How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada

By Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, University of Guelph. Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried it.… Read more

North America 2026 World Cup bid names 23 candidate cities

The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA. A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA will… Read more

Canada Is Headed Toward An Epic Glut Of Marijuana

This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. In recent years, no industry has grown more impressively than that of legal cannabis. Depending on your preferred source, the legal weed industry is probably growing by 25% to 35% on an annualized basis over the intermediate term, with sales estimates varying from almost $25 billion in North… Read more

Canadian pharmacare is closer to becoming a reality

By Katherine Boothe, Associate Professor, Political Science, McMaster University. The fact that Ontario’s health minister, Eric Hoskins, is resigning from his post to head up a newly announced advisory council on a Canadian pharmacare system bodes well, meaning Ottawa’s new initiative may go beyond being “just another study.” Hoskins is a longtime advocate for pharmacare. THE… Read more

Canada to seek to join South America trade pact

Canada will open trade talks next month with the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in South America as part of an ongoing push to diversify its trade partnerships, a senior official said Friday. It comes as its main trading relationship with the United States — the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — falters, and after Ottawa… Read more

Justin Trudeau shot down a heckler in a town hall, and Jerry Seinfeld actually responded

What do dashing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and comedian Jerry Seinfeld have in common? Well, for one thing, they both have the same method for responding to hecklers. It all began when a town hall being hosted by Trudeau was interrupted by determined hecklers. So what did Trudeau do? He used what some have called… Read more

Largest known prime number discovered: Why it matters

By Anthony Bonato, Professor of Mathematics, Ryerson University. jodi foster (Warner Bros. 1997) In the movie Contact, based on the novel of the same name by Carl Sagan, Dr. Ellie Arroway searches for intelligent extraterrestrial life by scanning the sky with radio telescopes. When Arroway, played by Jodie Foster, recognizes prime numbers in an interplanetary signal,… Read more

Canada’s bitter weather has even penguins coming out of the cold

Just how cold is it in Canada? Ask the penguins at the Calgary zoo: Even they have had to take shelter. King penguins — one of five species at the zoo in western Alberta province — are certainly accustomed to chilly weather, more so than species like the Humboldt that prefer somewhat warmer climes, said zoo… Read more

Cryptocurrency Mining Company HashChain Technology is Publicly-Listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol KASH

Cryptocurrency Mining Company HashChain Technology is Publicly-Listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol KASH $codeDebug.log(“output array of get country targets countryT VANCOUVER, Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – HashChain Technology Inc. (” HashChain” or the ” Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received final approval for listing on the TSX Venture Exchange (“… Read more

Should the NFL Just Move the Bills to Toronto? …….(Stay there)

Despite declining television ratings and assorted controversies—concussions, anthem protests, Deflategate, Tom Brady’s weird diet—the National Football League remains a moneymaking juggernaut. In March 2017, the NFL was projecting revenue for this year of $14 billion, according to Sports Business Journal. (The final figures for 2017 haven’t been released yet). Goodell wants to make $25 billion by… Read more

Nation inks 25 deals with Ontario

China and Canada’s Ontario province have inked 25 deals worth almost C$600 million ($472 million), mainly in technology, e-commerce, finance and healthcare sectors, as the two countries continue to deepen economic and trade ties. Highlights of the signed deals included technology giant Tencent’s cooperation with Ontario’s OTT Financial Group to build a business accelerator center in… Read more

Canada to track economic impact of cannabis ahead of legalization

Canada’s statistical agency said Tuesday it will start tracking the economic impact of recreational use of cannabis before it is legalized next year, but highlighted challenges of measuring black market transactions. The value of the production, importation and consumption of cannabis in Canada — which will remain illegal except for medical use until June 30, 2018… Read more

Alberta making efforts to draw more Chinese visitors

[Photo provided to China Daily] The province of Alberta in Canada is making efforts to attract more Chinese tourists, especially ahead of the China-Canada Tourist Year in 2018, according to Darlene Fedoroshyn, the Travel Alberta director of business development in the Asia-Pacific. Alberta, in western part of Canada, is home to many iconic tourist attractions, such… Read more

Canadian company Pieridae looking to acquire more natural gas resources

According to Alfred Sorenson, CEO of Pieridae Energy Ltd, the Calgary-based Canadian energy infrastructure development company is looking to expand its production base. Pieridae is on the hunt for natural gas producing assets in western Canada or in the Marcellus shale play in the United States to supply a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on Canada’s… Read more

Marijuana Stocks Are Sky High

This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. The marijuana industry is the hottest thing since sliced bread, and marijuana stocks are thriving as a result. Here’s a quick rundown of how some of the industry’s largest players’ stock prices have performed over the trailing 12 months: GW Pharmaceuticals: up 35% Canopy Growth Corp.: up 248%… Read more

Jobs, Homes at Stake in US-Canada Trade Squabble

Canadian officials say a new tariff imposed by the Trump administration will raise the cost of new homes in the United States by $1,000 each, and shut 150,000 Americans out of home ownership. Washington’s decision also puts “thousands” of U.S. homebuilding jobs at risk, according to Canada’s ministers of natural resources and foreign affairs. The comments… Read more

Vladimir Putin visits Arctic to reaffirm Russia’s claim

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited an area in the Arctic archipelago as part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region. On a tour on the Franz Josef Land archipelago, a sprawling collection of islands where the Russian military has recently built a new runway and worked to open a permanent base,… Read more

Canadians reached out to Syrian refugees. Now they hesitate to let go.

Canada knows something about generosity. The country has opened its doors to some 40,000 Syrian refugees since November 2015. In many cases, private citizens have stepped up to sponsor the newcomers, offering their time and money to the families for one year. But many of those newcomers have now entered the critical “month 13” of their… Read more

Canadian teacher in isolated Inuit community named best in the world

Berlin (dpa) – A woman working to support troubled teenagers in an isolated Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic was named the world’s best teacher on Sunday. Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the 1-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize for 2017 at a ceremony in Dubai. MacDonnell was recognized for her initiatives to tackle depression, teenage pregnancies and high… Read more

Financial Post Article: Retirement Age Policy Concerns

Neil Mohindra: Even the Liberals’ deficit-loving friends at the IMF think Canada needs to get serious about retirement ages The Liberal government has declined to listen to the advice of its own economic advisory council on retirement age. Perhaps the Liberals might be more willing to listen to one of its ideological soul mates, someone […]