Posts Tagged ‘weed’

Locoweed is Well Named

October 15, 2008

Okay, that’s simply one of it’s street names, along with Stinkweed, Jimson Weed, Devil’s Apple, and Thornapple. But it’s probably the best common descriptor for Datura stramonium.

According to the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, the plant “is a member of the nightshade family and is a common weed growing along roadways and in pastures in southern Canada and the United States. Most troublingly, it says that it’s used (usually by teenagers) for “hallucinogenic and euphoric effect” and “Jimson weed parties are becoming more common” despite the fact that it “can cause acute anticholinergic poisoning and death in humans and animals.” 01

In 2000 it was “linked to at least one death in the Niagara Region” where it grows naturally. In 2003 “a 13-year-old boy landed in the intensive care unit after eating the plant.” In 2005 “a Simcoe boy went into a coma and was airlifted to Sick Kids hospital in Toronto” after ingesting it. In 2006 “four Hamilton teens were sent to hospital after smoking jimson-laced cigarettes during their lunch break at school.” In 2007 “three males, ages 14 to 17, were found in an incoherent and unresponsive state” after eating it’s seeds. 02

Today’s paper reports it’s use by local youth as well. “On Saturday, a 16-year-old girl was found incoherent on Commissioners Road … several others youths have been treated after ingesting the seeds during recent weeks.” 03

Sources:
01. Teenagers with Jimson Weed Poisoning
02. 3 Teens Poisoned…
03. Jimson weed seed dangerous if ingested

Stepping on Cannabis, Worse than Doggy Doo

February 8, 2008

If you have any plans to visit or simply pass through the UAE, you might want to rethink them.

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Obstructive Landscaping

November 14, 2007

I still say that London deserves to have a Pedestrian Committee. Can you imagine if a tree fell across Commissioners Road, obstructing the automobile traffic, and wasn’t removed within an hour? Our City Council purports to appreciate other modes of transportation, but continues to treat them as poor cousins to the automobile.

From: Gregory Fowler
To: Heather Lysynski; Harold Usher
Cc: Roger Caranci
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1:00 AM
Subject: Regulation of Obstructive Landscaping
Chair and Members
Environment & Transportation Committee

November 14, 2007

Overgrown trees, shrubs, and other plants do effectively reduce the width of the sidewalk and impede/obstruct pedestrian traffic and may cause physical injury (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/waiting-patiently/, see also: http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713012.jpg, http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713016.jpg).

In the past, I have attempted to resolve observed problems of this kind by seeking the assistance of the ward Councillor. However, given the reduction of the number of ward Councillors from 2 to 1, and the increased incidence of non-response to communications, I no longer believe that this informal approach is workable (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/08/18/anybody-seen-this-missing-councillor/).

Might I be informed about what regulation, if any, exists with respect to maintenance of landscaping along the pedestrian right-of-way (sidewalks, walkways, etc), the specific staff member to whom reports of pedestrian obstructions should be addressed, and any background or other information you may feel is appropriate in this regard?

Respectfully,

Mr. Greg Fowler
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7

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