes of Health. The Internet adds a modern wrinkle to the image of the drug

  • Thomas, W.Va.: The Town the Arts (Re) Built
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    Thomas, W.Va.: The Town the Arts (Re) Built

    by Bryce Oates, 100 Days in AppalachiaApril 19, 2019 The downtown of this town of 600 sat nearly vacant until a music venue and artists began to create a new economic future for the former coal town. A new guide from the National Association of Governors says arts and culture can be part of rebuilding economies in rural communities. The city of Thomas, West Virginia, like a lot of municipalities in the Mountain State, owes its initial development to coal. Today, however, the downtown of the small town in eastern West Virginia has redeveloped in response to another

  • A Boy In A Man Costume: Two Generations Of Addiction And Recovery In Dayton
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    A Boy In A Man Costume: Two Generations Of Addiction And Recovery In Dayton

    by Jess Mador, 100 Days in AppalachiaDecember 10, 2018 WYSO’s Recovery Stories series brings you conversations from the heart of Dayton’s opioid epidemic. In this story, we meet Trotwood-native Andre Lewis and his friend and recovery sponsor William Roberts. Roberts works in social services in Dayton and is a church pastor with nearly three decades clean. As Lewis explains in this story, he first met Roberts at a treatment program for struggling addicts. Listen to the full conversation below. What follows is a transcript of their conversation, edited for length and clarity.

  • Millennials aren’t really taking vacation. What gives?
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    Millennials aren’t really taking vacation. What gives?

    by Melissa Pogue, Vasiliki (Vass) Bednar. Originally published on Policy OptionsOctober 13, 2016 Summer feels over. Did you take your vacation? Chances are, if you are a millennial, the answer is: not really. We looked at some data from the Canadian Labour Force Survey and found that, despite the stereotype of the lazy millennial, Canadians aged 25 to 39 actually take less vacation than boomers across all incomes. The survey measures how many people took five straight business days off work, so it doesn’t take into account the extra days you