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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Marijuana industry uses cross-border beer case to argue against provincial monopolies

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Marijuana industry uses cross-border beer case to argue against provincial monopolies

Sep 27 2017

The marijuana industry is using an upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case dealing with cross-border alcohol limits as an opportunity to argue against provincial government monopoly distribution models for recreational marijuana once it’s legal. If provincial restrictions are onerous, the existing illegal industry will “likely thrive,” Cannabis Culture warns in

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Tracadie man’s beer case before Supreme Court overflows with potential interveners

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Tracadie man’s beer case before Supreme Court overflows with potential interveners

Sep 26 2017

The Supreme Court case of a New Brunswick man who loaded 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor into his car and drove home from Quebec has a wide range of businesses, organizations and associations across the country jostling to have a say at the hearing later this

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Justin Ling: Here’s the gear Canadian cops buy when they seize your assets

Justin Ling: Here’s the gear Canadian cops buy when they seize your assets

Sep 13 2017

Over the last four years, cops in British Columbia have seized more than $30 million through a legal process known as civil forfeiture, using that cash to fund program, hire staff, purchase vehicles, and host conferences. VICE News has obtained an up-to-date breakdown of where all that money is going.

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Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Aug 12 2017

One of the motivations behind the founding of the Canadian federation was that, with the United States rejecting free-trade deals, there needed to be a unified market between the future provinces of Canada. Since then, Canadians have been free to move and live anywhere in the country, and it is

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Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Aug 08 2017

This is a story about beer and business, and what happens when they’re mixed with politics. Mostly, though, it’s about what happened to Calgary couple Mike Tessier and Bo Vitanov when they opened their own beer importing agency — and saw their business side-swiped by government policy designed to help

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Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Jul 30 2017

An expert panel has determined Alberta’s rebate program for small Alberta brewers is “discriminatory” and violates Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Now they’re asking the province to change its policies to comply with the agreement within six months. The panel is assembled under the AIT to adjudicate disputes, which

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Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Jul 30 2017

The Alberta government is being urged to scrap its craft beer tax after a trade panel ruled the levy is illegal. On Friday, a three-member panel ruled the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade.

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Lauren Heuser: Canada resists health-care reform, despite overwhelming evidence we need it

Lauren Heuser: Canada resists health-care reform, despite overwhelming evidence we need it

Jul 28 2017

On Monday, President Trump urged Republicans to “do the right thing” and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, legislation that extended health-care coverage to millions. The “right thing?” many Canadians are surely wondering, incredulously, given how thoroughly we’ve convinced ourselves of the merits of our own universal health care

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C.D. Howe Institute – Calling a Tariff a Tariff: Strike down Alberta’s Barriers on Beer

C.D. Howe Institute – Calling a Tariff a Tariff: Strike down Alberta’s Barriers on Beer

Jun 30 2017

Who would have guessed that the question of what kind of beer Canadians enjoy and the reason for this long weekend are so clearly entwined with constitutional declarations made 150 years ago. Canadians can raise a glass to our founders this weekend, and make a toast to their support of

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