Survey: Canadians cite systemic barriers to legal medical cannabis

The vast majority of Canadians who use medicinal cannabis do not consult a health care provider regarding their treatment, a recent survey found.
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Lack of offensive polish haunts Impact again in loss to New York City FC
Montreal, which has a tenuous hold on a playoff position in the Eastern Conference, failed again to win a second consecutive contest, its record now 7-11-2.
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Polls close at 8 p.m. in B.C. election unlike any other
BC NDP Leader John Horgan called a snap election last month, saying the province needs a majority government to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Week in Review: Haute homes, SNL apology, other news
Catch up on all the big stories that happened this week in Montreal. 
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New timber boardwalk pays homage to Gimli’s Icelandic roots
A new timber-made boardwalk now occupies the area behind the Gimli harbour thanks to the Viking Park Connectivity Project.
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While her father rails against ‘idiot’ scientists, Ivanka Trump talks ice cream
The Trump campaign is attempting to deploy the first daughter as a demographic paratrooper targeting at-risk women of the changing suburbs.
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Crescent Heights association disappointed with city’s decision to reopen Calgary road to vehicles
Starting Sunday, Calgary's Crescent Road will reopen to vehicle traffic, to the dismay of many residents in the area.
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Top adviser to Mike Pence tests positive for COVID-19
A top adviser to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.
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SHA to declare COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatoon high school: school division
The health authority will declare an outbreak at Marion Graham Collegiate after two students tested positive, according to the school division.
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Sask. Party candidate Alana Ross self-isolates after a close contact tests positive for COVID-19
Alana Ross is not experiencing any symptoms but will get a COVID-19 test, said the campaign.
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Kelowna pop-punk band releases EP amid coronavirus pandemic
"We are chiselling away the stuff we don't want and figuring out what we want to play and what we want to hear."
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Van bursts into flames at Vancouver City Hall
Thick black smoke from the fire could be seen from kilometres away.
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Meet The Captain Behind The Viral Canadian Forces Twitter Account
The official Twitter account for Canadian Forces stationed in the U.S. (@CAFinUS) has been making waves on social media lately.From a viral post of a photo of Master Seaman Francis Legare kissing his partner Corey Vautour in 2016 as part of efforts to social media efforts to reclaim the term “Proud Boys” from the hate group, to cleverly putting a COVID-19 spin on a retweet sing-a-long with Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, the account’s content is often unforgettable. Its day-to-day tweets commemorate fallen soldiers, share Canadian history — both good and bad — and often offer supportive words or suggestions.Everything will be okay.— Canadian Forces in
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Haiti president rebuffs elections calls by US. Instead, he announces constitution reform
Jovenel Moise says that only after Haitians vote ‘No’ or ‘Yes’ on a new constitution will elections take place.
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Historic Garneau Theatre in Edmonton turns 80
On Oct. 24, 1940, the Garneau Theatre opened its doors at 109 Street and 87 Avenue in Edmonton.
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Colombia becomes second Latin American country to diagnose over 1M coronavirus cases
The nation of 50 million saw cases peak in August and has seen a decline since but still continues to register around 8,000 new infections a day.
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Trucking industry, Regina residents at odds as route removal council debate looms
In their last meeting before the election, Regina city councillors will decide whether or not to ban trucking traffic from a stretch 9 Ave North.
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Crews use vacuum to destroy nest of ‘murder hornets’ in Washington near B.C. border
The nest found in the city of Blaine, Wash., is about the size of a basketball and contained an estimated 100 to 200 hornets, according to scientists who announced the find Friday.
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B.C. election: In-person voters hit polls in the Okanagan
"There's some concern but I'm wearing my mask, staying six feet apart, and doing the best I can,” said one Kelowna resident.
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Montreal community groups honour victims of police killings, call for defunding of police
The coalition wants to see half of the SPVM's $665-million budget reallocated to community groups that they say are better suited to dealing with social crisis issues.
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Unionized CESSCO employees locked out for months over wage and pension disagreement
More than 30 Edmonton workers were locked out at the start of the summer and have been out picketing for months with no clear end in sight.
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B.C. Election 2020: Polling-station workers await voters after many cast early ballots during pandemic
More than a million of B.C.'s 3.5 million registered voters had cast their ballots in advance or by mail-in ballot
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Trump privately told donors it'll be 'tough' for Republicans to keep Senate: WP report
U.S. President Donald Trump privately told donors that it will be 'very tough' for Republicans to keep control of the Senate chamber in the upcoming election, namely because Trump refuses to support some senators, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
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At least 6 children killed after gunmen storm school in Cameroon
It was unclear if the attack was linked to an ongoing struggle between the army and groups seeking to form a breakaway state called Ambazonia in the English-speaking west.
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Data suggests 2020 could see a surge in young U.S. voters
Polling data ​and high levels of voter engagement indicate 2020 may bring out a wave of young voters in the U.S. election, experts say.
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Outpouring of support for Share the Warmth after truck breaks down
Share the Warmth has seen an outpouring of support since their truck broke down a week ago.
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Ontario Considers Expanding Restrictions As New COVID Cases Hit Record High
Politicians from a Toronto-area region facing the prospect of stricter public health measures pleaded for an exemption on Saturday, arguing the local COVID-19 case load isn’t on par with numbers in other hot spots that drove Ontario’s total to a new single-day high.The 978 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours marks the largest number of new diagnoses recorded in a 24-hour period since the global pandemic was declared in March. Ontario also recorded six new deaths linked to the novel coronavirus. The bulk of the new cases remained concentrated in the long-standing hot spots of Ottawa, Toronto and the neighbouring regions of York and Peel. The Ontario government moved all four of those districts back to a modified Stage 2 of the provincial pandemic recovery plan over the past few weeks, citing rising case numbers, and raised the idea of tightening restrictions on the nearby region of Halton as well in the coming days. Premier Doug Ford said Friday that officials would review the situation in Halton, Durham Region and other areas where case numbers are climbing and outline next steps on Monday. But municipal and provincial politicians with ties to Halton, including members of the province’s governing Progressive Conservative party, issued a letter on Saturday imploring public health officials to spare the region west of Toronto from widespread restrictions.“There is no evidence to suggest that moving Halton to a modified Phase 2 will have any meaningful impact on reducing case counts,” reads the letter to Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams. “One thing that is certain, is that many people and businesses can not financially withstand another shutdown.”The letter cited Halton’s comparatively low case figures and hospitalization rates as the basis for the collective plea. Saturday’s data showed 21 new cases in Halton compared to 348 in Toronto, 170 in Peel and 141 in York. It also argued that measures already implemented within the region have been effective, including restrictions on the use of municipal facilities for sports and fitness and requests that people from hot spots avoid non-essential travel to the area. The group also called for Williams to offer further clarity on the criteria for both imposing and lifting public health restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus.The mayors of Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills and Milton, along with Halton’s regional chair, have also appealed to the premier with a similar request.The mayors co-signed a letter to Ford on Saturday saying the rationale for blanket restrictions is unclear. They argue the move would unfairly punish small businesses in the region and hurt the local economy.A spokeswoman from the premier’s office did not respond directly to the mayors’ letter, but described COVID-19 case numbers in Halton and elsewhere in the province as “concerning.” “As we have done in the past, we will continue to provide a clear account of the data and evidence if and when a region needs to be moved into modified Stage 2,” Ivana Yelich said in a statement.RELATED Ontario's Rapid COVID Tests Will Go To Remote Communities First: Officials Staff Shortages A ‘Systemic Issue’ At Hard-Hit Ottawa Care Home: Families Economists Slash Forecasts For Canada As Second Wave Takes Hold The rising provincial case load, meanwhile, drew sharp criticism from the head of Ontario’s official Opposition on Saturday. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath attributed the record-high case increase to what she described as poor leadership by the premier, calling the situation avoidable.“It never should have come to this,” Horwath said in a statement. “Doug Ford’s refusal to invest in stopping the growth of the second wave is costing us so much more – it’s costing people their health and their lives, it’s hurting small businesses and it’s making the second wave longer and deeper.”Horwath called for greater testing and contact tracing capacity across the province, as well as more protections in long-term care homes and a cap of 15 students per class in schools.Meanwhile, a Toronto hospital reported two new cases of COVID-19 among patients and staff on Saturday, saying it had also confirmed an outbreak in a third hospital unit. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health said the two new cases are in a patient and a staff member at the hospital’s downtown Queen Street site. It said it is now counting 10 patients and four staff members with COVID-19. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2020. 
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The BC Liberals have held the area since 2001. The last time the NDP won the seat was 1996, when the riding was simply known as Kamloops.
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No damage to Vancouver city hall following car fire Saturday afternoon
The car on fire was parked at an above-ground lot just outside Vancouver city hall and was reported just after 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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Canada’s COVID-19 infections surpass 213,000 as Ontario breaks record in new cases
To date, a total of 213,739 people have been infected with the virus, while 9,922 have since succumbed to it.
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Police arson squad investigating after Friday night fire at West Island Walmart
Police believe a fire at a West Island Walmart was a case of arson.
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‘He’ll live in our hearts’: Family of 2018 Calgary stabbing victim holds traditional spirit ride on Blood Reserve
The family of Darby Shade (Soop), a 26-year-old man who was stabbed in southwest Calgary in 2018, is honouring his memory while spreading awareness to what they say are flaws in the justice system.
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Robber wearing blue surgical mask flees Saskatoon pharmacy with narcotics, say police
Police responded to the 100 block of Lenore Drive at around 11 a.m. after it was reported that a man entered the store and demanded drugs, police say.
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Canadians Living In The U.S. Mull Heading Home If Trump Wins Election
WASHINGTON, Wash. — When people in the United States talk about moving to Canada to escape four more years of Donald Trump, it’s usually either a punchline or a pipe dream. Ask some of the roughly 800,000 Canadians who live in the U.S., though, and it becomes one of three things: a parachute, a very real possibility or an honest-to-God plan of action. “If Trump wins again, I’m moving to B.C.,” says Anastasia Synn, a performance artist from Shelburne, Ont., who has been living in Las Vegas for the last 10 years. Synn is married to Johnathan Szeles, a hard-living magician whose shock-jock mash-ups of comedy, fake gore and sleight-of-hand made him a household name on the Vegas strip a decade ago.These days, between her husband’s lifestyle and failing health, she lives in a trailer in the driveway, waiting for the right excuse to drag it back to the country of her birth. To hell with the pre-nup, she insists: she’ll even bring her husband with her. “I told him, ‘Even if you don’t want to come up with me right away, I’ll do you a favour and stay married to you, even though there’s no benefit to me,’” Synn says. “But I’m not staying here for this. You could not pay me to stay.”Encouraging Americans to voteSynn is not eligible to vote, so she does the next best thing: encouraging everyone she meets to vote Democrat. She’s even convinced the self-destructive Szeles — “The Amazing Johnathan” before he was sidelined by a heart condition — to cast a ballot.“He’s never voted. The fact that he’s voting is a big, big deal.”Her activism, however, has come at a steep personal price in the U.S., a country so deeply riven between its political and societal poles that wearing a face mask to limit the spread of COVID-19 has become a partisan issue.For Synn, 10 years of being south of the border has led her to a single, inescapable conclusion: certain basic human values like empathy and compassion are in short supply where she lives. “People have actually decided they’re not going to be my friend any more,” she said. “It’s quite disturbing how many people I’ve lost in the entertainment field as friends. People I used to sit down and have Christmas dinner with every year, you know, they’re gone.”For others, moving north is more parachute than Plan A. But it’s comforting either way, said Tristan Wallis, who lives with his wife in an affluent suburb of Boston and originally hails from Sherbrooke, Que.“We periodically — and more so lately — talk about, depending on what happens in November, do we move back to Canada?” said Wallis, 39.“It gives you the confidence to sort of sit and wait and see what happens, knowing that … if things get really, really, really bad, you don’t have to start freaking out and planning for it.”There’s a reason we’re here. And it would have to get bad enough here for us to want to leave and go back to Canada, where maybe we would be giving up some of the benefits of being down here.Tristan WallisLife in the United States these days isn’t all bad, Wallis was quick to add.  “The job prospects down here, frankly, are better in a lot of ways, the salaries are better in a lot of ways, especially in this area,” he said. “There’s a reason we’re here. And it would have to get bad enough here for us to want to leave and go back to Canada, where maybe we would be giving up some of the benefits of being down here.”There’s little love lost among Canadians for Trump, polls suggest. A recent Pew Research survey found only 20 per cent of respondents expressed confidence in the president, the lowest level reported in nearly 20 years of polling north of the border. And a survey released last week by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found 73 per cent of respondents expect a Joe Biden election victory after Nov. 3, compared with 54 per cent of Americans surveyed.That could be a reflection of the shellshock that still lingers in the U.S. after 2016, when polls were consistently giving the edge to Hillary Clinton right up until election night. Biden presidency won’t fix everythingRachel Sunshine Bernatt, a caregiver from Toronto who lives in the Georgia community of Acworth, north of Atlanta, said she thinks a lot about returning — especially when the spectre of outright racism finds its way past her front door. And she knows that a Biden presidency won’t make it all magically disappear. “I’ve had people in my house, I’ve had to kick them out for using the N-word — they thought, since I’m white, it’s OK with me,” Bernatt said. “I don’t want to try and have a conversation with them at that point. There’s really no fixing stupid, and, you know, that way of thinking, I don’t know if he can fix it.”Mark LaPointe, who grew up in Windsor but now makes his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said he’s been living in the U.S. too long to consider moving back to Canada now, even if his American friends covet the option. LaPointe, 40, often ventures out on weekends to watch dozens of Trump supporters who gather on a street corner every Saturday, brandishing placards and Trump flags and encouraging passersby to honk their support.READ MORE More Than 75% Of People Entering Canada Since March Have Avoided Quarantine How Could The U.S. Election Affect Canada? (Podcast) Half Of Canadians Want To Quit Their Job, Economic Crisis Or Not Given their backgrounds in places like Cuba and Venezuela, he said, members of the region’s large Latino population embrace the Republican message decrying communism and socialism, even if what they’ve experienced bears little resemblance to what progressive Democrats espouse. His anti-Trump friends and colleagues shake their heads as much as he does. “This is a very shameful time for them,” said LaPointe, who specializes in internet security.“A lot of my American friends here can totally acknowledge that. Some of them are, like, ‘Mark, why the hell are you still here?’”Some of them, men and women alike, have even proposed marriage. “I have a friend in Michigan who wants to marry me, just so she can get Canadian citizenship,” LaPointe chuckled. “I’ve actually had a bunch of men propose to me, half-assed serious. And I’m just, like, ‘You’re not pretty enough. Sorry.’”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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U.K. community members rally to feed hungry children after the British government says no
Conservative members of Parliament voted 322-261 against a Labour Party motion to extend school meal programs to ensure children in need would continue to be fed over the half-term break and through to Easter of 2021.
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Martensville drive-thru flu immunization clinic a success
Dr. Allison Adamus and her staff gave immunized over 1,000 people over their three-day run at their drive-thru flu clinic.
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Winnipeg Police Service to host virtual public forum
The forum will take place on Monday on the WPS Facebook page.
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Belichick captures Breeders’ Stakes to deny stablemate Mighty Heart the Triple Crown
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