Jake Bleiberg



American reporter working for VICE News Canada
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Canadian Weed Dispensaries Make Millions - But They Can't Get a Bank Account | VICE News

To make payroll each month, Dori Dempster used to have to carry cash to the bank in $10,000 chunks. And that, she said, was before the credit union where her medical marijuana dispensary banked abruptly closed its account. Since it opened in Vancouver in 2008, The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary has had cash flow that many small businesses would envy.

Tigers Are Making a Comeback for the First Time in a Century | VICE News

Tigers are clawing closer to a comeback. After being pushed to the brink of extinction in the wild by a century of hunting and habitat destruction, roughly 3,890 of the world's largest cats are now spread across 13 countries in Asia, according to data compiled by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Newark, New Jersey School Officials Admit to Dangerous Levels of Lead Since at Least 2012 | VICE...

Dangerous levels of lead have contaminated the drinking water of school children in Newark, New Jersey since at least 2012, school officials have announced. Last week, the 35,054-student school district shut off fountains and shipped bottled water into nearly half its schools after annual testing found that 10 percent of water samples contained lead above the legal "action level" set by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The Water in Nearly Half of Newark, New Jersey's Public Schools Is Contaminated With Lead | VICE...

Lead has been detected in the drinking water of thirty schools in New Jersey's largest city, state and city officials announced Wednesday. Throughout Newark, school water fountains have been shut off and notices not to drink tap water posted after annual testing by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) found elevated levels of the toxic metal in 30 of the city's 66 public schools.

Obama's Not Really Waging a War on Coal - But China Is | VICE News

Roughly 1.3 million Chinese workers will climb out of mines in the coming years and file out of coal-fired power plants for the last time. Some 500,000 colleagues, laid off from the steel sector, will join them. Together this mass will face the uncertainty of China's shifting economy and effort to turn towards cleaner energy.

Canada's Marijuana Gray Market Boom Isn't Going Anywhere | VICE News

Don Briere was once convicted and sent to prison for running British Columbia's largest network of marijuana grow ops. So on Wednesday, when a Canadian judge ruled that the ban on growing medicinal marijuana at home was unconstitutional, Briere was elated.

The US Said India's Solar Power Plan Discriminates Against American Companies - And the WTO...

At the behest of Uncle Sam, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has spiked parts of a plan to spread solar energy across India - where more than 300 million people lack electricity. Yesterday, a WTO arbitration panel sided with the United States, which in 2013 complained that India's massive initiative to develop solar power discriminates against American business.

It's Been 30 Centuries Since Sea Levels Were Rising This Quickly | VICE News

VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here . New research suggests that the world's oceans rose faster in the last 100 years than they did in nearly all of the preceding 3,000. Between 1900 and 2000 seas swelled an average of 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) worldwide - a rate unprecedented in history.

Air Pollution Kills 5.5 Million People a Year - Over Half of Them in China, India | VICE News

Air pollution caused more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013, with more than half of those occurring in China and India, according to a new study, and pollution mortalities are expected to continue rising. Researchers found that poor air quality in China and India - the world's fastest growing economies - killed 1.6 million and 1.4 million people in those nations, respectively.

Here's How Police in Canada Are Becoming More Militarized | VICE News

The C8 Carbine is advertised as having "been battle proven in harsh combat environments ... for over 25 years," but, according to the Toronto police, the weapon's lightness and accuracy also makes it well-suited for Canada's urban environments. Plus, it can pierce body armor.

From 'Raving Maniacs' to the 'Prince of Pot': A History of Weed in Canada | VICE News

British Columbia may be known for its bud now, but Canada has had a complicated relationship with marijuana over the years. A synopsis: 1922 Emily Murphy, an iconic early feminist and Canada's first female judge, published "The Black Candle," a 400-page screed against drug use and the threat of the "black and yellow races."

Liberals and NDP Wage Bitter Battles to Unseat Each Other's Leader in Montreal | VICE News

On Thursday night, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made a surprise appearance at a campaign event in a hip, nameless bar in the heart of a Montreal riding that has been enemy territory for nearly a decade. Leafy Outremont is Thomas Mulcair country, but the NDP leader was 300 miles north on this particular night, campaigning against the Conservatives in the Sagneau region of Quebec.

Here's Why Polar Bears' Summer Just Got a Bit Worse | VICE News

The area of frozen ocean that caps the North Pole was smaller this past month than during any January on record. Measurements released last week by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) showed Arctic sea ice at the lowest level since satellite record keeping began in 1979 - roughly 35,000 square miles smaller than 2011's record low and over 400,000 square miles smaller than the historic average.

There's a Fight Brewing Over a Really Important Forest in Canada | VICE News

As oil prices continue to drop towards an uncertain bottom, tensions between environmentalist and industry are mounting around another natural resource: Canada's forests. A long brewing dispute over the largest undisturbed boreal forest on earth, nearly 2-million square miles of pines and firs stretched across northern Canada, began to heat up this week when 13 American environmental advocacy groups wrote the governments of Ontario and Quebec urging them to support new conservation efforts.

'It Galvanized a Generation:' These Women Were Slaughtered in Montreal Because One Man Hated...

Pillars of light stood on Sunday night amidst the Montreal skyline as a young girl's voice pierced the silence. "Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward," she read to a vigil assembled in Mount Royal Parc to remember the women murdered in 1989 at the École Polytechnique, in what has come to be known as the Montreal Massacre.

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Writings Published in Quebec | VICE News

Raif Badawi's children miss him. It's been several years since they were separated from the Saudi blogger, whose imprisonment and punishment of 1,000 lashes has made headlines around the world, and Najwa, 11, Tirad, 10, and Myriam, 7 are adjusting to life as refugees in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Fresh Calls for Inquiry Into Allegations Canada Was Complicit in Torture of Afghan Prisoners |...

Six years ago a senior diplomat's allegation that Canada was complicit in the torture of Afghan prisoners embroiled the country in a national controversy that nearly toppled the Conservative government. Now, in the lead up to a federal election, a new report renews calls for a judicial inquiry into the explosive affair, arguing that "unanswered questions" remain in this murky chapter of Canada's history.

Mulcair Against Energy East, But Not

Thomas Mulcair shocked politicos recently by sharpening the NDP's stance on a tender political issue, telling a Quebec-based news magazine in clear, unambiguous terms that he opposes the Energy East pipeline. Except he didn't.

In the Race to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Smokers May Be Forgotten | VICE | Canada

Photo via Flickr user TBEC Review Ray Yeates always assumed he would die a smoker. An adherent of Alcoholics Anonymous with over 35 years hard-fought sobriety, the 66-year-old says that when he found out that Bill W., one of AA's founders, had continued to smoke through emphysema and dependence on an oxygen tank, he became certain that his life would end the same way.

The Montreal Gazette
Opinion: The ban on publishing teen's well known name should not be enforced

The publication ban on the name of the Nova Scotia teenager who hanged herself after images of her alleged sexual assault were widely circulated is absurd and contrary to the public good. Her name needs to be heard, and the Crown should categorically forgo prosecuting those who use it.

Montreal Journalists Can't Count

Last Thursday, more than 2,000 and fewer than 76,000 people marched through the streets of Montreal to protest austerity-and that's as accurate as news reports on the demonstration allow us to be. Media descriptions of the size of the April 2 march by students, trade unionists, professors and others include "a large throng," "thousands," "several thousand," "tens of thousands," "30 thousand," "75 thousand" and more.

Montclair State adopts SAT/ACT-optional admissions

Beginning in 2015, applicants to Montclair State University need not stress over their standardized test scores. Last Monday, July 29, the university announced that it will become one of the more than 800 schools nationwide to make submitting SAT and ACT scores optional for undergraduate applicants.

The Main

While biking home last night, I was doored. Moments before I would have ridden past a parked car, its front passenger-side door was opened and, with no time to react, I was caught a glancing blow in the leg. The force of my moving body hitting the car door spun me forward, my bike twisting ...

Teacher denies radicalizing Canadian teens headed to Syria

A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalized Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had only brief contact with one of the six students.

Montclair officials react to new high school graduation requirements

Acting state Education Commissioner David Hespe wants to be clear: passing a PARCC test is not a high school graduation requirement, at least through 2018. But earning a satisfactory score on one of the new Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests is among the possible options, announced on Oct.

PARCC testing in Montclair

For the first time, in the spring of 2015, students in the Montclair School District will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests.

Montclair Civil Rights Commision discusses education concerns

"It's amazing to hear that the things that were wrong with the school system when my daughters were in school are still wrong," said Montclair author Valerie Wesley during a Montclair Civil Rights Commission's meeting. Wesley's older daughter is 40.

Montclair school's technology upgrades leave chalkboards in the dust

"A lot of schools were running on Chalk 2.0," joked Barry Haines, the new technology director for the Montclair School District. While this was said in jest, it captures the serious technology deficiencies that have existed in Montclair schools - deficiencies the district has been working to remedy.

Unclear future for Montclair Women's Club

In spring of 2015, the Montclair Women's Club will celebrate its centennial. By spring 2016, the club may no longer exist. During a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, Montclair Women's Club President Laurie Waite-Fellner announced to a gathering of 14 members that financial troubles may force the organization to sell its historic home at 82 Union St.

Montclair stirred up over night football

A lesson learned: If you have a football game that goes late into the evening, you can expect the next Board of Education meeting to go even later. The board meeting this past Monday, Oct. 6, saw district officials reporting on how to foster high expectations in Montclair schools, the results of the "district climate survey," and the measures taken to safeguard student data.

Repairs and delays on Montclair-Boonton Line

Travelers on NJ Transit's Montclair-Boonton Line should anticipate fewer and slower trains in the wake of Tuesday night's derailment. NJ Transit has announced that the derailment, which occurred between the Walnut and Bay Street stations around 6:30 p.m., was caused by the failure of two of the concrete ties which serve to secure the rails.

Montclair parents voice concerns at achievement gap meeting

Where problems of race and economics become entangled, you will find a knot of Gordian difficulty. The members of the Achievement Gap Advisory Panel, the volunteer group set to examine these issues, are clear that there is no fast way to slice through the tangle of racial and socio-economic inequalities that have long existed in Montclair's public schools.

The Montreal Gazette
Two worlds meet at Montreal's Place Émilie-Gamelin

Jake Bleiberg Special to The Gazette MONTREAL - At the intersection of Berri St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd., nestled between the Bibliothèque nationale, the bus terminal and the Université du Québec à Montréal campus, is a square where two worlds converge.

The Montreal Gazette
A New Kind of Game Show

The urge to take a break from daily life and become someone dif- ferent — someone exciting — is one to which we can all relate. It is this longing, combined with the comedy of plastic weaponry and mock com- bat, that is at the heart of the upcom- ing made-in-Montreal web show LARPs: The Series, which premières Monday at larpstheseries.com.

Train derails in Montclair

Editor's Note: An earlier draft of this story misstated that the derailment occurred on Wednesday evening when it, in fact, occurred on Tuesday evening. A commuter-laden NJ Transit train derailed yards from the Pine Street crossing in Montclair around 6:20 Tuesday evening.

Contract confusion creates debt in Montclair school district

239,700 is a lot of money to owe, and to overlook. This sum was recently discovered to be owed to the Montclair School District by the Montclair Education Association, the union that represents most of the district's employees.

The Montreal Gazette
Montreal square commemorates nun who devoted her life to the homeless

As the Quartier des spectacles attracts vibrant crowds during the summer festival season, this storied city square has become part of the scene without... Jake Bleiberg Special to The Gazette MONTREAL - Place Émilie-Gamelin bears the name of the nun who, in the 1840s, founded the Sisters of Providence and established the Asile de la Providence - a building that the sisters operated as a combination convent, orphanage, and soup kitchen - on the site.

The Montreal Gazette
'I feel...' Hardly Justifies Bill 60

It has become obvious that a great deal of support for Bill 60 is also energized by fear, intolerance and a false belief that there is such a thing as a right not to feel uncomfortable.

The Montreal Gazette
Montreal Mountain Bikers Seek Happier Trails

It’s an annual rite of spring for mountain bikers keen to put rubber on dirt after the long winter: riding the illegal trails in the woods of Mount Royal.

Montclair administrators address concerns with Common Core

"Every student doesn't have to be served pink cupcakes," said the chief academic officer of the Montclair School District, Gail Clarke. The cupcakes are meant explain how the Common Core State Standards affects teachers, a relationship that advocates against education reform have criticized as being overly prescriptive.

The Montreal Gazette
The chill on Prince-Arthur St. E.

MONTREAL - When was the last time you ate out or went to a bar on Prince-Arthur St.? Prince-Arthur St. E., that is, the cobbled stretch between St-Laurent Blvd. and Carré St-Louis. Think about it for a minute. If you're like most Montrealers, it has been a while.