PEDIATRICIANS WANT YOUTH PROTECTED FROM POT
The Canadian Paediatric Society is urging the federal government to take steps to protect children and youth should it follow through on its plan to legalize recreational marijuana next year. In a position statement released today, the CPS is recommending there be an age restriction for the purchase of pot and that the ingredient in cannabis that causes people to get high be restricted in products sold to young people.
LAWREN HARRIS PAINTING SELLS FOR A RECORD $11.2M
The Lawren Harris painting “Mountain Forms” smashed the Canadian art record Wednesday by selling for over $11.2 million, more than double the previous record set in 2002. Heffel Fine Art Auction House had estimated the 1926 oil canvas would fetch between $3 million and $5 million. The buyer had bid the price of the landscape painting up to $9.5 million, but an 18 per cent buyer’s premium boosted the final tally to $11,210,000.
FEDS TO INTRODUCE ELECTORAL REFORM BILL
The Trudeau government is poised to introduce a bill today that will deliver on some key Liberal promises to reform Canada’s election laws, even as suspicion lingers that they may renege on the biggest: replacing the country’s first-past-the-post voting system. The bill is expected to restore the right to vote to expatriates who’ve lived outside the country for more than five years.
REPORT PUSHES FEDS FOR CHILD BENEFIT CHANGES
An anti-poverty group is calling on the federal government to make a small change to its key measure to combat child poverty rates to ensure families aren’t left behind as the cost of living rises. In its annual report to be released today, the group Campaign 2000 says the Liberal government’s new income-tested child benefit could fall short of its lofty goals because it isn’t automatically adjusted to combat rising food and housing prices.