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Health Canada looking into pot firms’ sponsorship of charity event

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  • TORONTO — Health Canada is looking into whether two cannabis companies’ sponsorship of a children’s charity event last October is in violation of promotion restrictions within the Cannabis Act.

    Cannabis sector companies Canopy Growth Corp. and Halo Labs were among the sponsors of an Oct. 23 event in support of Kids, Cops & Computers for the Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation, whose honorary chairman is federal Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair.

    During the annual event called Inspiration Night, held in Toronto, the cannabis companies’ logos were used in a poster of sponsors and other materials, according to pictures posted by the non-profit online.

    A Health Canada spokesman says the Cannabis Act does not prohibit the sponsorship of a person, entity, activity or facility but that sponsorship cannot be used to promote cannabis and it is prohibited to display a brand element of cannabis.

    “We are gathering facts and information about the situation to determine whether there may be an instance of non-compliance with the promotion prohibitions in the Cannabis Act,” said Health Canada spokesman Geoffroy Legault-Thivierge in an email.

    He added that Health Canada has followed up with the company to ensure it is aware of the promotions prohibitions, and it understands that the Foundation has removed the names of the cannabis companies from the list of sponsors on its website.

    Under the Cannabis Act, that came into effect when Canada legalized pot for recreational use on Oct. 17 last year, there are strict guidelines on promotion and marketing. Those include a ban on promotion that is appealing to youth, and sponsorship of people, events or buildings. However, approaches between licensed producers in the months since legalization have varied and some industry players have said that reflects uncertainty on how to interpret murky portions of the act.

    The act stipulates that it is prohibited to display, refer to or otherwise use a brand element of cannabis directly, or indirectly, in a promotion that is used in the sponsorship of a person, entity, event, activity or facility. As well, it is prohibited to display the name of a person that produces, sells, or distributes cannabis, sells or distributes a cannabis accessory or provides a service related to cannabis.

    Merry Go Round’s president Mark Zwicker said at the time of the event, the Cannabis Act was so new it wasn’t clear whether brand elements could be used. The charity has since removed the logos from its website, he said.

    “It’s a grey area and we don’t want to do anything that would materially affect the charity… I can assure you that no one that was involved with the charity would have knowingly taken any action that would contravene the act,” Zwicker said.

    Canopy Growth said it is not prohibited from sponsoring an event as long as cannabis is not promoted.

    “There was no promotion of Canopy’s donation,” stated spokeswoman Caitlin O’Hara. “The only public mention of Canopy Growth’s corporate donation was the company’s logo on the charity’s donation page and logo placement at the event itself, which was a private event.”

    Halo Labs and Bill Blair did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    The sponsorship portion of the Cannabis Act does have some “grey areas,” such as whether a holding company would be subject to the sponsorship restrictions, said Ottawa-based lawyer Trina Fraser.

    “In and of itself, it is not a producer or distributor of cannabis, its subsidiaries are… I think there is still some greyness around that,” she said.

    However, the act says it is prohibited to use a trademark or brand name slogan that evokes or is reasonably associated with cannabis, said Toronto-based lawyer Matt Maurer.

    “Even if Canopy is the parent company, using their name is a brand element because it is associated with cannabis, that’s what they do…. There’s an argument to be made on both sides.”

    When reviewing regulated activities under the act, Health Canada considers each situation on a “case by case-basis,” said Legault-Thivierge.

    “A range of factors including, but not limited to, the purpose of any promotion, its content, its context, and its intended audience would be assessed when enforcing the prohibitions on promotion in the Cannabis Act,” he said.

     

    Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)

    Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

    Note to readers: A previous version referred to Canopy Growth and Halo Labs as licensed producers



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    Watch: Viral video produced in Red Deer a finalist in 4 categories at Alberta’s top film awards!

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  • It just might be a breakthrough year for Nick Saik and Know Ideas Media.   Last summer Nick produced a short film called “Nut Milking Exposed” for his production company Know Ideas Media.   The short film was entertaining… VERY entertaining.  Nick set out to make a point that maybe certain liquids referred to as “milk” shouldn’t really be called milk.  But the script, the actor, the editing.. it was all so well done that the little video became a major viral success.

    So far “Nut Milking Exposed” has been seen over 35 million times!  That’s right 35,000,000 and counting!

    When Nick saw that viewers loved it, he entered “Nut Milking Exposed” in the 2019 Rosie Awards.  The Rosies are an annual award presentation by The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA).  They are the top awards for the Alberta film making industry.  Nick entered four categories and is a finalist in every one of them!

    Here are the categories where Nick went 4 for 4 as a finalist!The Rosies will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Ave).

    BEST DRAMATIC SHORT

    A Memento of Life – Bonita Schoenleber, Producers – VonitaVon Pictures

    Aeternitas – Gordie Haakstad & Chris Beauchamp, Producers, The Distillery Film Company

    Nut Milking: Exposed – Nick Saik & Tyler Duffy, Producers, Know Ideas Media

    Rivals – Derek Heisler, Producers, – H Studios

    Sunday Morning, Coming Down- Christina Beamish, Chase Gardiner & Chevi Rabbit, Producers – Revolutionary Waltzes / CGCinematography / Telus StoryHive

    The Suburbanight – Eva Colmers & Susie Moloney, Producers – No Problem Productions

     

    BEST DIRECTOR  (DRAMA UNDER 30 MINUTES)

    Derek Heisler – Rivals – H Studios

    Gordie Haakstad – Aeternitas – The Distillery Film Company

    John Cameron – Direct Energy – “New Moms” – META Productions

    Justin Kueber – Black and Blue – Guerrilla Motion Pictures

    Nick Saik –  Nut Milking: Exposed. – Know Ideas Media

    Reamonn Joshee – A Memento of Life – VonitaVon Pictures

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ALBERTA ACTOR

    Greg Lawson – Wynonna Earp – “I Fall to Pieces” – Seven24 Films

    Mark Meer – Necessary Evil – “Soul Purpose”  – Group of Rogues

    Samuel Duke – A Gentleman – DDG

    Shaun Johnston – Heartland – “A Place to Call Home” – Seven24 Films

    Sheldon Elter – Caution: May Contain Nuts – “Sexy Bigfoot Alien Chef” – Mosaic Entertainment

    Tyler Duffy – Nut Milking: Exposed – Know Ideas Media

     

    BEST EDITOR  (DRAMA UNDER 30 MINUTES)

    Carey Komadina & Sarah Taylor – Caution: May Contain Nuts – “Sexy Bigfoot Alien Chef’ – Mosaic Entertainment

    Nick Saik – Nut Milking: Exposed – Know Ideas Media

    Nina Staum – SGI – “A Knock at the Door” – Bamboo Shoots

    Sabir Alimzhan – Cruel – DDG

    Sarah Taylor – The Suburbanight – No Problem Productions

    Thomas Dudley – Vijitkul – “Golden Godess” – Leader Productions

     

    OK.. if you haven’t seen this video before you’re likely dying to see it now.  If you have it’s always worth another look and another laugh.   35 million views can’t be wrong!

    Todayville is proud to have partnered with Nick Saik and Know Ideas Media on a new platform focussed on agriculture.   Click here to see more of Nick’s work on Todayville Agriculture!

     


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    Agriculture, trade ministers will testify in April on Chinese canola issue

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  • OTTAWA — A pair of federal cabinet ministers have been called on to testify before a parliamentary committee on China’s move to reject canola shipments from one of Canada’s largest grain producers.

    The House of Commons trade committee voted today to hear from Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr on the Canada-China canola issue during the week of April 1.

    Beijing recently suspended canola imports from Richardson International Ltd. for what one Chinese official alleged was the detection of hazardous organisms in the company’s product.

    In an interview last week, Carr said Canada is pushing to solve the economically important matter — but he added that China had yet to provide evidence to back up the claims.

    China’s decision to block shipments of one of Canada’s key exports comes with the two countries locked in a diplomatic dispute related to the December arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver — where she’s now fighting extradition to the United States.

    China has since arrested Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered Chinese national security — moves viewed as an effort to pressure Canada into releasing Meng.

    The Canadian Press


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