Five stories in the news for Thursday, June 21
10-17 IS THE NEW 4-20
Canadians will have to wait until Oct. 17 — one month longer than expected — before they’ll be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date Wednesday during the last question period in the House of Commons before MPs departed for a three-month summer break. He said the government delayed the timetable for lifting the almost century-old prohibition on marijuana at the request of three of the larger provinces, including Quebec, which asked for more time to make the transition to a legal regime for regulating the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis.
LIBERALS TABLE ACCESSIBILITY BILL
Canadians with disabilities felt a surge of tempered optimism on Wednesday as they watched Canada table its first piece of federal legislation aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities. Disabled residents and advocacy organizations said the introduction of the Accessible Canada Act marked a key step towards greater inclusion and contained several critical points community members had named as priorities during a lengthy cross-country consultation process that helped shape the new bill.
TRUDEAU: DETAINING CHILDREN ‘WRONG,’ ‘UNACCEPTABLE’
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added his voice Wednesday to the global chorus condemning the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border — a practice the U.S. president abruptly reversed later in the day with the stroke of a pen. Trudeau had been under pressure to condemn the so-called “zero-tolerance policy,” under which asylum seekers who cross illegally into the U.S. are charged with federal crimes and separated from their children, who are detained in guarded, fenced enclosures. He’d remained largely silent on the issue, saying only that he did not want to “play politics” on immigration policy. On Wednesday, however, his position shifted, just hours before Trump appeared to capitulate to political pressure by reversing course with an executive order.
FEDS BREW UP NEW NATIONAL BEER STANDARDS
Federal officials are proposing changes to national beer standards that would widen the number of ingredients permitted in a pint and force brewers to list every ingredient on a can or bottle. Even the Canadian definition of “beer” would change. The changes would mark a major overhaul of beer standards introduced more than 30 years ago, but they must first go through public consultations quietly launched days ago.
NORWEGIAN AIR SPREADING WINGS TO CANADA
One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines is spreading its wings to Canada this fall, as Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA enters the country’s increasingly crowded travel market. The airline plans to launch flights from Montreal to islands in the French Caribbean this fall. Three days per week winter service to Guadeloupe starts Oct. 29 and to Martinique on Nov. 1. Because it is a European carrier, Norwegian can fly to other European territories in the Caribbean with flights originating from Canada.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna participates in an armchair discussion as part of the Women Rule Summit in Brussels.
— Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford makes an announcement at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.
— The case of former Winnipeg TV news director Stephen Vogelsang, who is charged in a series of bank robberies, is scheduled to appear in court in Medicine Hat, Alta.
— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in an announcement with First Nations leaders in Prince Rupert, B.C., on National Indigenous Peoples Day.
— A special prosecutor in Vancouver appeals the acquittal of James Oler, who was found not guilty of removing a child from Canada for a sexual purpose.
— The NBA Draft is held in Brooklyn.