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The former Conservative government cited safety concerns around home-grow operations — such as this illicit operation discovered by RCMP in the McCreary, Man. area in January — when it overhauled federal medical marijuana rules in 2013. (Photo courtesy Ste. Rose du Lac RCMP)

Court rules medical marijuana users can grow their own

Vancouver | Reuters — A federal court judge in Vancouver on Wednesday ruled that medical marijuana patients have the Constitutional right to grow their own cannabis, striking down a ban introduced by Canada’s previous Conservative government. The court suspended its decision for six months to give Ottawa time to respond. A group of British Columbia […] Read more

B.C. resident positive for H7N9 avian flu

Vancouver | Reuters –– A British Columbia resident has tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus in the first documented case of the infection in a human in North America, the federal government said Monday. The person had returned to Canada from China and is recovering from the illness in self-isolation, the Public Health […] Read more

Canada’s West Coast ports offer little relief from U.S. delays

Vancouver | Reuters — Gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports that has forced McDonald’s to ration French fries at its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own problems. Capacity is already limited at Canada’s largest port, […] Read more

Maple syrup heist baffles Quebec

Thieves in Quebec may have pulled off the sweetest heist of all time, siphoning off a reservoir of maple syrup from a warehouse and cleverly covering up their caper to evade detection, an industry group said on Friday. The warehouse in the Centre-du-Quebec region held more than $30 million worth of maple syrup, a whopping […] Read more