first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE in December 0f 2014 the City of Evansville DMD paid Warren Investments $535,000 for an empty CVS block building located on North Main Street?  …according to the audio of the December 18, 2018 meeting of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission the DMD originally bought this building for a “public parking lot?”  …that several years later Divita Dialysis leased this vacant building from the Evansville DMD for 10 years with the lease payment starting around $1,600 per month?   …the Director of the Evansville DMD stated that Divita Dialysis invested $1.5 million to renovate this building? …during the December 18, 2018 meeting the DMD Director also said “that two (2) appraisals have been done of the 800 North main street building and that were based on the income approach?  …he never mentioned what the two (2) appraised values of this newly renovated building were?  …we also find it interesting that the official minutes of this meeting is not available on the  Evansville Redevelopment Commission web page?Video Link to December 18, 2018, Redevelopment Commission Meeting and Agendas are Posted Below.  We found it interesting that the audio went off and then back on during a couple of times during the meeting. IT TRUE it’s now been reported that the Evansville DMD now wants to sell this newly renovated (at the cost of $1.5 million dollars) building and an investor offered $178,000 for it? …we have attached a link from the Vanderburgh County Assessor office concerning the sales transactions and appraisal of this building? IT TRUE Joe Wallace just posted a comment that we felt worth repeating in this section?  …Mr. Wallace said; “What is the cash flow value of $1,600 per month”?. “First, annualize it and it becomes $19,200”. “You multiply by roughly 10 in Evansville to yield a value of $192,000.”  “The investor is offering roughly what the cash flow value of the property is”. “The fact that someone or the City of Evansville paid way more than that is irrelevant.”IS IT TRUE the last time the Evansville Redevelopment Commission’s officially approved meeting minutes were last posted online was on March 6, 2018?IS IT TRUE we urge you go to the official site of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission and randomly replay the videos of several of their board meetings and you will quickly discover that the sound going on and off during the official board meetings was a common occurrence?IS IT TRUE it been reported that Indiana Firebirds-Evansville hockey team season tickets at the Ford Center went on sale last week? …we urge the ticket buyers beware since the Ford Center hasn’t posted the official home game schedule of the Firebirds on their site yet?   …we urge anyone who buys advance season tickets for Evansville Firebird hockey games on National Gridiron League ticket site please make sure there is an iron clad refund statement posted on this site just in case the 2019 season is canceled?IS IT TRUE when a CEO of a for-profit business hire someone to find and develop a new product line and this person spends two years on this project the CEO expects this venture to be successful? …when the CEO realizes that this venture isn’t going to happen he will immediately terminate the employment of his subordinate?  …but when this type of thing happens in local Government all we hear are “crickets”?IS IT TRUE if your the CEO of a multi-million dollar for-profit corporation and you hire the services of a marketing and consulting firm to make one of your facilities profitable, you expect measurable results?  …if this doesn’t happen in a reasonable time the CEO will immediately terminate their contract for non-performance?  …when this type of thing happens in local Government all we hear are “crickets”?IS IT TRUE if you are a Board member of a not-for-profit organization you are considered to be a “Steward Of The Public Trust” and you have the “Fiduciary Responsibility” to ensure that all financial transactions will meet the litmus test of an audit conducted by Federal and State governmental agencies? …we wonder if the financial decisions made by the officials of the City of Evansville, Evansville DMD, and Evansville Redevelopment Commission concerning the $535,000 purchase of the vacant CVS building would meet the litmus test of an audit conducted by Federal and State governmental agencies?IS IT TRUE last week our good friend Chuck Knoll ends his outstanding career with the Evansville Police Department?  …he has earned an outstanding reputation as a caring, fair and hardworking law enforcement officer?  …if you see Chuck please congratulate him for his hard-earned retirement and thank him for a job well done?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that it made any business sense for the Evansville DMD to originally spend $535,000 to purchase the vacant CVS building on North Main Street for a public parking lot?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.  Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Lisa Brown – Leading fearlessly (#68)

first_img 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 68 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Navigating a major crisis can be difficult, especially when it has the potential to affect both your member’s personal and financial health. On this week’s episode, I sat down with Lisa Brown, President and CEO of Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union, to learn more about how her team is rethinking member service in the face of this crisis, applying lessons learned from the last recession, and working directly with members to develop a business strategy for the next 12 – 18 months. During our discussion, Lisa talk about how her team was able to open a branch in just five days to provide drive-thru service to at-risk members in a nearby community, while also managing the stress of implementing an emergency pandemic plan. With that in mind, she also shared some of the internal mantras she uses to stay focused and make hard decisions. On her toughest days, she often likes to remind herself that “this is what separates the men from the boys.”  Additionally, Lisa and I discuss her hopes for a healthy future, overcoming the struggles of being a type A personality, and what she believes all good leaders need to learn to be successful. We also talk about her new found appreciation for free time and what she’s doing to fill that time, which may include some chickens in the near future. We wrap up our conversation with the rapid-fire portion of the episode, where we learn a little more about Lisa’s busy life outside of credit unions, her daily routines, and her definition of success. You can feel Lisa’s passion for credit unions, her community, and her family throughout the entire episode. You won’t want to miss it! Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Lisa:Lisa Brown, President and CEO of Tallahassee-Leon Federal [email protected] | LinkedIn | TwitterShow notes from this episode:Shout-out: To our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the great work Lisa and her team at Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union are doing for their members here. Curious about DE? Find out more about the National Credit Union Foundation’s signature program. Shout-out: Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL) Shout-out: Ray CremerShout-out: CUTimes Shout-out: African DE ProgramShout-out: Rachel ProssShout-out: Big Daddy Shout-out: Vacation Song mentioned: Fancy by Iggy AzaleaShout-out: Lisa’s son Shout-out: Mike AkersShout-out: Flag Credit Union Shout-out: Jim NussleShout-out: Bob TrunzoShout-out: Diane DykstraShout-out: Jill NowackiWatch the video of the TLFCU member sharing their success story. Shout-out: Gigi HylandAlbum mentioned: The Wedding Singer (Music From The Motion Picture)Book mentioned: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark MansonPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Rachel Pross, Jim Nussle, Bob Trunzo, Diane Dykstra, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Gigi HylandYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[02:20] – Lisa, welcome to the show![03:07] – Lisa shares how hard it was to open a credit union in five days in order to provide them drive-thru service to members in a near-by community.[06:12] – Did your board know about your emergency pandemic plan?[09:13] – Randy and Lisa discuss how her credit union is located in a predominately low-income area and how they are helping members during this crisis.[11:09] – Lisa says to take a step back with the stock market and look at it from a thirty thousand foot level.[13:48] – Lisa speaks about moving out all consumer loan due dates ninety days.[14:21] – Lisa shares the ways they are going to reach out to members to learn about their situations.[16:27] – Lisa discusses using the data from talking to the members to come up with a plan for the next twelve to eighteen months.[18:55] – They believe that we must realize that the recovery from this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint.[20:10] – Looking forward to a year from now, what will you be the proudest that you have accomplished?[21:27] – Lisa shares what inspired her to take the job at Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union.[24:25] – She speaks about what she does to bring her attention back when she loses focus.[27:48] – Lisa believes that to be a good leader, you need to be true to yourself.[29:56] – She shares how she learned to make difficult decisions.[32:27] – Do you have a piece of advice or a life lesson that you still use today?[35:53] – Lisa talks about what she does when she has a day off and how she recharges.[37:48] – Lisa shares that she wanted a job where she could wear high heels.[39:14] – Do you have any daily routines that if you don’t do your day feels off?[40:45] – What’s the best album of all time?[42:13] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[43:30] – Lisa believes that time with family and simplifying her life has become more important, and the opinion of the masses has become less important.[45:12] – When you hear the word success, who is the first person that comes to mind?[47:43] – Lisa shares her final thoughts with us.[51:37] – Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to talk with us.last_img read more

Salah sends Egypt into Cup of Nations last 16

first_imgHaving created the opener with his vicious right-wing cross, Salah then stung the palms of Ley Matampi with a powerful 25-yard free-kick.Egypt would be rescued by the woodwork once more though when a deep cross was nodded back across goal by Bokadi Bope and Jonathan Bolingi’s looping header bounced back off the bar.With his side riding their luck, Salah rose to the occasion and settled Egyptian nerves two minutes before half-time with a typically brilliant finish.Played into space down the right by Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Salah skipped inside Tisserand and ripped a crisp low drive inside Matampi’s near post to cue a volcanic eruption from the masses of delirious Egyptian supporters.Mohamed El Shenawy produced an excellent sprawling second-half save to claw out a Jacques Maghoma header, but despite an improvement on a horror first outing, DR Congo now know they must beat Zimbabwe in their final game in order to possibly advance as one of the four best third-place finishers.“The feelings are mixed when you play such a match. Unfortunately we lost so the feeling is one of hurt, particularly for my players. They gave a lot and fought hard but didn’t get the result,” said DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge, whose side fell 2-0 to Uganda in their opening match.“We’ve got one match left against Zimbabwe and we can hope for third place. We’re going to fight until the end.”Share on: WhatsApp Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Egypt and DR Congo at the Cairo International StadiumCairo, Egypt | AFP |  Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium.Record seven-time champions Egypt rode their luck at times as DR Congo twice struck the crossbar in the first half but the Group A leaders held firm to join Nigeria as the first teams through to the knockout phase.Egypt overcame the distraction of Amr Warda being banished from the squad earlier in the day over mounting sexual harassment allegations. The claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms. Multiple women posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments.“I think the team is strong and the squad is strong but we are not happy to lose a member of our family,” said coach Javier Aguirre. “The team focused more on our match and played the 90 minutes in a serious manner. I don’t think the Egyptian team will be affected by the absence of anyone.”Mexican Aguirre fielded the same side that defeated Zimbabwe 1-0, with centre-back Ahmed Hegazy sporting a mask after breaking his nose in the opening game of the tournament.Salah was guilty of missing a hatful of chances in the curtain-raiser and this season’s Premier League joint top scorer again threatened inside five minutes here when an interception broke his way only for the Egyptian to skew wide under pressure.After four days of small crowds, another capacity 75,000 crowd turned out to cheer on the hosts in the capital, but they were nearly silenced when Marcel Tisserand slammed against the bar at a corner.– Salah takes over –DR Congo came to Egypt as one of the most unpredictable qualifiers having finished third in 2015 only to make a timid quarter-final exit two years ago, and they fell behind for the second straight game as Elmohamady forced home after the ball fell kindly to him following an aerial challenge with Christian Luyindama.last_img read more


first_imgPrevious winners of the award are Churchill Downs (1997), Turfway Park (1998), Penn National (1999), Santa Anita Park (2000-01, 2015), Hollywood Park (2002), Keeneland (2003, 2008-9, 2011-4), Los Alamitos (2007), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (2005), and Woodbine Entertainment Group (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2012). The judges cited Santa Anita’s readable display which makes the most of available screen space without resorting to flashy or jittery moving elements, along with a smooth, unobtrusive scrolling tempo. One judge said: “Their graphics package is clear, bright and easy to read…the best graphics package in North America in my view”, while another noted that the post-race screen is great for including everything – order of finish, fractions and payouts. Shiva Scanlon is the Pegasus Production Manager at Santa Anita, while Amy Zimmerman, Santa Anita’s VP-Business Coordination & Director of Broadcasting, has been the Executive Producer of all four of the track’s Simulcast Award-winning entries. NEW ORLEANS, LA– Santa Anita Park was declared the winner of this year’s Simulcast Award at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference in New Orleans, La.  The venerable Southern California track previously won the award in 2000, 2001 and 2015. The 10 track entries were the actual simulcast audio and video transmission of a single race sent to wagering outlets. Each entry included the pre-race features, odds, will-pays, commentaries, the actual running of the race, the results, and post-race features. The Simulcast Award, sponsored by American Teletimer Corp. and ONTrack Media and Entertainment, honors excellence in the presentation of a racetrack’s live race product to its simulcast outlets.  A panel of five judges selected the winner as best among the 10 North American and international racetracks entered for consideration. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the fourth time,” said Keith Brackpool, Chairman of Santa Anita Park.  “The landscape of producing a simulcast signal is an ever evolving one and we strive to be on the leading edge.  We are very proud to win in consecutive years as we are constantly seeking to improve our signal for our customers by adding camera angles and fine-tuning the graphic look.  We also thank our production company, Pegasus Communications, for their partnership in producing Santa Anita’s simulcast signal.” The International Simulcast Conference is hosted by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America. The winner had noteworthy competition in this very close race from Keeneland and Addington Raceway in New Zealand, with Del Mar, Saratoga and Woodbine also receiving votes. Each received first, second or third-place votes on several ballots.last_img read more

Joe Pavelski’s injury raises concerns for Sharks as playoffs loom

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Enter Evander Kane. Exit Joe Pavelski.After making due without Kane and Erik Karlsson for seven games, the Sharks will now need to figure out a way to make ends meet without a two-time Norris Trophy winner and their captain. Joe Pavelski missed just his second game in eight years on Monday, sitting out the Sharks game against the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center with a lower-body injury.Pavelski appeared …last_img read more

Clutch Fonacier shoots NLEX past San Miguel

first_imgYap, Rain or Shine finally beat Star “Larry is vintage from eight years ago. He’s playing well for us, not only the leadership but also the scoring,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.Fonacier unleashed eight of his 16 points in the fourth period as he went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, on top of four rebounds and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAaron Fuller led NLEX with 26 markers, 22 boards, two steals, and two blocks, while JR Quiñahan got 17 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist — that being the tip that led to Fonacier’s backbreaking three-pointer.“It’s so hard to believe that we beat San Miguel in a tight game. We are developing some maturity and composure in the end game and it’s a good sign for us,” he said. “The more important thing is we got our sixth win which, in our calculation, makes us clinch a spot the quarterfinals.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Larry Fonacier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLarry Fonacier drilled the two clutch 3-pointers in the last two minutes to help NLEX escape Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, 103-100, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The veteran marksman drained the go-ahead triple with 1:46 to play and followed it up with another three from the top of the key to put the Road Warriors up, 101-97, with 23.9 left.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX 103 – Fuller 26, Quiñahan 17, Fonacier 16, Mallari 10, Tiongson 8, Alas 7, Soyud 7, Baguio 5, J. Villanueva 3, Lastimosa 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Taulava 0.SAN MIGUEL 100 – McKines 28, Lassiter 19, Santos 19, Cabagnot 19, Fajardo 6, Ross 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Espinas 2, Heruela 1, Tubid 0.Quarters: 25-24, 48-39, 68-70, 103-100. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Facing a four-point lead in the final minute, Alex Cabagnot didn’t want the game to slip away from San Miguel, banging a corner three in the last five seconds of the game.The window remained open for the Beermen after Alex Mallari muffed his freebies, but Fonacier and Fuller stifled Cabagnot’s last-second jumper to preserve the victory.Wendell McKines topped San Miguel with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists, while Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Arwind Santos all had 19 markers apiece in the loss.NLEX broke the game open early, 25-10, but San Miguel kept coming back before the Road Warriors finally took the driver’s seat late in the third quarter, 70-68, setting up the nip-and-tuck battle to the finish.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next View commentslast_img read more

ANZ Stadium to stage World Masters Games Opening Ceremony

first_imgMinister for Tourism Jodi McKay today announced that Sydney Olympic Park’s ANZ Stadium will stage the Opening Ceremony of the world’s largest multi-sport event, the 2009 Sydney World Masters Games, on Sunday 11 October.Ms McKay said the Opening Ceremony will feature the largest athlete’s parade on earth, with an estimated 25,000 competitors from more than 100 countries to follow in the footsteps of Sydney 2000 Olympic athletes.”The Masters Games will be a great event for Sydney and NSW and an Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium is a fitting way to kick-off festivities,” Ms McKay said.”The Games are expected to contribute close to $50 million to the NSW economy and provide another opportunity to showcase Sydney and our world-class sporting venues.”Games organisers have appointed Out There Productions, the creative producers for World Youth Day 2008’s Papal Arrival at Barangaroo, Evening Vigil and Final Mass at Randwick Racecourse, to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games.”The Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium will celebrate Australian culture, Masters sport and, most importantly of all, the competitors themselves,” said Ceremonies Director Andy Lopez.Award-winning Australian producer Dein Perry and leading Australian creative director Rhoda Roberts will also be in charge of directing segments of the ANZ Stadium celebration.Ms McKay said the Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event and the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games has already received 7,900 competitor registrations.”Everyone is invited to participate in the Sydney Masters Games irrespective of how old or how competitive you are.”The Games provide a unique opportunity to have an Olympic-style experience, from marching in the Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium to competing at other outstanding Olympic venues during competition.”Other key events on the Games social calendar include the Closing Ceremony in Darling Harbour (Sunday 18 October), a special performance of the Mikado by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House (Monday 12 October) and the Masters Gala Ball at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (Thursday 15 October).Highlights of the Games social programOpening Ceremony: ANZ Stadium (11 October)Closing Ceremony: Darling Harbour (18 October)Masters Gala Ball: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (15 October)Opera Australia “The Mikado”: Sydney Opera House (12 October)Sydney Olympic Park Club House: Brewery Bar (10-17 October)Health & Lifestyle Expo: The Dome (7-11 October)People wanting to find out more about the social calendar of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games can visit .To enter the Games people need to meet their sport’s minimum age, which ranges between 25 and 35 years. Registrations close on 31 July.Related Filesanz_stadium_to_stage_opening_ceremony-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utd

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe says he has no interest in reports linking him with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The Bournemouth manager is well regarded due to his work with the south coast club.He has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, should their current manager Mauricio Pochettino join Manchester United at the end of the season.”It’s not for me to comment on speculation,” he said when asked if Pochettino was a good fit for United.”I’ve got no interest. My focus is on Brighton.”Asked if he saw himself staying at Bournemouth in the long term, Howe replied: “Hopefully. I’m as committed as I’ve always been to the job, trying to make the team better, trying to make the club grow.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

12 days agoSteve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man City

first_imgSteve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man Cityby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves legend Steve Bull says they were deserved winners at Manchester City last week.He wrote for the Express & Star: “A lot has been said about City’s shortcomings on the day by pundits.”But that was not the story. The story was how good Wolves were against Pep Guardiola’s side.”Wolves set up to stop City from playing – to harass them – and they carried out the plan flawlessly.”It is amazing what a week can do in football, isn’t it?”It can knock you down or have you on cloud nine, and, thankfully, we have had the latter after Wolves’ wins at Besiktas and City.”We are playing at the tempo that was there so often last season again.”We didn’t have many chances against Besiktas, but the never-say-die attitude shone through.”Then at City, we were thinking it was the toughest fixture we could’ve asked for, but the lads went there in a positive frame of mind and got exactly what they deserved. To a man, they were fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Very curious slightly confused rapper Classified tests limits of cannabis support

first_imgTORONTO – Nova Scotia rapper Classified has been a proponent of smoking marijuana for years, but he says Canada’s new legalization laws have left him confused over the ways he’s allowed to promote the cannabis lifestyle.He knows it’s within his rights to express his love for weed. And he’s allowed to talk publicly about buying shares of OrganiGram, an East Coast cannabis company he struck a loose business relationship with earlier this year.After that it gets a bit hazy, since most celebrity endorsements of a brand are prohibited under the Cannabis Act.“I was emailing OrganiGram going, ‘you guys know I’m actually an investor so we can probably get away with advertising more.’ I’m kind of curious to see what they’re going to come back and say,” he says, sporting a baseball cap emblazoned with a logo for the company’s first recreational weed brand.“They’re so careful not to cross that line. Almost to the point where I’m barely doing anything. I’ll bring them ideas and they’re like, ‘No we can’t do that.’”“I don’t even know what they’re paying me for. Like I’m wearing a hat, I’m trying,” he adds.Classified, whose real name is Luke Boyd, has been at the forefront of Canadian hip hop for over a decade, making him a valuable asset for young cannabis companies looking for prominent pot smokers. He’s worked with Buck 65, produced singer Ria Mae and swapped rhymes on a track with weed aficionado Snoop Dogg.The rapper also seems eager to test the boundaries of the new federal laws. His latest music video might even do that once Health Canada catches a whiff of it.“Legal Marijuana,” released Wednesday to coincide with legalization, features Classified standing with dozens of people in a public park as they rap along with his verses and every so often toke up and exhale a puff of smoke.That part of the video should be fine under the law.What might raise legal questions is a line he speaks that could be deemed an endorsement of a cannabis brand. The moment happens late in the video after Boyd adjusts his baseball cap and draws attention to the logo for Edison Cannabis Company, which is part of OrganiGram’s recreational pot portfolio.“Feelin’ just right, rollin’ up some of that Edison Reserve. Oh Canada, things have changed,” he says.The line doesn’t appear in the version of the song featured on his album “Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.”If Health Canada views the rapper saying a specific cannabis brand has him “feelin’ just right,” it’s possible the regulator might see it as crossing the line as an endorsement, suggests Denes Rothschild, a lawyer who watches the cannabis industry.“If he has some sort of business arrangement with them and they’re paying him as an endorser… I think it raises a question,” says Rothschild, a partner at the Borden Ladner Gervais law firm in Toronto.“(The laws) are being interpreted and a lot of it is going to come down to where the government chooses to draw the line.”In an emailed statement, Organigram said it “was not involved in the production of Classified’s video.”“We remain committed to ensuring our brands and marketing practices are compliant with Health Canada’s regulations,” said Ray Gracewood, Organigram’s chief commercial officer.Representatives for Heath Canada didn’t immediately respond to questions about how music videos will be considered under the new laws.In the meantime, Boyd is willing to open the floodgates to potential business opportunities. After investing roughly $20,000 into shares of cannabis companies, he says he’s pleased with the upwards trend in their market value.“I’m not a big stock guy at all, I don’t take chances with my money,” he says.“But I’m making more on stock than I am on touring, probably.”Boyd’s perspective on legalization is tempered by a sense of caution over widespread acceptance. He worries about the “negative” side of weed, especially with parents who smoke inside the house while their children are present.“Hopefully people will be smart and realize it’s not good to just sit here and blow smoke in kids’ lungs and let them grow up with this type of lifestyle every day,” he says.At his family home in Enfield, N.S., just outside Halifax, he says it’s a rule that nobody smokes around his three pre-teen daughters. He typically lights up inside his recording studio.“I put in a different ventilation system so I can smoke, so it’s not going through my house every day,” he says.“But at the same time my oldest knows I use it sometimes and it’s no different to her than like, ‘Oh mommy’s having a glass a wine.’ OK, well daddy’s out there doing his thing.”In many ways, the rapper says legalization makes hardly any difference for him or his friends.“They smoke it like it’s been legal for years,” he says. “I think most people have.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more