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Jukasa News Update Friday, September 27, 2019


A legal battle over Ontario’s licensing system for retail cannabis stores focused Wednesday on the steps taken by the province to contact a number of applicants who were later disqualified for failing to file documents by a certain date.
The group of 11 applicants is challenging the rejection and disputing the fairness of the procedures involved in the lottery that has been used to grant all of Ontario’s pot shop licences.
At a hearing in Toronto, the group’s lawyers argued Wednesday that under the rules set out by the provincial agency overseeing the process, those who win the chance to apply must submit certain documents within five business days once they are notified of their selection.

A new survey from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation suggests that one in four adults in the province has bought legal cannabis _ and 20 per cent of those buyers were new to the drug.
The survey, conducted for the NSLC by the polling firm Narrative Research, also found that almost half of legal cannabis buyers were between the ages of 19 and 34.
The survey also identified areas of potential improvement, including the price of cannabis products.
NSLC president Greg Hughes says the results will help inform how the Crown corporation integrates the sale of edibles, extracts and topicals when they become legal.

Indigenous people are spending fewer nights in homeless shelters than non-Indigenous users, a finding from federal researchers who warn in internal documents that the result points to more problematic _ or even insidious _ issues in the country’s housing system.
The study found that no matter the community, Indigenous people were over-represented in emergency shelters, making up about 30 per cent of users despite only being about five per cent of the national population.
They stayed more often, but for fewer nights _ almost five fewer nights per year, on average _ which federal researchers say isn’t “necessarily a positive outcome.”
Underlying that concern was that Indigenous users were less likely to stop using shelters because they had found more stable places to live, with almost one-third instead leaving for “whereabouts unknown”.

More than a year after A&W became the first Canadian fast-food chain to sell the Beyond Meat burger, McDonald’s Canada is set to roll out a limited pilot of the plant-based patty to test its customer’s appetite for vegetarian eats.
The sandwich, dubbed the PLT, makes its 12-week debut as consumer demand for alternative proteins ramps up and eateries race to include trendy veggie burgers on their menus. McDonald’s test is late to the game, but industry watchers say it’s likely to resonate with diners despite one national chain recently pulling the burger from its menus due to lacklustre sales.
At food-service locations in Canada, not including grocery stores, sales of veggie sandwiches and burgers are up more than 15 per cent so far this year, according to the firm’s research. Over the last 12 months, more than 20 million vegetarian burgers were served in the country.

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