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  1. Mt own personal view is that everything will go back to normal, or rather whatever it was we were living in prior to Covid-19. Big business will get bailed out on my dime, the masses will be back to making decisions against their own interest and everything else will be forgotten.
  2. I love Nick Cave. He's coming to town (Toronto) in September. Hopefully all this hubbub will be settled by then. Probably favourite track is above, the Weeping Song. I do have to give a shout out to the Murder Ballads as a whole, phenomenally atmospheric. Red Right Hand, Tupelo. And of course As I sat Sadly By Her Side are some of the top tracks I go to constantly. I got into them from Wings of Desire when it was released in 1991. Actually, that's a lie. I found out about him from the movie. Listening to alternative music in my youth his music was always in the background in my life's soundtrack. Getting into his music was bit roundabout though. I was more into Einsturzende Neubauten (Blixa's real band). THen around 1996 two things happened, Murder Ballads came out and I found out Blixa was part of the Bad Seeds. The rest, as part of my Nick Cave love, is history.
  3. It appears to...but remember, consultation. The anti-tobacco/smoking lobbies will be all over this to ensure it doesn't come to be. Having said that, if the Gov't does give the go-ahead it does open up the door...through the courts, which pretty much means that by the time its decided we will be long gone.
  4. Found the longer article I read this morning (in the Globe & Mail): Ontario is considering allowing cannabis consumption lounges as well as permits for consumption at festivals and events across the province. It is unlikely, however, that lounges would resemble Amsterdam’s famed cannabis cafés, given provincial legislation prohibiting smoking indoors. The Ontario government began a public consultation process on Monday, using a survey to gather feedback on “cannabis consumption establishments” and “special occasion permits.” Currently, cannabis users in Ontario are allowed to consume in private residences and in most outdoor spaces, but not inside enclosed public spaces or commercial establishments, where smoking and vaping is prohibited by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. The government is not considering changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, it said in a statement on Monday, suggesting that any cannabis lounges or cafés would be focused on serving cannabis-infused edibles, such as chocolates and drinks. Edibles-only cafés would also have to navigate federal rules that only allow cannabis to be sold in approved packaging. “You couldn’t put [infused drinks] on taps in restaurants because of federal regulations about the product having to be in the packaging at the point-of-sale," said Michael Wilson, a lawyer with Goodmans LLP and former chief of staff to Ontario Attorney-General Doug Downey. "But in theory you could have a canned beverage or a bottled beverage served to a customer at a table and probably still comply with the federal rules,” Mr. Wilson said. He added that the province will have to decide whether to allow alcohol and cannabis-infused products to be sold in the same establishment. The consultation period, which ends March 10, is the latest attempt by the Ontario government to improve the business environment for province’s cannabis retailers and growers, many of whom are struggling to compete with the black market. The lack of retail outlets in Ontario – there are still fewer than 30 stores open – is commonly cited by cannabis producers to explain why their financial results have fallen short of expectations. In December, Ontario scrapped the retail lottery system it used to award licences and moved to an open licensing model with no cap on the total number of stores allowed in the province. "We’ve had a terrible month in terms of news in the cannabis industry, where we’ve seen layoffs from various different licensed producers. I think today’s announcement should be an economic shot in the arm for both licensed producers and retailers,” said Omar Khan, national cannabis sector lead for consulting firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies. "There’s an enormous opportunity for licensed cannabis retailers to explore the possibility of also operating consumption lounges either next to their retail locations or very close nearby. I also think there’s a huge opportunity here for people who run, and have experience running and operating, cafés and bars,” Mr. Khan added.
  5. Yes, this change would "only" be for drinks/food, not smoking. Considering this is Canada, the province would also need to ensure the set-up conforms to federal laws over and above he provincial ones as well. The example I read this morning highlighted the fact that you can't serve infused alcohol from a tap, but could sell the can to the customer to drink at a table. Now, to be honest, since our current provincial government put the "fail" in incompetent I don't see this law taking effect anytime soon. Also, the previous genius government also came up with the idea to allow cannabis smoking for medicinal purposes indoors before our laws changed, then quickly backtracking once they realized what they were about to do, I expect a classic F up and the decision to pull this idea sooner rather than later. This seems to have Diageo (or other other spirits oligarchies) all over it.
  6. Heart broken right now. I can’t even think of the words to convey.
  7. There's also Ironworks Distillery, out of Nova Scotia. I picked up a bottle when I was there, haven't cracked it open yet to fully get an understanding of it. But, I did have taste before I bought it and it is also not very sweet. There is a Rum essence but it was super dry (almost Moet Brut Champagne dry). The distillery is located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. https://ironworksdistillery.com/shop/bluenose-rum/
  8. Never got through Moby Dick, Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, Crime and Punishment...made it through halfway in C&P but just gave up. I've started all of Hemingway's novels and given up on them about 5 pages in. For Dostoevsky you could say it might be the translations but then again I've read other Russian writers, it's just his prose that gets to me. I want to like all these books but I guess I've never been into turgid writing.
  9. Last Exit For The Lost - Fields of the Nephilim Runners up: Hit Me Baby One More Time - Type O Negative / Assimilate & Smothered Hope - Skinny Puppy / Mercy Street - Peter Gabriel
  10. Superman (1979, when it came out in Istanbul). My dad took me to it. Still one of the best memories of my childhood. And to this day one of my all time favourite movies. I still remember having to rush back to the theatre after the movie as my dad forgotten his umbrella there.
  11. and here's something else found in the rules - key section in bold: Repackaging of cigars Most cigars currently sold in Canada are imported; sales of cigars produced domestically account for less than 12% of the market. Nonetheless, for many foreign manufacturers, Canada is a relatively small market and sales in Canada are unlikely to be high enough to justify a substantial investment in redesigning their packaging. The industry representatives consulted anticipate that the introduction of PSA measures will lead to a substantial consolidation in the variety of cigars available on the Canadian market. It is estimated that the introduction of PSA measures will lead to a 50% reduction in the number of cigar SKUs available on the Canadian market. The analysis assumes that all cigars that remain on the market will be repackaged by Canadian manufacturers or importers to comply with the PSA measures. The tobacco manufacturers consulted estimated that implementing a repackaging system will cost between $3,300 and $15,000 per SKU. They envisioned this as a one-time cost associated with designing and producing compliant packaging, coupled with establishing a facility capable of receiving imported cigars and transferring them to this packaging. The estimated costs range from $5.75 million to $25.9 million (present value) over 30 years, equating to annualized costs from $473,000 to $2.1 million associated with cigar repackaging.
  12. And some more info from the Rules itself. This is related to the background materials included in the details of the act: "...The compliance cost for industry analysis assumes that there will be approximately 10% consolidation of brands for cigarettes and little cigars, 80% consolidation of brands for pipe tobacco and 45–50% consolidation of brands for cigars, smokeless tobacco and cigarette tobacco." Anyway, what's really apparent in the overall act is that it is geared primarily to cigarettes. It just comes across as cigar regulations were just tacked on with the assumption that manufacture and sale of cigar packages are the same as cigarettes. There's clearly no rhyme or reason on the rules. The whole point is to strangle sales of all tobacco (and I have my thoughts on the fight against the rules over the years, but will keep it to myself). One group I have not seen in this the impact it will have on shops and sales on reserves. As well, considering the amount of Chinese cigarettes smuggled into this country this is just going to drive hard core smokers to that. There were many buyers I know that would get ziploc bags of 100-200 cigarettes on the cheap, or under retailer counters in stores. jsut as a point of reference I smoke both cigarettes (burning and heating) and cigars. Hence why my overall interest in the rules and not specifically the cigar sections.
  13. my favourite things, well related to the rules - random points for my amusement: Manner of display 31 (1) If a brand name is displayed on an exterior surface of a primary package or secondary package and a health warning is also displayed on that surface, the brand name must be oriented parallel to and in the same direction as the health warning and must be centered in the area of that surface that remains unoccupied by the health warning and any other information that is required or authorized by or under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any Act of the legislature of a province. Placement 36 In the case of a package that has a rectangular cuboid shape when it is closed, the declaration of net quantity and the common name of the tobacco product must be displayed in such a manner that the last letter of that information is 5 mm from the bottom and right edges of the package. 52 Any lining that is placed in a primary package that contains cigars must (a) have a smooth texture, without any raised features, embossing, decorative ridges, bulges or other irregularities, unless such features are necessary to hold the cigar in place or to remove it from the lining; and (b) meet the requirements of paragraphs 23(a) to (c). Just some random rules...
  14. Maybe for cigars but I would think the manufacturer would need to do it for cigarettes. Unless, it's their purpose to completely cancel sales by bureaucracy overload. I can't see a mom and pop shops where the bulk of their revenue/sales is cigarettes repackaging them.

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