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Animal activists arrested at Quebec pork facility vow to continue fight


One of 11 animal rights activists who were arrested after occupying a pig farm east of Montreal on Saturday says her group will continue to push the Quebec and Canadian governments to end industrial pork production.

Cassey Phaneuf and other members of the Montreal branch of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) were arrested by Quebec provincial police in St-Hyacinthe after entering the establishment and broadcasting their protest on Facebook.

Video from the event showed the activists sitting against a wall in the facility and denouncing the conditions, saying the animals didn’t have enough room to turn around.

David Duval, the president of the province’s pork breeders’ association, said these kinds of protests are stressful for both the pork producers and the animals themselves.

He said in a phone interview that Canadian animal welfare standards are among the highest in the world, and accused the protesters of broadcasting images taken out of context.

But Phaneuf says animals who are raised for money don’t have any rights, and called for a meeting with Quebec Premier Francois Legault to discuss the issue.

Quebec provincial police say all 11 activists were released on a promise to appear in court at a later date, with conditions to respect.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec 8, 2019

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Cannabis company Canopy Growth delaying launch of infused beverages



SMITH FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. is delaying the launch of its cannabis-infused drinks.

The company says work to scale up to commercial production is not complete and it is delaying the launch date while it completes the final steps.

Canopy submitted its final documentation for its beverage facility to Health Canada last June and received its license in late November.

The company had expected to have its beverage products on store shelves in early January.  It did not say when it now plans to launch its beverage products.

Canopy says it does not believe the delay will have a material impact on its revenue for its 2020 financial year.

It says it plans to provide an update when it releases its third-quarter results.

“Canopy has had seven weeks to work with THC in the brand new beverage facility to scale processes and IP it has developed in the R&D environment,” Canopy chief executive David Klein said in a statement.

“In order to deliver products that meet our customer’s high standards we are electing to revise the launch date while we work through the final details.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2020.

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