Cannabis Legalization: Government Choices Interact with Business Realities to Help or Hinder Policy Goals (Policy Brief #33)

“The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) has partnered with Michael J. Armstrong, an associate professor in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, to explore the business realities of the emerging cannabis industry. Notwithstanding its business focus, this policy brief raises serious questions for municipalities across the country. For the Niagara region, which has seen a wave of interest in cannabis growing, one central consideration is land-use. Municipalities are generally expected and required by law to regulate and strategically manage land-use to advance the economic, environmental, social, and aesthetic welfare of the local community. Not only do these objectives often conflict, but each dimension has multiple interests and stakeholders that contend with each other. With the cannabis industry’s emergence in Niagara, new battle lines may appear over growing and processing site locations, greenhouse conversions, and repurposing of farmlands.

While this brief’s discussion centres on the operational business issues of cannabis product quality, consumer satisfaction, and black-market competition, municipalities simultaneously are making strategic decisions about economic, ecological, social, and aesthetic land-use planning. They are also contending with this emerging industry’s implications for tourism, agribusiness, and bio-life sciences. Similarly, post-secondary institutions need to be part of deliberations about workforce development, entrepreneurship training, and industry-related research and innovation.” – Charles Conteh, Director, Niagara Community Observation

Published By: Niagara Community Observation

Publication Date: April 2018

View Cannabis Legalization Policy Brief

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Niagara Farm Day @ West Niagara Agricultural Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Niagara Farm Day organizers hope this event will become an annual opportunity for families to spend time learning about Niagara agriculture and its important contribution to our food supply and the local economy.

Visitors to Niagara Farm Day will be able to visit with a number of primary producers who will each have a display featuring the primary focus of their farm. This will include dairy, bees, horse, beef, grains & oilseeds, flowers and more. Plans are also under way to allow visitors to experience a virtual reality tour of a farm with technology supplied by Farm & Food Care.

As the event draws closer, additional details and additional confirmations of participating commodities will become available. In the meantime, organizers invite everyone to “save the date” and plan to attend a fun agricultural themed family event. A great way to welcome the Spring season.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Federations of Agriculture & West Niagara Agricultural Society.

Apr
22
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Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am

Join Project SHARE for their newest event!

Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location.

Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm.

Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.

Apr
24
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Community Overdose Response Planning @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A public health approach to community overdose response planning works to prevent overdose deaths, promote access to substance use services, and strengthen system responses to promote health equity.

This webinar will:

  • Describe the key elements of a community overdose response plan.
  • Introduce tools to assess a community’s current state and overdose response needs.
  • Describe how to develop and implement a community overdose response plan.

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.

Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities.” (Stats Canada, 2016). Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods.

During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program.

This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Apr
25
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CONNECT 2018 – Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

CONNECT 2018 is Canada’s national learning and technology conference.

CONNECT 2018 will create a unique opportunity for educators, administrators, and technology specialists to CONNECT and engage with peers from across Canada with the goal of exploring how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. With over 2000 educators and administrators, as well as technology industry leaders attending this year, you will have a unique and powerful opportunity to present your teaching methods and products; showcasing new, innovative, and critical thinking, teaching and learning.

This conference is hosted by the District School Board of Niagara.

Special Lecture with Journalist Sally Armstrong – Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter @ Armenian Community Centre
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world.

Sally will share eyewitness accounts of her experiences in many of the world’s conflict zones. Focusing on the plight of women enduring repressive regimes, Sally is an advocate for the struggle to obtain basic human rights for many of the world’s poorest populations. She’ll bring news from Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.

This is a lecture you won’t want to miss. Seating is limited to 250.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Health Privacy Issues on Campus @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Clinical and non-clinical staff on campuses across Ontario support students while navigating and respecting their privacy on a daily basis. At times this can lead to questions and confusion.

This webinar will provide them with information on:

  • How The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and The Health Care Consent Act, 1996 (HCCA) apply to campuses.
  • How common campus scenarios play out play out under Ontario’s privacy and consent legislation.

Presenters:

  • Anna Tersigni Phelan (Chief Privacy, Risk, and Health Information Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington)
  • Meredith Gardiner (Director of Services, Regional, Canadian Mental Health Association)

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

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