With recreational marijuana now legal in Canada, officials are warning travelers: Make sure there is no cannabis in the car when you try to cross the international border — in either direction.
Canada legalized the use of marijuana across all provinces Wednesday, allowing sales for recreational use within the country. With Washington state already allowing cannabis sales, it may create some confusion for people who keep recreational amounts with them, said Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University.
Paul Meeks, veteran technology investor and professor at Western Washington University, discusses technology stocks with Mike Santoli.
We wanted to get a sense of what it’s like to live in Bellingham, and why so many people have chosen it as their hometown. That’s what Chris Powell and A.J. Barse did. After they graduated from Western Washington University, they found the place was too familiar to give up. Now they’re strong advocates for the “city of subdued excitement.”
They host the Bellingham Podcast, in which they discuss favorite restaurants and outdoor adventures in Whatcom County, among other topics, like watches and technology. KNKX producer Geoffrey Redick went on a walking tour with them through downtown.
In September, the Knight Foundation released the results of a poll about public confidence in the news media. Most adults in the survey, including 90 percent of Republicans, said they have lost trust in journalists, citing concerns over accuracy and bias. But, there was a little hope. Nearly 70 percent said that trust can be restored.
Couple this public sentiment with contracting newsrooms, and journalism can feel like a shaky career choice.
Carolyn Nielsen is working to give future journalists confidence. She’s an associate journalism professor at Western Washington University. But she’s also worked in newsrooms, including the Bellingham Herald.
Formerly director of Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland and of public art in Cambridge, Mass., Hafthor Yngvason arrived in Bellingham in 2015. Since then, he has had a measurable impact on the quality, security, protection and restoration of the 33 Minimal, Post-Minimal and Postmodern artworks in Western’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection, mostly large-scale outdoor sculptures. Considered among the top three university-based sculpture collections in the US (with MIT and the University of California – San Diego), the collection held by the Western Gallery began in 1960 with an early bronze fountain by James FitzGerald. It grew in the ensuing five decades to include works by high-ly praised American, European and Asian artists.
Sehome Hill Arboretum is right next to Western Washington University, and it’s not uncommon to see students and professors alike on morning jogs, casual walks or even taking classes.
Considered a “backyard playground” for WWU, the arboretum is a thickly forested park on Sehome Hill with sights that will definitely remind you fall is here. The arboretum also has an overlook tower, great for looking out over Bellingham Bay. You’ll sometimes run into joggers climbing the tower. Be sure to check out the tunnel too, which was hand-carved out of rock in 1923.
Outdoor Science Learning Resources, a geology class offered by WWU, helps maintain and improve the arboretum.
On Wednesday, Canada will become the largest country in the world to legalize cannabis. The move will not only drastically reshape marijuana in that country, but means that the entire West Coast — from Alaska to California — has become a marijuana marketplace where the formerly taboo drug is legal and commonplace.
Ahead of that shift, officials on both sides of the 49th Parallel are warning pot users not to get so comfortable they forget the border exists. Their message: Do not cross with cannabis.
In a report this year, the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University wrote that as legalization spreads, “there is a growing misconception in Cascadia about the legality of cannabis,” including people not realizing pot is illegal at the northern border. If that continues, the report said, it could take longer to cross the border as more agents are tied up questioning people about pot or searching vehicles.
Laurie Trautman, director of the institute, said some young adults in northern Washington may not remember a time when marijuana wasn’t at least semi-legal. (Washington first legalized medical marijuana in 1998.) “My biggest fear, really, is you have kind of a younger generation that doesn’t really know that marijuana is illegal in the United States,” Trautman said.
In one exercise last year, students in Western Washington University’s new cybersecurity program set to monitoring data on the networks of five local governments: San Juan and Stevens counties and the cities of Anacortes, Washougal and Covington. The idea was the students would track the data through sensors on those networks and report on what they’d find.
“Our worry when we first started them doing this was our students would get bored and there’d be nothing interesting to find on there,” said Dr. Erik Fretheim, who runs the program. “So far we’ve found quite a few things on there.”
Huxley alumni Brian Gouran and Elinor Hines were on stage last night with KNKX reporters discussing the Bellingham Waterfront and more. Check out the full show by clicking the link.
Canada’s anemic growth rate of capital investment—which has slowed to a 40-year low—has lagged behind growth rates in the United States and other developed countries in recent years, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
“Slowing rates of capital investment by business are particularly notable for Canada, which risks impeding economic growth and living standards,” said Steven Globerman, professor emeritus of economics at Western Washington University and co-author of Capital Investment in Canada: An International Comparison.