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Chrystia Freeland left a meeting with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Monday sounding like a minister in no hurry to ratify the revised North American trade deal while American steel and aluminum tariffs still apply to Canada–U.S. trade.

“The existence of these tariffs for many Canadians raises some serious questions about NAFTA ratification,” the foreign affairs minister told reporters gathered on the sidewalk outside the USTR’s Washington offices.

“In order to move ahead with that deal, I think Canadians feel the right thing is, there should be no 232 tariffs or retaliatory tariffs between our two countries. That was what I expressed clearly to Ambassador Lighthizer.”

Freeland paused — and appeared to be choosing her words carefully — before saying that steel tariffs were the central topic of her discussion with Lighthizer.

“These tariffs are completely unacceptable to Canada,” she said, repeating the words “illegal,” “unjustified” and “absurd” several times in describing them.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Scott Manson, director of operations, left, tour EVRAZ Regina, a steel company in Regina, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Michael Bell/Canadian Press)

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed their revised trade agreement on Nov. 30 after a bruising period of negotiation.

America’s two NAFTA partners originally were exempt from its 25 per cent steel and 10 per cent aluminum tariffs when they were first imposed last spring through President Donald Trump’s highly unusual use of the Section 232 “national security” power.

But by July, Canadian and Mexican exports faced the extra costs as well. Both countries responded with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports worth equivalent dollar values.

By design, the retaliatory tariffs have been damaging to many U.S. industries and sectors, including its farm sector — all part of a political strategy to convince the Trump administration to lift its punishing levies.

Canada hasn’t tabled a NAFTA bill

During the NAFTA talks, President Trump boasted about his administration’s use of “section 232” [of the Trade Expansion Act] tariffs as leverage to get a better deal. The taxing power was meant originally to protect American industries from national security threats, but Trump’s office has interpreted that broadly to include imports that compete with a domestic industry it considers essential.

Freeland said the continued existence of the tariffs makes “even less sense now” that NAFTA has been re-negotiated.

“I have heard from a lot of Canadians that they would be really troubled by Canada moving forward while these tariffs are still in place,” she said. The talks Monday included a discussion of NAFTA’s ratification processes in all three countries, she said.

Canada tabled the text of the revised NAFTA agreement in the House of Commons on Dec.12. Parliamentary convention requires 21 full sitting days of the House before implementation legislation can be introduced. So the Canadian government could have introduced a NAFTA bill by now.

While the federal cabinet ratifies trade treaties, it does so only after implementation legislation has passed in Parliament, readying Canadian laws and regulations to comply with the new terms.

Canada has only a short time window to pass its implementation bill into law before Parliament rises for the summer, and before the federal election campaign scheduled for the fall. Similar implementation bills for other trade treaties have taken longer than the nine scheduled sitting weeks left between now and the end of June.

U.S. officials have suggested Canada and Mexico accept quotas on their steel and aluminum exports as a means to resolve the impasse. By setting the tariff-free threshold high enough — so the thinking goes — an agreed-upon level of NAFTA trade would no longer face extra costs, while U.S. producers would continue to be protected from any unexpected surges in North American supply.

On Monday, Mexico’s Deputy Economy Minister Luz Maria de la Mora told reporters her government is opposed to quotas. Ottawa also has been unwilling to accept limits on its tariff-free trade in steel and aluminum.

Mexico’s statement Monday would appear to signal a common front between Canada and Mexico aimed at getting the tariffs lifted without conditions.

National security tariffs constitutional: court

On Monday, the U.S. Court of International Trade upheld as constitutional the Trump administration’s use of “national security” provisions to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum.

The plaintiff in that case, the American Institute for International Steel — an industry umbrella group sharply critical of Trump’s trade tactics — immediately announced plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. It said it was heartened by the fact that the court recognized that the section 232 tariffs “seem to invite the President to regulate commerce by way of means reserved for Congress.”

While the tariffs are costly for businesses and consumers across North American supply chains and throughout the continent, they are also lucrative for federal treasuries.

In last week’s federal budget, officials estimated gross revenues from Canada’s retaliatory tariffs, from their start last July to the end of the 2018-19 fiscal year, at over $1 billion.

United States Senator Sherrod Brown. (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)

Later Monday, Freeland’s schedule included meetings with Senator Sherrod Brown, the senior Democrat from Ohio who frequently has expressed skepticism about the value of free trade deals. He’s suggested NAFTA is likely to stall in the current Congress and said he personally cannot support it without revisions to strengthen its labour protections.

Freeland also met with Representative Earl Blumenauer, the Democratic chair of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade. His committee is set to begin scrutinizing the text of the revised agreement Tuesday; Blumenauer also said that he has reservations about the labour provisions and environmental protections.

The chair is among those calling for a change to the deal’s longer protection periods for certain pharmaceuticals — something Democrats argue will increase drug costs for Americans.

Blumenauer told CNBC Monday that, despite the Trump administration’s wish to ratify the agreement quickly, Congressional timelines are “fluid” and House Democrats are not bound by “artificial deadlines.”

Freeland said she wouldn’t make any predictions about how U.S. lawmakers will behave, but added she’s heard from many American legislators who share Canada’s view that the tariffs are bad for both countries.


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The Facebook livestreaming and subsequent widespread sharing of a shooting that killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is raising questions about social media firms’ abilities and responsibilities to stop their platforms from being used to propagate hate and inspire violence.

The attack during Friday prayers on March 15 was recorded and livestreamed on Facebook, apparently by the attacker, until police contacted the social media company to remove the video.

Philip Mai, director of business and communications at Ryerson University’s Social Media Lab, said it does appear that the original video was taken down faster than in previous incidents like this.

But he noted that it still took some time because it required police to intervene.

“By then, the damage has already been done,” he said.

The video, 17 minutes long at its full length, was subsequently shared on various social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube, for hours, despite police appeals not to share the videos and social platforms’ reported attempts to stamp out circulating copies.

BuzzFeed tech reporter Ryan Mac reported that he was will seeing copies circulating 18 hours later.

Mai said social media sites are often able to remove content such as music videos that they believe violate someone’s copyright far more proactively and automatically, using artificial intelligence.

And Facebook announced Friday that it was planning to use artificial intelligence to automatically flag “revenge porn” for removal.

“The technology’s there,” Mai said. “But for whatever reason, this kind of thing is not being flagged as quickly as other types of content.”

He acknowledged that live videos are unique and may be harder to detect and flag than content like music videos, but he said there have been enough such incidents to program a computer to watch for certain patterns.

Need for regulation?

However, putting in place such a system, along with a process for people to appeal removal, and hiring humans to make the final call could be expensive, he added. It’s something companies may choose not to do if it isn’t required by law.

I think that governments should be looking into laws and have a public debate as to what responsibility these companies have,” he said. “What does society want from these companies and what do we need to impose on them?”

Stephanie Carver, an assistant professor of international affairs who researches terrorism, told CBC News Network she thinks that governments should be asking more questions of social media companies and their role in making it easy to share extremist information.

While many social media companies have started taking Islamist extremist content more seriously and dealing with it, she said, “they’ve been far less willing” to do that with far-right extremism, and governments should ask why.

“And do we need some kind of regulation going forward that … not just forces them to adhere to the law, but to their own stated standards about violence and hateful rhetoric?” she said.




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Prospective pot shop owners around the province are hoping Friday is their lucky day.

That’s the day that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will hold a draw to determine who gets the first 25 cannabis retail licences.

A week out from the lottery, questions remain about the system’s impact on Ontario’s black market, how the new stores will be spread across the province, and what kinds of candidates will end up winning out. 

To get some clarity, Metro Morning host Matt Galloway spoke with provincial Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. 

Questions and answers have been edited and condensed.


Matt Galloway: Why will there only be 25 stores selling legal cannabis in this province come April?

Vic Fedeli: Prime Minister Trudeau said the biggest challenge with legalization has been their own supply shortage. That is just a plain fact. We looked at how many stores could we possibly bring cannabis supply in for, and the number is 25.

That’s why we’ve gone back to the federal government and told them, review your approval process, we need more product. You legalized this on October 17 and didn’t have the amount of product able to satisfy the demand.

MG: The private retail model was meant to curb or eliminate the black market. People are still going to want to buy weed. For people who can’t get to one of the 25 stores, do you worry that this will add fuel to that black market?

VF: We have the Ontario Cannabis Store online, so you can continue — as people do by the thousands — to purchase online every day.

You have to think about this as a brand new business. Cannabis was prohibited for more than 100 years. Now that prohibition is off we’ve only been in the business a couple of months.

We started with a cautious approach. We opened online first and said we’d open the retail stores once we saw what was out there.

Other provinces that jumped into it are now facing businesses that will have to close or businesses that actually are closing during the day and are suffering because of it.

Yes, we wanted to open more stores, but if there’s no supply for them, how can you in good conscience open a store.

MG: Why are you deciding who gets to open the stores through a lottery?

VF: That’s the fairest way to do it. No matter what you do, there are going to be people who are not going to be happy.

MG: Is there a risk of selecting candidates who have no retail experience, or no experience selling or managing cannabis?

VF: We’ve got the AGCO [Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario] who will do the licensing and we know they’re going to give the retail operator licences to the most qualified people as well in that grouping that win. They’ll make sure that these are qualified people before they grant their licence.

MG: But can you pick winners if it’s a lottery?

VF: When their name is picked they must be able to be qualified as well. You have to be over 19, and all the other qualifications. You can find all the qualifications on the AGCO website.


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Next year, Statistics Canada is going to be asking 250,000 Canadian households some personal questions it has never asked before — and answering them honestly is mandatory.

The agency is conducting what it calls a “pilot” census next May and June to road-test questionnaires and procedures for the next full-scale census, set for 2021.

After more than a year of consultations with data users, Statistics Canada has decided to add detailed personal questions – and needs to be sure they are properly answered to ensure the test is valid.

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada (Statistics Canada), made the 2019 pilot census mandatory, in an official notice that said a voluntary pilot would be “inconclusive.” (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

That’s why Canada’s chief statistician, Anil Arora, has invoked a little-used power in the Statistics Act to declare that the pilot census next year is a “mandatory request for information.”

Anyone who refuses to complete a mandatory census questionnaire, or “knowingly gives false or misleading information or practises any other deception,” can be fined up to $500. (In late 2017, Parliament eliminated the former penalty: up to three months in jail.)

Arora justified his decision to make the pilot census mandatory in a September notice he sent to Industry Minister Navdeep Bains. “Voluntary tests in 2019,” he told the minister, “could yield inaccurate or inconclusive findings for many of the proposed changes to questionnaire content.”

CBC News obtained the notice under the Access to Information Act.

Statistics Canada canvassed academics and other users of census data from September 2017 to February 2018 on the new questions to be added in 2021. A report on the findings is to be published in the fall of next year.

Agency spokesperson Peter Frayne declined to provide the new questions to CBC News, calling them a “work-in-progress.”

But Arora’s notice to Bains indicates they deal with sex and gender, among other topics.

“Many of the content changes proposed for 2021 affect smaller population groups (transgender, non-binary, same-sex couples; language rights-holders; ethnic groups; residents with work or student visas; Indigenous populations, etc.),” he wrote.

Veterans, religion

Frayne said the new questions will also deal with veterans, general health status, religion, skills related to digital technology, and small changes will be made to questions asked in previous census years.

Under the Statistics Act, the federal cabinet must approve the final set of questions for the 2021 census but the questions for the 2019 pilot need only be approved by the agency itself.

Statistics Canada has conducted similar pre-census tests before, but a much wider range of personal questions is slated for 2019.

The agency recently stoked controversy when news emerged that it planned to collect banking and credit information from banks on some 500,000 Canadians — part of another pilot project slated for 2019.

Arora later suspended the project while Canada’s privacy commissioner investigated, a process that office says will take months. The stalled financial data pilot was not a direct survey of Canadians, unlike a census.

A spokesperson for Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said the office has been alerted to the 2019 census pilot.

“We have had some very preliminary discussions with Statistics Canada about the 2019 census test and they have undertaken to get back to us with more information,” Corey Larocque said in an email.

Answers are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act and are kept strictly confidential.– Statistics Canada spokesman Peter Frayne

In the last year, Arora authorized three other mandatory surveys — two of them compelling businesses to provide data on mineral production and another related to global-supply chains.

On Jan. 25, 2018, the agency published its standards on definitions and usage for sex and gender, which will inform its coming census questions.

Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for Statistics Canada, received the mandatory notice from Arora in September. The pilot census will contain many new personal questions. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

“Gender refers to the gender that a person internally feels … and/or the gender a person publicly expresses … in their daily life, including at work, while shopping or accessing other services, in their housing environment or in the broader community,” says the standard for gender of person.

“Sex and gender refer to two different concepts. Caution should be exercised when comparing counts for sex with those for gender. For example, female sex is not the same as female gender.”

The last census in 2016 did not give Canadians the option of responding to the sex question in a non-binary fashion: the only acceptable answers were ‘male’ and ‘female’.

Frayne said the 2019 pilot census will employ electronic and paper formats, and some households will receive personal visits. The results will be kept “strictly confidential,” he added.

Previous breaches

CBC News reported earlier this year that Statistics Canada lost hundreds of sensitive files during the 2016 census process. Incident reports obtained through the Access to Information Act detailed 20 cases of information and privacy breaches by Statistics Canada.

The Conservative government of Stephen Harper in 2010 cancelled Statistics Canada’s long-form census, scheduled for 2011, for which some households were required to provide more detailed information than in the standard census questionnaire.

Then-industry minister Tony Clement, in the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, cancelled the long-form census for 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

“We do not believe it is appropriate to compel Canadians to divulge extensive private and personal information,” Tony Clement, then-industry minister, said at the time in justifying the move.

“We do not believe Canadians should be forced under threat of fines, jail, or both to divulge the answers to questions such as these: How many sick days did you take last year? Were you paid for those? What were your total payments for your primary dwelling last year? Do you have any broken floor tiles in need of repair in your bathroom?”

The Liberal government reversed the decision and reinstated the long-form census for 2016.

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand the province’s lucrative offshore oil and gas industry got a nasty jolt on Nov. 16.

Amid a fierce winter storm, an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean from Husky Energy’s SeaRose platform, about 350 kilometres from St. John’s.

It was the largest spill in the history of the province’s offshore industry, and has prompted calls for regulatory change.

Critics are calling for tighter control of the industry, just as the province moves to expand the size and range of offshore drilling, and fast.

“This incident, we hope it will shine a light on the laws and how we undertake offshore oil and gas in Canada and how we regulate it if and when it proceeds,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

“If they are going to undertake this large industrial activity in the rough waters of the North Atlantic there has to be a better regulatory scheme.”

Gretchen Fitzgerald is Atlantic director of the Sierra Club of Canada. (Robert Short/CBC)

There are currently four platforms producing oil off Newfoundland: Hibernia, Hebron, Terra Nova and SeaRose.

Expansion plans include a proposed 100 new exploration wells and over 650,000 barrels of oil per day by the year 2030.

This long-term vision also includes “shortened time from prospectivity to production.”

Going deeper

The expansion will also take the industry into uncharted territory with its first deepwater drilling site at Bay du Nord in the Flemish Pass, after announcing an agreement with Norway’s Equinor earlier this summer.

The remote Bay du Nord parcel, about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s, lies in more than 1,100 metres of water — 10 times deeper than the SeaRose, the current deepest site.

Premier Dwight Ball called the announcement a “new frontier” for the province’s offshore industry, but deepwater expansion also raises fresh concerns about worker safety and the possibility of a swift cleanup if another spill were to occur.

Oil royalties promise a much-needed economic boost for the financially strapped province.

A report this month from the Conference Board of Canada predicts Newfoundland and Labrador will lead all provinces in economic growth in 2019, just a year after having the weakest economic outlook in 2018, with oil revenue getting all the credit.

Recommendations will be implemented, premier says

In an interview, Ball said the November spill was “unfortunate” and reiterated his government’s prioritization of worker and environmental safety.

The premier said his government would consider regulatory changes, including more transparent, public and accessible summaries of operators’ safety plans, based on the findings of the SeaRose investigation.

“Once this investigation is done and completed, if there’s changes that will need to be made, we’re more than willing to implement those changes,” Ball said.

Dwight Ball says the government is committed to implementing any changes that come from the investigation into Husky’s spill on Nov. 16. (Katie Breen/CBC)

The premier said his government is looking to other jurisdictions around the world as it plans to expand its industry and prepare for potential incidents in the future.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) regulates the industry’s development in the province, as well as its safety and environmental responsibilities.

The spill occurred as Husky began to restart production on Nov. 16 as the storm began to wane — a decision that was up to the company, not the offshore board.

Operators like Husky are responsible for following their own internal safety and environmental plans that are approved by the board, which monitors and investigates if things go wrong.

Production on the SeaRose remains halted as the offshore board investigates whether the company followed its own internal procedures.

You should never use this word around safety, but we just felt that we got lucky.– Lana Payne, Unifor

Husky provides its procedures to the board, but a Husky spokesperson told The Canadian Press in an email that the company “does not disclose its specific operating procedures publicly for security and commercial reasons.

Critics say operator transparency is a key area of possible reform, especially as the industry braces for expansion into even riskier conditions.

Ball said his government is giving Equinor time to properly assess the deepwater drilling site before construction is tentatively slated to begin in 2020.

He said his government will look to other jurisdictions as it prepares for new deepwater ventures, adding that he considers the industry’s track record to be fairly clean over the long term.

“Our track record when you look at it is pretty solid,” said Ball.

Pair of offshore tragedies

The province’s offshore industry doesn’t have a history of multiple major oil spills, but it has been marked by devastating tragedies.

The memory of the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster still haunts the province. An offshore rig sank during an intense storm, claiming the lives of all 84 people on board.

In March 2009, Cougar Flight 491 crashed into the ocean while carrying workers and staff to the oil fields, killing 17 of the 18 people on board.

After an inquiry into helicopter safety, commissioner Robert Wells in 2010 called Newfoundland’s offshore conditions “probably the harshest in the offshore world,” citing bitterly cold water, high winds, sea ice, fog, severe sea states and long helicopter flights.

Unifor wants separate board for safety

Wells recommended establishing a stand-alone, independent safety regulator for the province’s offshore industry.

The recommendation was echoed by the provincial NDP after the recent SeaRose spill, asking the premier to establish a separate safety and environmental board similar to those in Norway and the United Kingdom.

Lana Payne, Atlantic regional director for Unifor, which represents about 700 offshore oil workers on the Hibernia and Terra Nova rigs, said the industry has seen some safety improvements since the helicopter safety inquiry.

Lana Payne is the Atlantic regional director for Unifor. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

But she said the union still sees room for more — including establishing a separate safety and environmental board, especially in light of the recent close call.

“You should never use this word around safety, but we just felt that we got lucky,” Payne said.

There were 81 people on board the SeaRose at the time of the spill, and while there were no injuries, the incident called to mind another safety incident on the same rig not long ago.

There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the system to get things done quickly, and when you do that in an environment like the offshore things can go amiss– Lana Payne, Unifor

An investigation by the offshore board found the company failed to follow its ice management plan during a 2017 near-miss with a large iceberg. The rig was not disconnected as the iceberg approached, with 84 people and upwards of 340,000 barrels of crude oil onboard.

Fitzgerald thinks Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans should have regulatory power, to ensure people with more environmental expertise oversee the industry.

More federal involvement in the industry would also help keep national environmental priorities like climate change and protecting endangered species in view, Fitzgerald said.

Payne said at a minimum, the regulator needs more expertise and staffing for the rapidly expanding sector.

“There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the system to get things done quickly, and when you do that in an environment like the offshore things can go amiss,” Payne said.

“We’ve got to do everything possible here to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador


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A Chinese government spokesman has sidestepped questions about a report that its spies inserted chips into computer equipment that might allow them to hack into U.S. companies and government agencies.

Do you feel that you still need China to respond to these statements?– Lu Kang, Chinese government spokesman

The spokesman, Lu Kang, responded to questions Monday from reporters by directing them to statements by the equipment supplier and customers including Apple and Amazon. Those companies denied any knowledge the equipment had been altered.

Lu said, “Do you feel that you still need China to respond to these statements?”

Bloomberg News cited unidentified U.S. officials as saying malicious chips were inserted into equipment supplied by Super Micro Computer Inc. to American companies and government agencies.

Bloomberg said the components included code that caused the products to accept changes to their software and to connect to outside computers.

On Sunday, Apple Inc’s top security officer told Congress on Sunday that it had found no sign of suspicious transmissions or other evidence that it had been penetrated in a sophisticated attack on its supply chain. (REUTERS)

On Sunday, Apple Inc’s top security officer told Congress on Sunday that it had found no sign of suspicious transmissions or other evidence that it had been penetrated in a sophisticated attack on its supply chain. 

Apple Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos wrote in a letter to the Senate and House commerce committees that the company had repeatedly investigated and found no evidence for the main points in a Bloomberg Businessweek article published on Thursday, including that chips inside servers sold to Apple by Super Micro Computer Inc allowed for backdoor transmissions to China.

The letter follows statements on Friday by Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre and on Saturday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that those agencies have no reason to doubt denials from Apple and Amazon.com Inc that they had discovered backdoored chips.

Bloomberg said on Friday it stood by its story, which was based on 17 anonymous sources.


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Miss something this week? Don’t panic. CBC’s Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.

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Why the protest over more U.S. milk in Canada?

It’s mainly because of a hormone given to some U.S. cows, rBST, to increase milk production. It wasn’t approved for use in Canada because of concerns over possible health effects on cows. Milk containing rBST is already sold here and different labels aren’t required. If you want all-Canadian milk, look for a blue-and-white Dairy Farmers of Canada logo.

More online shopping is duty free

If you shop online you might be relieved to learn that the amount you can buy duty free from the U.S. and bring into Canada has been increased under the new USMCA (NAFTA 2.0) from $20 to $150. And more good news, you can now spend up to $40 before paying sales taxes.

Under the USMCA the amount you can buy from the U.S. and bring into Canada duty free has been increased. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

New, cheap flights to Mexico

One of Canada’s ultra-low-cost airlines is now offering flights to Mexico. Swoop has started selling flights from Hamilton or Abbotsford, B.C., to Puerto Vallarta for $159. Of course, that base fare doesn’t include additional costs for luggage, Wi-Fi or premium seat selection. The sunny-destination flights start in January.

Ultra-low-cost airline Swoop will offer flights to Mexico starting in January. (Canadian Press/WestJet)

How much pot can you pack? 

Once it’s legalized on Oct. 17, travellers can bring 30 grams of cannabis on domestic flights. Wonder how much that is? Well, that’s 60 joints that can be legally stashed in your bags (if you’re joints are half-grams). “I expected it to be a lot more strict, so 30 grams is awesome,” the regional manager of B.C. dispensary Weeds says.

Canadians will be able to bring up to 30 grams of marijuana on domestic flights once cannabis is legalized Oct. 17. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

What else is going on

A malware attack forced many chain restaurants to close earlier this week. Restaurants hit by the outage included Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Milestones, Kelseys, Montana’s, Bier Markt and East Side Mario’s.

Rising interest rates and debt levels aren’t putting the brakes on plans for holiday spending, according to an annual report from accounting firm PwC. It found consumers will spend an average of $1,563 this year, up 3.7 per cent from 2017. Most of the money reportedly goes toward travel, followed by gifts and entertainment.

This week in recalls and warnings

There are concerns about the airbag inflators on some Honda vehicles; Some EpiPen injectors may not work properly; This EQ3 chair could break from its stem; Loblaws chicken fries could contain salmonella and there are packaging concerns with these frozen vegetables.

Watch this week: The truth about trampoline parks 

In a national hidden camera investigation, Marketplace tests trampoline park safety and gets to the legal truth behind signing your family’s rights away on those waivers


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