World Recreational cannabis officially became legal across Canada on Wednesday, a long-awaited fulfillment of a 2015 campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the outcome of a summer decision by parliament. With legalization, however, Canada has focused attention on the vastly different position of the federal government south of the border in the United States. Leading up to October 17, Canadians were warned by legal experts and officials that despite numerous U.S. states legalizing marijuana, the plant remains classified as an illegal schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law. This means that Canadian marijuana investors, workers in the budding industry and even casual users could face difficulties, and potentially even lifetime bans, when entering the U.S. As a result, top Canadian and U.S. officials have met on several occasions to discuss the implementation of legal weed policies, Richard Walker, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, told Newsweek. Cannabis … [Read more...] about Legal Weed Has Arrived In Canada but Will the U.S. Target Investors Crossing the Border?
World International Affairs With Canada set to officially legalize recreational marijuana this month, the nation’s cannabis industry is seeing soaring stock prices, leaving U.S. producer concerned. Although recreational pot has been legalized in nine U.S. states and the nation’s capital, as well as for medical use in more than 30 states, it remains classified as an illegal schedule 1 drug under federal law, meaning that it has "no medical value and high potential for abuse," according to Vox. This reality presents significant challenges for U.S. producers when they seek to grow their businesses. “The concern for some of the players is the market will be dominated by Canadian companies, shareholders and banks if we allow too much time to pass,” Derek Peterson, CEO of California-based marijuana producer and seller Terra Tech, told Huff Post Canada. A woman waves a flag with a marijuana leaf next to a group gathered to celebrate National … [Read more...] about As Canada Dominates Legal Weed Industry, U.S. Producers Feel Threatened Due to Federal Prohibitions
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Hockey sticks were being left on the doorsteps across Canada on Monday in a poignant tribute to 15 youth players and personnel killed in a bus crash. Hundreds of photos of hockey sticks – propped beside front doors and on porches – have appeared on social media in response to the hashtag #PutYourStickOut, in honour of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team devastated by Friday’s collision. The symbolic tribute was sparked by a Twitter post by Canadian sports broadcaster Brian Munz after he shared a photo of a hockey stick left outside from a friend who wrote: “Leaving it out on the porch tonight. The boys might need it … wherever they are.” Canadian Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser posted a photo of her stick on the front porch next to the doorbell, noting she chose “not just any stick” but her first stick, a short white wooden Titan with frayed tape on both ends. “Hope the boys don’t use it, … [Read more...] about Hockey sticks left on porches to honour Canada crash victims
A one-time top Vatican diplomat was locked up Saturday on allegations of downloading child pornography during a Christmas season visit to Canada, officials said. Monsignor Carlo Capella’s arrest came eight months after his recall to the Vatican from a post in Washington, D.C. He was ordered jailed in the barracks of the Vatican police force, according to a Vatican press release. Police in Windsor, Ontario, had accused Capella of accessing the repugnant images from a social networking site during a holiday visit to an unidentified local church. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported the incidents occurred between Dec. 24-27, 2016. Capella was also cited for distributing the downloaded pornography, officials said. The U.S. State Department informed the Vatican in August of the allegations, citing a “possible violation of laws related to child pornography” by one of its Washington-based diplomats. Capella was immediately ordered back to the Vatican, and the … [Read more...] about Former top Vatican diplomat busted for downloading child porn in Canada
Canada made history in 1967. It was the first country in the world — ever — to go to a merit-based point system for immigration.The goal of the system is summed up in this one sentence on a government immigration website: "We choose skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in our economy."So beginning in '67, an applicant's race, color, nationality — that no longer mattered. To be blunt: Being white ceased to be the advantage it had been. Canada, like many countries, had a history of discriminatory immigration policies dating back to post-World War I. Among those excluded until the mid-20th century were Communists, Mennonites, Austrians, Hungarians, Turks and Chinese. A ban on black immigrants had been considered in 1911 but not implemented. SEE MORE: Justice Department Wants Immigration Judges To Meet Annual Case QuotasThe restrictions began to ease after World War II, in … [Read more...] about Is Merit-based Immigration Our Solution? Let’s Ask Canada