Catch da Flava Radio - Cannabis

For our February 20th edition of Catch da Flava Youth Radio host Travis talked to our panel discussion about cannabis and the ever changing social, cultural, and legal perspective on cannabis. In discussing the issue, we address how Canada is nearing to changing the laws around cannabis and how we feel that change will affect Canadian culture. We asked questions such as how legalization can affect issues around drunk/high driving, regulation of dosages amd quality, and drug-related crimes. Most of the panel discussion agreed that legalization may reduce drug-related crimes and make marijuana use much safer without unclear methods of growing and cross-breeding from “dealers”. Guest panel Erika shared that when addressing her anxiety with doctors, her doctor suggested she use marijuana which is medical grade so doesn’t make patients “high” per se, only calm.

Other discussions surrounding issues of how marijuana can actually be beneficial for some extreme conditions that help patients become calmer, more control in their bodies. There is proven scientific evidence and medical research that suggests different strains of marijuana and regulated doses can help alleviate the symptoms of trauma, depression, and anxiety among other physical ailments. Canada is said to be the first industrialized country to completely legalize marijuana, so with that comes great responsibility and a lot of controversy. Especially for youth whom may be exploring recreational drug use, it may open a Pandora’s Box of issues related to how this affects our society.

We’d like to thank our panelists Beverly, Erika, and Judy for being on air with us to talk about their opinion of legalizing marijuana.

For this edition of Health Talks Radio, we discussed how the new budget in Toronto affects the way in which we spend, and how issues of money directly affects our stress level as students and youth learning to manage their money may have issues navigating budgets both by themselves and the effects of the city navigating theirs. The new budget will see more money invested to expand the subway line, Beyond keeping taxes low, this budget freezes all TTC fares this year and invests in the Fair Fare Pass for low-income residents so transit remains affordable and accessible for everyone.

That's why the 2018 budget invests in creating the Hop On-Hop Off transfer. This two-hour transfer will allow people on transit the flexibility to run errands or make stops along their way to work, school, or home for the cost of one fare. The budget freezes all TTC fares this year and invests in the Fair Fare Pass for low-income residents so transit remains affordable and accessible. It will also create the “Hop On- Hop Off” transfer allowing two hour transfer between transit to allow people to run errands and not have to pay extra fare. All panelists agreed that this would be an extreme stress reliever for them, having to not think too much about the cost of public transit. The only issue they have is issues of parking which the budget does not address in creating more accessible parking options.

Another exciting aspect for youth and students is the recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program that makes student loans exponentially lowered. Changes in the 2017-2018 plan are eligible students whose parents earn $50,000 or less in annual income will receive enough OSAP grants to cover average tuition. Fifty per cent of students from families with incomes of $83,300 or less will get non-repayable grants that more than cover the average cost of tuition. No eligible student will receive less aid than they are eligible for now under the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant, and weekly loan limits will increase for all students and continue to be indexed annually to inflation. With these changes, students feel very relieved to the changes. For Erika who went to university before the changes and is currently in college, she’s shared that her school year was free thanks to a great deal of grants she received from OSAP.

We’d like to thank our guest panelists Beverly, Erika, and Judy for sharing their thoughts on how the new budget affects their stress levels, and how they feel about the changes.

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