California adds wage, benefit protections for gig workers

California adds wage, benefit protections for gig workers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labour legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have national implications as lawmakers, businesses and unions confront the changing nature of work and... Read More

CannTrust says goods returned by Alberta government cannabis firm worth $1.3M

CannTrust says goods returned by Alberta government cannabis firm worth $1.3M
VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. said Thursday that about $1.3 million worth of its products will be returned by the Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer. The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency announced the returns on Wednesday after Health Canada suspended CannTrust’s licences to produce and sell pot. CannTrust noted Thursday that Health Canada has not ordered a... Read More

Tim Hortons cuts imitation meat products from menus except in Ontario and B.C.

Tim Hortons cuts imitation meat  products from menus except in Ontario and B.C.
TORONTO — Tim Hortons will be removing imitation meat sandwiches from thousands of Canadian locations other than in B.C. and Ontario Parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. says it is pulling Beyond Meat vegetable-based burgers and breakfast sandwiches from menus in all provinces except B.C. and Ontario, where the “positive reaction” means customers can continue to enjoy them. In an email, spokeswoman Jane... Read More

Alberta to return all CannTrust products after Health Canada suspensions

Alberta to return all CannTrust products after Health Canada suspensions
VAUGHAN, Ont. — The Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer is returning all products from CannTrust Holdings Inc. after Health Canada suspended the company’s licences to produce and sell pot. A spokeswoman for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission says it intends to return its remaining supply of on-hold CannTrust products to the Vaughan, Ont.-based company, but would not confirm the... Read More

CannTrust says certain licences suspended by Health Canada over ‘non-compliance’

CannTrust says certain licences suspended by Health Canada over ‘non-compliance’
CannTrust Holdings Inc.’s licenses to produce and sell cannabis have been suspended by Health Canada, the pot company disclosed on Tuesday, in the latest setback for the firm which has been under investigation by regulators for cultivation in unlicensed rooms. The Vaughan, Ont.-based company said it received a notice of licence suspension from the federal regulator indicating its authority to produce cannabis, other than... Read More

‘Blood money’? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales

‘Blood money’? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales
The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by … selling more OxyContin. That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it’s one reason two dozen states have rejected the deal. “The settlement agreement basically requires the settlement payments to be made based on... Read More

Former Canopy co-CEO Bruce Linton sees big opportunity in psychedelics

Former Canopy co-CEO Bruce Linton sees big opportunity in psychedelics
Canopy Growth Corp.’s co-founder and recently ousted co-chief executive has his eye on a new frontier for medicine beyond cannabis: psychedelics. Bruce Linton said he will be a director at Mind Medicine, an Australian-based entity that is seeking to establish safe psychedelic-assisted treatments for mental illness, such as medicinal psilocybin and medicinal MDMA. He sees the opportunity for psychedelics as medicine... Read More

NHL players stay with CBA, labour peace set to at least 2022

NHL players stay with CBA, labour peace set to at least 2022
National Hockey League players have decided not to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement, guaranteeing labour peace until at least 2022. The NHLPA announced its decision Monday just before the deadline to trigger its opt-out clause. Not terminating the CBA is a positive sign that negotiations are progressing toward an extension. Meetings between owners and players have been going... Read More

No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbours

No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbours
PARIS — When tractors laden with pesticides and other chemicals start spraying the vineyards that produce fruity Bordeaux wines, Marie-Lys Bibeyran’s phone starts to ring. “People call me and say, ‘I was on my terrace having lunch and we had to rush inside, the kids were in the swimming pool,'” says the Bordeaux vineyard worker who turned anti-pesticide campaigner after... Read More

New federal Arctic policy focusses on human health, environment, infrastructure

New federal Arctic policy focusses on human health, environment, infrastructure
The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic. The lengthy document, released by the department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top. The policy is a departure from the tone of the previous Conservative government under Stephen Harper, which emphasized security concerns and threats to Canada’s Arctic... Read More