Three people are facing break and enter charges after an incident at a business in Clarence Rockland last weekend. Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a call shortly after midnight on Saturday, , for a break-in in progress on County Road 17. Police said facing charges are 22 year old Sabastien Proulx-Taillefer and 24 year old Jonathan Proulx-Taillefer, both of Plantagenet, and 21 year old Alexandra Groleau of Gatineau.
With an expected influx of new users once recreational pot is legalized, industry insiders are predicting big demand for less potent products. A report by Deloitte forecasts that legalization will bring in more risk-averse and older consumers who are less likely to consume marijuana as often as existing recreational users. Newer recreational customers will typically be 35 to 54 years old, and three-quarters of them will have some experience with recreational pot — while only 41 per cent will have used it in the last five years.
Meanwhile the mayors of Prescott and Russell counties still wonder what the government’s legalization of recreational marijuana use, which takes effect in mid-October is going to mean for day-to-day life in their communities. Counties council members spent about half an hour during their Wednesday morning session listing concerns they had. They discussed whether or not municipalities will have a say about any plans to set up government or private sector marijuana retail outlets in their areas, the impact on policing costs for dealing with people who may drive while intoxicated from smoking marijuana, and other issues.
Responding to pressure from the Opposition Conservatives, the Trudeau Liberals have agreed to increase the amount of money political parties can spend in the run-up to a federal election. One part of Bill C-76, which has been held up since the spring, proposes to cap party spending on advertising at 1.5-million dollars during the pre-writ period, which angered the Tories. The government agreed to increase the spending limit to two-million dollars per party, while the Tories agreed to allow a clause-by-clause study of the bill.
The threat remains of a work stoppage at Canada Post after the union representing postal workers called the latest contract offers from the corporation “disappointing.” Officials with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers say the two separate offers tabled for rural and urban carriers included very small steps toward resolving some key issues.