ATB Financial lends Westleaf Cannabis funds for SK facility

Company plans 115,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility near Battleford

ATB Financial lends Westleaf Cannabis funds for SK facilityWestleaf Cannabis is receiving a development loan of up to $24 million from ATB Financial to build its business. “As one of the first traditional lenders to enter the cannabis space, we’re proud of our long-term partnership with ATB as it has been instrumental in bringing our Westleaf vision to life,” said Taylor Ethans, chief…

Sundial’s cannabis cultivating plant in Olds receives licence

The facility will have 140 individually-controlled cultivating rooms and the company will employ 500 people

Sundial’s cannabis cultivating plant in Olds receives licenceA cannabis cultivating plant in Olds has received its licence from Health Canada for the first phase of its 500,000-square-foot facility. “Receiving this licence is one of Sundial's most significant milestones to date and I am extremely proud of our team's commitment to develop and execute this important project,” said Torsten Kuenzlen, Sundial’s CEO. “We…

Universities must prepare for legalization of pot

Students need real information that avoids both scare tactics and blanket reassurances based on unrepresentative anecdotes

Universities must prepare for legalization of potBy Alexandra Burnett, and Rodney A. Clifton Frontier Centre for Public Policy Marijuana will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17. Some students can hardly wait but are their universities ready? In curricular terms, the institutional response has been impressive. Many Canadian universities have already begun new courses to prepare their students to thrive in…

Stop playing the racist card and deal with the real problems

To ignore a safety issue involving alcohol use among Indigenous communities for fear of being labelled a racist is just plain wrong

Stop playing the racist card and deal with the real problemsEver since Wilbur and Orville Wright proved that heavier-than-air machines could fly, safety has been a priority when it comes to air travel. Engines and chassis are inspected and re-inspected. If some gizmo in your car engine breaks, your car stops and you look under the hood. You don’t have that luxury in an airplane.…

Workplace safety initiative launched ahead of cannabis legalization

Calgary-based company Cannabis Learning Series urging employers to be prepared

Workplace safety initiative launched ahead of cannabis legalizationA Calgary-based company is promoting a workplace safety campaign  in response to cannabis legalization, which comes into effect on Oct. 17. The Cannabis Learning Series, a workplace safety education initiative, is urging employers to focus on prevention and awareness in the midst of uncertainty from cannabis legalization. “With the legalization of recreational cannabis getting closer, it’s…

Public health must become a priority

But across Canada a system that can help ensure a healthy population is being denied funding and support

Public health must become a priorityBy Trevor Hancock and Art Eggleton Contributors Troy Media In 2010, Canada’s ministers of Health stated in a Declaration on Prevention and Promotion that “the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, disability and injury are a priority and necessary to the sustainability of the health system.” So you would think that public health…

Denying hope and health to Canadians with rare disorders

Manufacturers must overcome several federal government hurdles before patients have access to drugs

Denying hope and health to Canadians with rare disordersThe federal government has proposed major changes to the role of the Patent Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB), whose primary function is to ensure that maximum Canadian prices for patented medicines aren’t excessive. The changes, due to come into effect in 2019, will impact all new drugs but especially those for patients with rare disorders…

Canadian cannabis spending reaches $5.7 billion in second quarter

Prices for both medical and non-medical cannabis have declined by 10.6% since the first quarter of 2016: StatsCan

Canadian cannabis spending reaches $5.7 billion in second quarterIn less than two decades, cannabis consumption in Canada has increased by 72 per cent. This year alone, cannabis spending for both medical and non-medical use was up 1.4 per cent in the first quarter and 1.2 per cent in the second, according to a report released by Statistics Canada on Friday. Spending on cannabis…

Antidepressants for children should be used with caution

But with proper use they are quite safe and an effective way to help people of all ages in the treatment of depression

Antidepressants for children should be used with cautionThe use of antidepressant medications among depressed children has received widespread international coverage in the media over the years. Studies indicating a slightly increased risk of suicidal thoughts, or attempts, in children taking antidepressants sparked a firestorm of public debate and criticism. As a result, FDA mandated all antidepressants being sold in the U.S. have…

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more Aspirin

Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, ordered to pay $289M to a single plaintiff. Even if Monsanto’s brands no longer exist, its legacy remains

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more AspirinIn California, where lawsuits can be found more easily than drinking water, German chemical giant Bayer has been dealt a huge legal blow. Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, was ordered to pay a whopping US$289 million in damages to a gardener suffering from cancer, allegedly from using Monsanto products. Given that more than 5,000 such…

Sask’s Thunderchild First Nation invests $8 million with Westleaf Cannabis

Westleaf plans about 175,000 square feet devoted to production and manufacturing

Sask’s Thunderchild First Nation invests $8 million with Westleaf CannabisCalgary-based Westleaf Cannabis Inc. has received an $8-million investment from Saskatchewan’s Thunderchild First Nation. In a news release, the company said the investment makes Thunderchild the largest shareholder of Westleaf, and is accompanied by a seat being allocated to Chief Delbert Wapass on the company's board of directors. “Since its inception, Westleaf has firmly believed…

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpractice

Securing a meaningful and enduring reduction in medical error requires a cultural transformation

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpracticeIn a 2003 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) survey, “about a quarter [of adults] said that an adverse event had occurred in their own care, or that of a family member.” Half claimed that the adverse event had produced “serious health consequences.” Three-quarters claimed that it had “led to a hospital visit or longer…

There is no stigma to taking needed medication

Potential risks should be measured against the benefits of relieving symptoms of the disorder

There is no stigma to taking needed medicationMany people respond to a psychiatric diagnosis and medication recommendations by saying that they are simply “not a pill person”. It seems that the idea of having to take a pill every day is a daunting thought to some and a sign of weakness to others. In truth, there is no such thing as a…

Cannabis legislation has employers worried

‘Workplace safety is consistently flagged as employers’ top concern with legalization, but the solution is not one-size-fits-all’

Cannabis legislation has employers worriedMore than half of Canadian organizations, 52 per cent, are either concerned or very concerned about the implications the legalization of cannabis for recreational use will have on the workplace. A Conference Board of Canada report, Blazing the Trail: What the Legalization of Cannabis Means for Canadian Employers, says employers’ top concerns include workplace safety,…

Canadian pharmaceutical company enters medical cannabis field

Sandoz Canada says it has finalized a collaboration agreement with Tilray, a Health Canada licensed producer of medical cannabis, allowing Sandoz Canada to become the first Canadian pharmaceutical company to enter the medical cannabis field. “The alliance will support the rising interest in medical cannabis by providing patients with medical treatment options of stringent manufacturing…
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