Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. THE GLOBE AND MAIL * Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is pledging to put out more robo-calls like one he made on Friday criticizing a councillor for voting against his Scarborough subway plan. Councillors, meanwhile, accused Ford of using “bullying” tactics and called for him to be dealt with by the city’s integrity commissioner. () * Canada’s housing market is back on a roll, a finding that should be evident in the September sales data that the Canadian Real Estate Association will release on Tuesday. The slump that began in the summer of 2012 came to an end this past summer, with sales topping economists’ forecasts, and the market showing a surprising amount of momentum. () Reports in the business section: * Discount behemoth Wal-Mart Canada Corp has quietly started to sell food online, ranging from Halloween candy to gluten-free organic cereals and prepared Thai dishes. Its initiative sets the stage for an even more intense battle with grocery rivals in an already cutthroat field. () * An Ontario government order holding directors and officers of defunct Northstar Aerospace Inc personally responsible for a C$15 million ($14.4 million) cleanup of a polluted parcel of company land is sending a chill through the country’s community of corporate directors. () NATIONAL POST * The federal government will unveil plans this week to force cable and satellite TV providers to offer consumers so-called pick-and-pay services. Consumers are frustrated over being forced to buy large bundles of channels they don’t want when they sign up for satellite and cable TV services, says Industry Minister James Moore. () FINANCIAL POST
The image of pot factories represents a shift for Harper, who says he never smoked marijuana and who has campaigned on being tough on crime. The licensing of output is a tightening up versus loosening up of drug laws because it separates the legitimate from the illicit use, said Mark Mander, chairman of a drug panel for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and head of police in Kentville, Nova Scotia . Home-grown pot has led to unintended consequences that hurt public safety and led to people abusing the system, Health Canada said in June when it published rules. The new system regulates marijuana like other narcotics, according to a background paper that says commercial producers must meet strict requirements to be licensed. Doctors Object Medical doctors object to the new system, saying there are no standardized dosages or rules to make marijuana safe to prescribe like other drugs. We have to make absolutely sure we arent creating a nation of addicts, said Canadian Medical Association President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti. Very few physicians are prepared. Many Canadians are deciding marijuana is good medicine, with more than 30,000 people now having medical licenses. Sales may be worth C$1.3 billion ($1.25 billion) by 2024, Health Canada estimates , with prices set in the open market reaching C$8.80 a gram. Public debate about marijuana also widened when Harpers rival, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau in August said he smoked the drug as a parliamentarian. The party s chief financial officer Chuck Rifici is also Tweeds Chief Executive Officer. 20 Varieties Tweeds sales could reach C$100 million a year with prices for its planned 20 varieties ranging from C$6.50 to C$15, Linton said.
Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards
It reached its peak during the tenure of current Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his band of merry men. Thanks to Harper and his unending appetite to remain in power at any cost, Canada has lost its place in the world stage to the disappointment of many Canadians.For example, Harper is not considered seriously by other world leaders not even by Canadas closest neighbour, the United States of America, and its President Barrack Obama.There is another reason for them to push Harper away: as a person he is known to be cold, aloof; an introvert with no sense of humour or any sort of friendliness with anyone not even with his own cabinet colleagues.Canada has failed to produce another leader as famous as Pierre Trudeau. May be his son Justin, the current leader of the Liberal Party, might be able to live up his fathers reputation, and put Canada back on the world map, if he becomes the next Prime Minister. However, even young Justin Trudeau will fail if he tries to follow Harpers method to gain votes of the ethnic groups in Canada, like the aggressive and sometimes violent supporters of Tamil Tigers who have discredited not only Canada but the whole world with their brutality. Whilstneighbouring United States appears to take a somewhat hard-line on the supporters of Tamil Tigers, Harper, in sheerdesperation to win inthe province of Ontario, a Liberal stronghold,is going all out to appease the huge number of Tamil Tiger supporters living in Ontario. Therefore, he is damaging and hurting the bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka a countrywhich named the road from its only international airport Sri Lanka Canada friendship road. UN concerned over First Nations Harper has done a lot to undo that road of friendship by citing violation ofhuman rights in the island nation whilsthe has failed to set his own countrys human rights record straight. Harper has failed to treat the original sons and daughters of Canada The First Nations with respect and dignity. Instead, he has chosen the path to appease and shower love and praise to Tamil Tiger supporters purely to gain their votes. Canadians are criticizing the Harper government for dismissing UN concerns about the human rights situation in the country.Canada is currently undergoing a Universal Periodic Review at the UN, where members have expressed concern about the plight of the countrys indigenous people. The world is taking note of the ruling Conservatives shameful betrayal of Canadas once admirable reputation as a fair country sincerely working on the world stage to improve the lot of the disadvantaged and suffering. In the UN Human Rights Councils Universal Periodic Review, Canada was criticized to such an extent that the Council decided to send the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the situation in Canada. Harper learns a lesson in diplomacy However, the talking point in diplomatic circles world over is the hypocrisy and double standards of Harper when he decided to boycott the Commonwealth conference scheduled to be held in Sri Lankas capital Colombo next month.Many Canadians point out that Harper has slipped to the lowest level a leader of any country could fall to.At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bali, Harper was snubbed by the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia when Harper brought the subject of boycotting the CHOGM in Sri Lanka. They both told Harper, in no uncertain terms, that they would attend the Commonwealth conference in Colombo.Harper learnt a lesson from Tony Abbott, who was only recently elected as the Prime Minister of Australia, when he was told by Abbott how to deal with friends and how to develop friendships.