Don Cayo: Canada’s Airports Still Falling Short Of Their Potential

Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images A new free market for medical marijuana in Canada will replace small growers with large-scale indoor farms. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images Canada is ushering in what it projects to be a $1.3 billion medical marijuana free market this week, as it replaces small and homegrown pot production with quality-controlled marijuana produced by large farms. The market could eventually serve up to 450,000 Canadians, according to government estimates. As Toronto’s Globe and Mail explains, a transition phase began Monday that will allow more price fluctuation and phase out home and small-scale production. “In its place, large indoor marijuana farms certified by the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and health inspectors will produce, package and distribute a range of standardized weed, all of it sold for whatever price the market will bear,” the newspaper reports. “The first sales are expected in the next few weeks, delivered directly by secure courier.” Large-scale growers have begun applying for licenses to produce marijuana; one Ontario company hopes to grow cannabis in an old Hershey chocolate plant, Reuters reported last week. At least two large growers have already received their licenses. The free market will likely establish a price of around $7.60 per gram of dried marijuana bud, according to “Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” posted by Canada’s health department. (And if you’re wondering about that spelling, it follows a precedent set in Canada’s controlled substances law.) The health agency projects that the legal marijuana supply industry “could grow to more than $1.3 billion per year in annual sales” within 10 years. Officials say the illegal cannabis market “represents a multibillion dollar per year industry.” The Canadian government says the new plan will also reduce its own costs, on a website explaining some of the changes. “The current program costs Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars each year because the $5/gram charged to program participants who choose to purchase from Health Canada is heavily subsidized,” Health Canada says.

Citizens of Canada’s ‘entitlement state’ pay too much tax, get little value in return, author Mark Milke says

In the new edition, Mr. Milke argues that jurisdictions that hinder the resource sector are in fact hampering their efforts to pay for increasingly pricey pensions and programs. Related Another twist to fitness tax credit Theres a lack of understanding about what brings home the economic bacon in Canada, and it aint windmills and it aint hiring more government workers. Its men and women who are in the resource sector. Even Alberta is moving to address public-sector pension liabilities. In Newfoundland, Mr. Milke said, the government recently allocated $2-billion to the teachers pension fund. That was the equivalent of two-and-a-half years of personal income tax revenue in the province, he said. Ontario did the same thing. The Ontario government will be putting $2.1-billion into the Ontario public service pension plan that $2.1-billion could buy a subway extension in the city of Toronto. That $2.1-billion could buy a subway extension Mr. Milke said the Fathers of Confederation always envisioned Canada as a low-tax haven. They always thought it was a good idea for Canada to have much lower taxes than the U.S. because, even back then, competition for immigration and skilled workers was fierce, he said.

But most of its recommendations deal with things that need not cost much. A major one is to fix the kind of visa problems this column delved into in early September. It called for streamlined visa application processes with electronic authorizations to be used in appropriate countries, enhanced programs to let transiting passengers pass through without visas, and expansion of trusted traveller programs that pre-screen eligible visitors. It also called for Ottawa to pursue liberalization of international air cargo markets, and to improve border and security processing. Only one recommendation was aimed primarily at the provinces. It is to stop taxing jet fuel a something seen as a deterrent for international carriers contemplating new airports to add to their schedule. The good news for YVR is that B.C. already did this in 2012. The provincial finance ministry said at the time that dropping the tax would cost it about $12 million a year in forgone revenue. This isnat a lot in the context of the provincial budget. If it helps boost air traffic, it should be worth it a not just jobs that will be created, but also for the trade, tourism and cultural benefits of better connectivity with the world. As someone who travels far afield fairly often, I try to avoid flights that pass through the U.S. whenever I can. This isnat because of anti-Americanism a it is frustration with things like the ever-more restrictive and irksome baggage policies on U.S. airlines, and the time-consuming and frustrating security procedures.

FedEx Freight Continues Accelerating LTL Shipping To and From Canada

Olympic Committee is taking a page from the red-mittens craze Canada sparked at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The USOC will start selling its own blue mittens with the words “Go USA” embroidered on the palms on Oct. 29. They’ll go for $14 a pair on the USOC website. Proceeds from the sales will help U.S. athletes on their way to Sochi, Russia. USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky acknowledges this isn’t the first time the United States has borrowed an idea from its neighbours to the north. The USOC hopes the mittens will be as big a hit for the U.S. team as they were for Canada. The popular all-red original mittens were a phenomenon during the Vancouver Olympics, with shoppers snatching up the patriotic fashion accessory with such enthusiasm that the trend even reached Oprah Winfrey, who distributed the mitts to her studio audience. _With files from The Canadian Press. USOC

Canada’s Olympic red-mittens craze spreads south of the border

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