Five of the best Canada-related links turning our heads and occupying our minds over the last week.
Big news for those who like a wee puff
The annual 420 rally on Parliament Hill got some good news this year when Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the government’s intention to legalize marijuana usage by 2017 at a U.N. drug conference in New York. Drug stores and alcohol licensing bureaus have already indicated an interest in selling it.
No global Netflix content? Canadians will just steal it instead
More Canadians have opted out of traditional cable service than Americans, but if Netflix continues to block access to US and global shows viewed with proxy servers, many Canadians will turn to piracy, explains the CBC.
CanCon to get an overhaul
Last week Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced the first major overhaul of Canadian content laws in decades, to bring them in line with the digital age, by the end of 2016. Members of the public are invited to weigh in during the pre-consultation stage, which will last until May 20. (We just hope this doesn’t mean a decrease in Kim Mitchell on the radio.)
Canada: last hope for the global economy?
Quartz explores how Canada’s planned Keynesian foray into deficit spending may be a key signal to other developed economies about how to best get out of the continuing global recession and jump-start productivity.
How to enjoy the 2016 playoffs as a Canadian
We may have a year with no Canadian teams, but half the players on the American teams are Canadian, so that’s some consolation, right? Maclean’s offers an interactive chart to determine which of the remaining teams is the one you should cheer for (in case you’re not backing the streaking Sharks), based on the amount of winter the host cities experience, number of on-ice dust-ups, and more.
And from the Moose channel…
We explore one of the Bay Area’s most underutilized productivity hacks: its extensive public transit system. Our intrepid Moose reporters offer tips and tricks for getting around — without the hassle of traffic jams — from San Francisco to San Jose and everywhere in between.