Males more likely to use cannabis than females: StatsCan

Males more likely to use cannabis than females: StatsCanFrom mid-May to mid-June, about 4.9 million or 16 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older reported using cannabis in the previous three months, according to a report released on Thursday by Statistics Canada.  The federal agency said this was unchanged from what was reported one year earlier (before legalization) for the provinces and…

Westleaf’s first Prairie Records cannabis store licensed in Alberta

Westleaf’s first Prairie Records cannabis store licensed in AlbertaCalgary-based cannabis company Westleaf has received a licence from Alberta, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis for its first Prairie Records branded retail store in Alberta. The store is at 4420 17th Ave. S.E. in Calgary. “This is a small but significant step in our development as a full spectrum cannabis company, with seed-to-sale operations,” said Adam…

Internet has transformed every aspect of our lives: report

Internet has transformed every aspect of our lives: reportJust how connected are Canadians to the Internet?  The Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA)  annual report, Canada's Internet Factbook 2019, found in a survey that 85 per cent of Canadians had not spent more than one-week offline in the last year, and only one in five had even disconnected for eight consecutive hours. “The Internet…

Pushing back on the shame over addiction

Vanisha Breault of the Terminator Foundation talks about facing and overcoming the growing pandemic of addictions

Pushing back on the shame over addictionVanisha Breault is founder and executive director of the Terminator Foundation. What is the Terminator Foundation and what does it do? Breault: The Terminator Foundation is a collaboration of integrated health-care systems that support youth and young adults in their effort to recover from addiction and mental health issues. Our goal is to strengthen recovery…

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few years

Global sales of cannabis grew by 20% in 2018 and are expected to grow by 36% this year: report

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few yearsAn international report says spending on adult-use cannabis in Canada is forecast to grow from $113 million in the partial year of 2018 to almost $4.8 billion by 2024. Cannabis became legalized nationwide on Oct. 17, 2018. The seventh edition in the series State of Legal Cannabis Markets reports was released Thursday by Arcview Market…

Canadian gaming industry surpasses $17 billion in revenue

Supports approximately 182,500 jobs, which translates into $11.9 billion in labour income

Canadian gaming industry surpasses $17 billion in revenueCanadian gaming has become a multibillion-dollar industry directly supporting more than 182,000 jobs across the country, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Canadian Gaming Association. The National Economic Benefits of the Canadian Gaming Industry study said the industry produced $17.1 billion in revenue in 2017. That includes $1 billion in non-gaming revenue…

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis sales

Federal and provincial government take lower than expected because of bumpy rollout, but significant growth expected in sales and taxes

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis salesHere’s clear evidence that cannabis is big business. In the first five and a half months following the legalization of cannabis, Canadian governments earned $186 million from excise taxes and general taxes on goods and services directly related to the sale of cannabis, reported Statistics Canada on Wednesday. The federal agency said excise taxes are…

How to put your inner workaholic to rest

National Workaholics Day is no reason for celebration. By working smarter, you could work less – and have more time for family, friends and fun.

How to put your inner workaholic to restJuly 5 is National Workaholics Day. But is this something we should really be celebrating? According to Forbes, the average Frenchman works 18 hours a week; the average Italian about 16.5 and the British work 21.5. But in North America, our idea of full employment is a standard 40-hour week. And in some locales, that…

Constraining pain medication will only worsen drug problem

Limiting access to alcohol led to chaos during the Prohibition. Will constraining opioids do the same?

Constraining pain medication will only worsen drug problemThere are so many reasons to be very glad that we live in Canada – one of the main is that we’re governed by the rule of law. Laws and the rules and regulations that underpin them are enacted by democratically-elected governments. They’re enforced and upheld by police and courts that are amazingly upright and…

Moratorium lifted on new retail cannabis licence applications

Will issue five new licences weekly in Alberta, based on availability of inventory

Moratorium lifted on new retail cannabis licence applicationsAGLC has lifted the moratorium in Alberta on accepting new retail licence applications for cannabis stores and issuing new retail licences due to what it says is a steady increase in cannabis supply. “Lifting the moratorium supports economic development and the success of Alberta’s budding cannabis industry,” said the government’s Crown commercial enterprise and agency…

Shoppers Drug Mart launches medical cannabis online platform

Albertans can now have a variety of products delivered to their doors

Shoppers Drug Mart launches medical cannabis online platformShoppers Drug Mart has expanded its online platform for the sale of medical cannabis to patients in Alberta. “As trusted medication experts, pharmacists have an important role to play in the safe and informed use of medical cannabis. This launch in Alberta is a leap forward for those looking for professional oversight and trusted support…

Lack of vaping product marketing regulations endangers kids

Vaping comes with serious health risks, just like other tobacco products, but the Ontario government doesn't seem to care

Lack of vaping product marketing regulations endangers kidsAs a clinician and researcher in the field of tobacco control, what I see happening with vaping marketing and promotion is déjà vu of the very worst kind. It’s pervasive and insidious. And in Ontario, we’re failing our youth by permitting it. Over the last 30 years, we have fought many policy battles with the…

Opioids are killing Canadians in the thousands

Abstinence-based treatment is ineffective. We need to invest heavily in harm reduction strategies

Opioids are killing Canadians in the thousandsBy Sen. Jane Cordy and Sen. Raymonde Gagné “I wasn’t born to be a drug addict,” said a brave member of the audience at our recent open caucus meeting in the Senate on the Opioid Crisis in Canada. He told us of his struggle with drug addiction over two decades. His closing words hung in…

Tips to weaning yourself from technology dependency

You really don't need to be in contact with everyone 24-7

Tips to weaning yourself from technology dependencyMost of us have become almost totally dependent on technology – and in the process, many of us have lost the art of true communication. In many ways, being tech-connected in the 21st century means being disconnected from humanity. Certainly everyone has a story about how the digital world has let them down – the computer that…

Westleaf plans cannabis store in Banff

Retail location could be open by third quarter using the Prairie Records concept

Westleaf plans cannabis store in BanffCannabis company Westleaf Inc. says it has received development permit approval from the Town of Banff for a flagship retail location on Caribou Street just off famed Banff Avenue. The Calgary-based company said it will be developed as a flagship in the Prairie Records brand of cannabis stores. The store will be in the basement…