Jukasa News Update Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Pot growers oppose plain packaging
Cannabis producers are opposing a call from an Ottawa task force for plain packaging and a ban on advertising marijuana.
Plain packaging is being pushed in the Senate for all tobacco products in Canada to help reduce smoking.
Licenced producers are arguing that medical marijuana is not as dangerous as tobacco, and say advertising is necessary to bring consumers out of an unregulated street market and into the legal industry.
Province to investigate mercury poisioning
Ontario says it will do more testing for mercury around the Grassy Narrows community.
An old paper mill near Dryden has contaminated the water and soil nearby for over 50 years after 9000 kilograms of mercury was dumped into the Wabigoon and English Rivers in the 1960s.
Officials say mercury is present in the river system’s fish and say 90% of the community members show signs of mercury poisoning.
Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister David Zimmer said in a statement they are committed to identifying all contaminated sites and implementing a comprehensive remediation action plan for the English Wabigoon River.
Male teen arrested with arson
OPP have charged a male youth with arson after a fire in a shipping container in Haldimand County.
The fire broke out along Highway 6 on Friday.
Haldimand County Fire Services quickly extinguished the fire and confirmed there were no injuries.
A male youth was located near the scene and arrested by police.
OPP continue to investigate the involvement of a second male youth.
Police determined the youth was also responsible for additional acts of arson in the area dating back to November 2016.
His identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
He will appear in court to face the charges at a later date.
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