Cannabis use ex­plored

The Delhi News-Record - - SPORTS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON

Cannabis use has been le­gal in Canada for sev­eral weeks now, and with that in mind, the Nor­folk County Pub­lic Li­brary’s Sim­coe branch held an in­for­ma­tion fo­rum on Tues­day evening.

The panel dis­cus­sion in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the HaldimandNor­folk Health Unit, Mar­i­cann Canada, and the Nor­folk Plan­ning De­part­ment as well as Mayor Char­lie Luke.

“We are try­ing to keep up with the times,” said Bev­er­ley Slater, NCPL pro­gram­ming and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager. “We are also field­ing a lot of ques­tions from pa­trons look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on the new cannabis leg­is­la­tion and what it means for their com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses so we felt we had an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide an in­for­ma­tion fo­rum.”

Mean­while, the Nor­folk County Pub­lic Li­brary is invit­ing fam­i­lies to show their pride in res­i­dents who have served their county and coun­try.

Re­cently, the ‘Col­lage of Courage’ was an­nounced as part of the li­brary’s an­nual One Novel, One Nor­folk pro­gram.

One Novel, One Nor­folk en­cour­ages all county res­i­dents to read the same book in that given year, and in 2018 that book is ‘The Last 100 Days’. The book is a com­pi­la­tion of let­ters sent home by Nor­folk sol­diers dur­ing the last 100 days of the First World War.

“We were look­ing for a se­ries of events to run to help in­crease pub­lic­ity about this book and also to just keep ev­ery­one’s mind fo­cused on the fact that 100 years ago there were very sig­nif­i­cant things hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity,” said Slater.

Dur­ing the pro­gram, the NCPL is en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies in Nor­folk to bring in pho­tos of their rel­a­tives who served in any bat­tle from 1867 to the present day. Those men and women could be en­listed in any ca­pac­ity - marines, armed forces, ter­ri­to­rial sup­port groups, nurs­ing corps, etc.

The pho­tos will be dis­played at each in­di­vid­ual branch be­fore be­ing added into one large col­lage “to re­mem­ber ev­ery­one who has been fight­ing for our free­dom in any ca­pac­ity,” Slater said.

The pro­ject won’t sim­ply hon­our those who fought for the free­dom we cur­rently en­joy but en­sure that all gen­er­a­tions re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices made by those brave men and women.

“We do need to keep this his­tory alive,” said Slater. “It’s easy as time goes by to fo­cus on more cur­rent events rather than the past, but our coun­try as it is wouldn’t ex­ist with­out the past. Many his­to­ri­ans feel the First World War was what de­fined Canada as a coun­try ... there were many changes that came to our coun­try and our county be­cause of the sac­ri­fices that were made in the First World War. Rather than for­get, we want to be a voice that helps re­mem­ber.”

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