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Quebec Should Embrace Cannabis To Promote The Economy

The CAQ’s anti-pot stance is sure to hurt consumers and citizens in Quebec. The new Quebec premier Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec says he wants to put more money in the pockets of Quebecers. And now that the CAQ has the mandate of a majority government, his words will soon turn into actions. […]

Eyesore Marijuana Packaging Isn’t Healthy For Canadians Or Competition

Recently proposed restrictions on branding and logos, as well as exhaustive warning requirements, won’t benefit legal cannabis users. By Yaël Ossowski Deputy director at Consumer Choice Center. Last Monday, Health Canada unveiled its proposed guidance on how cannabis should be regulated, marketed and sold once it is fully legalized in later this year, likely in July or […]

Canada Can Lead The Way On Pot, Vapes and Plain Packs

The world is paying attention to Canada right now. Two very important pieces of legislation on consumer products are being debated, which could provide many lessons for the world. House Bill C-45, the world’s most extensive cannabis legalization and the first for a country in the G7, successfully passed on November 28 and goes to […]

Trudeau Should See NAFTA Renegotiation As His Biggest Priority

By Yaël Ossowski | Huffington Post Trump needs to be shown that protectionism south of the border hurts American and Canadian consumers as much as it helps hand-picked American producers. At this point in the Donald Trump presidency, it’s become clear that protectionism is become the ruling mantra. Whether it’s tariffs slapped on Bombardier jets […]

Consumers Lose No Matter Who Wins The U.S.-Canada Jet Subsidy War

Putting into action the protectionist rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday a tariff of more than 200 per cent on Bombardier’s C-Series regional jet. The initial complaint was lodged by Chicago-based aerospace company and defence contractor Boeing, the largest U.S. exporter of goods and the top recipient […]

Bitcoin Has Become About The Payday, Not Its Potential

Cryptocurrencies aren’t a store-of-value nor safe haven for anyone’s assets. They’re experiments. In the beginning, Bitcoin was something of a revolution to me. The digital currency represented everything from my rebellious youth. It was a decentralized, denationalized, and digital currency operating outside the traditional banking and governmental system. It used tools of cryptography and connected […]

WHO Elections: Will The Promise Of A Healthier Future Be Forgotten?

Many countries, such as Canada, are focused on implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and universalizing coverage. Others, pushed by the WHO, are leading anti-tobacco efforts. But many are seeking a reduced role for determining health policy at the very top level. For the first time in recorded memory, the race to lead the […]

Why Fewer Canadians Are Using Tobacco

Despite the millions in proposed new spending for getting Canadians unhooked off tobacco, fewer Canadians are lighting up. Just 17.7 percent of Canadians smoked daily or occasionally in 2015, according to the Canadian Community Health Survey released last week. That’s down from 18.1 per cent the previous year. Those results were revealed at the same […]

Clash Of The Sinclairs: A Story Of American Socialism And Fascism

The grand plans of socialism are doomed once put into practice, several characters surmise, even before the rise of Windrip. But fascism can somehow use that existing path and exploit it for its own. At present, I’m making my way through Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here. It’s a rather dated novel, detailing the rise of […]

Vaping May Win The Fight Against Underage Smoking

In countries such as Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, measures aimed at reducing smoking and tobacco use are on the primary docket. Chief in each government’s arsenal is a requirement that cigarette and tobacco products be subject to plain packaging, with all cigarette logos and designs excluded and graphic warnings taking up […]

The Failed Promise Of Transparency In The Age Of Trudeau

As citizens of a democracy, it is imperative that our governmental institutions remain open and free to the public. That’s essential for every Canadian, and it continues to be. In 2015, Justin Trudeau promised Canadians a more open and transparent government. At the time, the Liberal Party said the previous Conservative government had “grown secretive […]

Trump Has Given Canada’s Oil Industry A Fighting Chance

Consumed by news from south of the border, Canadians have been fixated on the ascendency of a Trump presidency. But it could spell much more benefit for Canadians than they’re willing to admit. True, president-elect Donald Trump’s plan to renegotiate NAFTA will be a tough pill for Canada to swallow, especially with the likelihood of […]

Anti-Transparency On Display At COP7 Global Anti-Tobacco Conference

A Students For Liberty activist carries a protest sign at the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 7th Annual Conference of the Parties in New Delhi, India. DELHI – It’s only fitting that a conference dedicated to the eradication of smoking tobacco would be held in a city caked with smog pollution. Last […]

Technological Literacy Is Doomed

We’re more likely to accept the dogma of Google, Apple, or Microsoft in order to satisfy our daily desire to be connected and loved by the bits, ones, and zeros. Who would have thought that the great decentralized interconnected nature of the millions of computers on the Internet would lend itself to a centralization of […]