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Legalization of Recreational Weed Unlikely to Kill Pot Black Market Right Away

Legalization of Recreational Weed Unlikely to Kill Pot Black Market Right Away

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Marijuana
A man holds a joint between his lips during the annual 4-20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on April 20, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood dispensary or ordering online, Canada’s black market for recreational marijuana has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt, will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of legalization next summer.

What does seem clear, however, is that the illegal market is unlikely to disappear in a puff of smoke come legalization day.

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Not Your Typical Dip in the Ocean; Canadian Swims Across Strait of Magellan

Not Your Typical Dip in the Ocean; Canadian Swims Across Strait of Magellan

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Madhu Nagaraja
Madhu Nagaraja, 47, shakes hand with a safety scuba diver after swimming the Strait of Magellan, in Punta Arenas, Chile, in a Nov. 29, 2017, handout image. Nagaraja is the 1st Canadian and 23rd person to successfully swim this passage. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Patagonia Swim, Christian Vergara)

An Ontario software developer has become the first Canadian to successfully swim across the Strait of Magellan.

Madhu Nagaraja says he completed the swim across the treacherous open-water stretch on the tip of South America on Nov. 29.

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Christmas Tree Prices on the Rise for First Time in Almost a Decade

Christmas Tree Prices on the Rise for First Time in Almost a Decade

By Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Christmas Tree
Dan Nightingale trims a13-metre tall white spruce in Purlbrook, N.S. on Monday, November 17, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

CALGARY – Holiday shoppers might have to fork over a little more for the evergreen scent of a natural Christmas tree this year as a shortage south of the border and increased demand for real trees put pressure on prices.

Canadian Christmas tree farmers are raising prices as much as 10 per cent as the effect of market forces making firs, pines and spruces sparse in the U.S. spills over into Canada.

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ACTRA Says It’s Expediting Sexual Harassment Complaints Processes

ACTRA Says It’s Expediting Sexual Harassment Complaints Processes

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

Nicole Stamp
Actor and filmmaker Nicole Stamp moderated the discussion “Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Industry” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday, December 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

TORONTO – The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints.

At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies.

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New Responses Needed on HIV Non-Disclosure, But Not Necessarily New Law: Study

New Responses Needed on HIV Non-Disclosure, But Not Necessarily New Law: Study

By The Canadian Press

Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor listens to a speaker during an event marking World AIDS Day in Ottawa, Friday December 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – What it takes for someone who doesn’t disclose their HIV status to be charged with a criminal offence needs to catch up to what science now knows about transmission, says a federal government study published Friday to mark World AIDS Day.

But whether that ends up being the case in Canada will be largely up to the provinces, despite the federal government’s desire to reduce what it and many advocates call the over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

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Analyst Greg Zaun Fired from Sportsnet for “Inappropriate Behaviour”

Analyst Greg Zaun Fired from Sportsnet for “Inappropriate Behaviour”

By The Canadian Press

Gregg Zaun
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun pauses during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on April 20, 2010.Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet due to “inappropriate behaviour and comments.” Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, said in a statement that the company was terminating the contract of the Blue Jays analyst effective immediately. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Keith Srakocic)

TORONTO – Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet due to “inappropriate behaviour and comments” toward female employees.

Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, said in a statement Thursday that the company was terminating the contract of the MLB studio analyst effective immediately.

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Air Transat Slammed, Fined for Handling of Hours-Long Tarmac Delay

Air Transat Slammed, Fined for Handling of Hours-Long Tarmac Delay

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Air Transat
An Air Transat Airbus A330 lands at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport, Sunday, July 31, 2016. A federal agency is ordering Air Transat to cover out-of-pocket expenses for passengers caught in an hours-long tarmac delay this summer as part of a ruling that lays blame solely on the airline for the fiasco. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

OTTAWA – Air Transat failed its passengers during a sweltering, hours-long ordeal aboard two of its grounded aircraft this summer, a federal agency ruled Thursday as it fined the airline $295,000 and ordered it to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of affected passengers.

The Canadian Transportation Agency said Air Transat broke a tariff agreement with customers that governs when passengers can be let off a flight due to a tarmac delay.

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Free National Parks Program Soon to End, But Kids Will Still Get in Free in 2018

Free National Parks Program Soon to End, But Kids Will Still Get in Free in 2018

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

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The shores of Clear Lake on the main beach in Riding Mountain National Park. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

OTTAWA – The party is nearly over: the free admission to national parks and heritage sites that accompanied Canada’s 150th birthday bash will come to an end Dec. 31.

Earlier this year, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was considering whether to extend the free admission to parks and heritage sites because the program had proven so popular.

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Second-Hand ‘Toke’ Could Lead to Failure of Workplace Drug Test: Study

Second-Hand ‘Toke’ Could Lead to Failure of Workplace Drug Test: Study

By The Canadian Press

Marijuana
Production staff harvest marijuana plants inside the flowering room at Harvest One Cannabis Inc. in Duncan, B.C., on Friday, August 4, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

CALGARY – Researchers in Calgary say employees should be aware they could fail workplace drug tests due to second-hand smoke from marijuana.

A new research study from the University of Calgary says THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — is detectable in the body after as little as 15 minutes of exposure even if the person is not actively smoking it.

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Former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews Cleared of Conflict: Judicial Council

Former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews Cleared of Conflict: Judicial Council

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Vic Toews
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews listens to a speaker during a news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG – The Canadian Judicial Council has rejected complaints that former federal cabinet minister Vic Toews, who is now a Manitoba judge, is unfit to remain on the bench after violating the Conflict of Interest Act.

The council said Thursday the two complaints were reviewed by Justice Christopher Hinkson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, who found nothing that would warrant Toews’ removal.

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