TORONTO — Canada’s privacy commissioner is planning to issue guidance for buyers and sellers of legal cannabis amid ongoing concern about potential fallout, such as being barred from the United States, if transactions become known by third parties.The concern has been heightened in provinces where anonymously paying cash in-store is not possible in light of a controversial Statistics Canada initiative to obtain detailed bank records from all Canadians.“Our office recognizes the sensitive nature of cannabis-related transactions — particularly if information about those transactions is processed in a jurisdiction where cannabis consumption is not legal,” said Tobi Cohen, a spokeswoman for the federal privacy commissioner. “Organizations need to make it plain to individuals that their information may be processed in a foreign country, and that it may be accessible to law enforcement and national security authorities of that jurisdiction.”British Columbia has already issued its own guidance and privacy-protection tips. For example, it notes that online sellers collect personal information such as name, date of birth, home address, credit card number, purchase history and email address.“Providing personal information, especially through online formats, creates additional security risks,” the document by B.C.’s privacy commissioner notes. “Cannabis is illegal in most jurisdictions outside of Canada; the personal information of cannabis users is therefore very sensitive.”Legal online purchases across Canada show up on bank statements in a variety of ways, depending on the retailer.In Manitoba, for example, an order from the outlet Delta 9 shows up as “D9-2 -8675309 Winnipeg MB,” while purchases in British Columbia appear as “BCS Online Vancouver.” Those in Nova Scotia are recorded as coming from the provincial liquor corporation — “NSLC #2098/e-commerce Halifax.” Similarly, in Newfoundland and Labrador, orders register as NLC #700 St. John’s N.L.In Ontario, where the only way to buy marijuana legally is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store using a credit card, transactions show up as “OCS/SOC.”Jesse, 39, of Toronto, who’s in marketing and who asked his last name not be used, said he has mixed feelings about “OCS/SOC” appearing on his credit-card statement.“I’m not crazy about being potentially profiled at the U.S. border because of a purchase that’s thrown up in my credit history,” Jesse said. “At the same time, I’m not losing sleep over it because there’s no precedent (for that) yet.”In the pre-legal era, online outlets usually masked credit-card purchases, perhaps by using a generic notation such as “Organics,” and some still do so now. However, a spokeswoman for the Ontario Cannabis Store said such an approach doesn’t fly.“As a legal business operating in Ontario, it is required that we operate with transparency,” Amanda Winton said. “This includes using our registered business name for payment services.”Ontario’s privacy commissioner, Brian Beamish, said his office recommends redacting sensitive information in a case where, for example, a landlord might ask a prospective tenant for a credit card statement. Beamish also said a generic name used to record cannabis transactions could become widely known.“The key issue here is the protection of bank information, whether it’s related to legal cannabis transactions or any other personal banking decision,” Beamish said. Troy Patterson, who works with a licensed cannabis producer in Kincardine, Ont., said pot is legal and he wasn’t particularly worried about purchases showing up on credit card or similar statements.“Now, if that info were to be weaponized against people, say for insurance or other purposes, that would be a huge issue,” Patterson said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
TV presenter and choreographer Arlene Phillips, who was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony earlier this year, has called today on His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to strip Fortnum & Mason of its Royal Warrants for continuing to sell foie gras – a product that is illegal to produce in the UK.“Holding Royal Warrants should be an immense privilege bestowed only on establishments with extremely high standards”, writes the former Strictly Come Dancing judge. “In light of Fortnum & Mason’s cavalier attitude towards animal welfare and for continuing to promote a product that is illegal to produce in Britain, may I respectfully request that you consider revoking the Royal Warrants until it ends its sale of foie gras?”Philips’ judgment comes after PETA showed her undercover video footage, narrated by acting legend Sir Roger Moore, which exposed terrible abuse on foie gras farms supplying Fortnum & Mason – including at the abattoir, where birds had knives plunged into their throats without prior pre-stunning, in contravention of both UK and French law.During foie gras production, huge amounts of grain are pumped into the stomachs of geese through metal pipes, which are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Veterinarians and avian experts agree – there is no humane way to produce foie gras. Animal protection groups – including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Compassion in World Farming, Animal Defenders International, Animal Aid, Viva!, Four Paws, One Kind, Save Me and the International Veterinary Society – have all joined PETA in calling for Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras.
In May, American billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle origins announced his $200 million donation to a new cancer research center.The interdisciplinary facility, to be called Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC, is expected to break ground by November. The center’s goal, as reported by Fortune.com, is to bring experts from different specialties together “to transform the way cancer is treated”. Besides medical scientists, this would even include chefs to advise on diet in medicine.Meanwhile, billionaire Sean Parker of Napster announced his own $250 million contribution to form the Parker Institute. His funding, he says, will be divided over time amongst six partner centers: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford Medicine, Penn Medicine, UCSF and UCLA.This collaboration aims to accelerate the progress in scientific discoveries in the field of cancer immunotherapy because the centers will be able to collaborate and pool their intellectual property so that scientists at any center will have access to any breakthroughs at any other of the centers.Parker says that immunotherapy has seen success in some areas, such as melanoma and blood cancers, and believes there is no reason why it shouldn’t be applicable to all tumor types.“At some point I had a hunch that the immune system played a really important role in protecting us from cancer,” he says. “That was, for a long time, a very controversial theory.”This is the basis for his bringing scientists into an environment where they can cooperate and collaborate and where the best ideas can get funded.“I’ve been interested in life sciences for as long as I can remember,” says Parker. “I have a deep personal interest in immunology because I have autoimmune diseases myself. Cancer knows no boundaries. It afflicts people everywhere.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsIt was 10 years ago June 11 that the federal government gave an apology to the survivors of the residential school system.150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their homes and put in schools run by the churches.That era was acknowledged today in Ottawa as was the work that still needs to be [email protected]@ToddLamirande
The fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case continues. The latest casualty is Steve Garban, a longtime and influential member of Penn State’s Board of TrusteesGarban resigned, bowing to pressure by some of his fellow trustees who were angry at him for failing to alert them about the Jerry Sandusky criminal investigation in April 2011.The trustees have become increasingly alarmed this week that the NCAA will hand down an extreme punishment, possibly the death penalty for its football program for its “loss of institutional control” during the Jerry Sandusky years.Several trustees flatly argued in private sessions this week that Garban’s resignation was needed to show the public the board was serious about “moving forward.”In a letter to board chairwoman Karen Peetz, Garban wrote: “It is clear to me that my presence on the board has become a distraction and an impediment to your efforts to move forward.”“These past months have been some of the most painful of my life,” Garban wrote. “After absorbing the findings of the Freeh Report last week, the Board of Trustees accepted responsibility for the failures of governance that took place on our watch. Following the release of the report, you also asked each member of the board to evaluate our individual paths forward.”Garban is the first Penn State trustee to quit since the release of the Freeh report, which was highly critical of the trustees’ handling of the Sandusky matter and the firing of coach Joe Paterno.The Board of Trustees hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct the investigation, which interviewed 430 people and reviewed more than 3.5 million documents over eight months. The 267-page Freeh report was released July 12.Only one thing is certain: the fallout is not over. More administrators – and the school at large – will go down.
Related Items:#Jubileedumpfirestillburning, #magneticmedianews, #NassauDumpFire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 20, 2017 – Nassau – The fire is burning in a straight line and in a peculiar or new area which has caused the Minister of Environment, Kenred Dorsett to conclude that it was a deliberate act which ignited a new blaze at the city dump.Since Wednesday after 3am, fire crews have been trying to extinguish the blaze which is being fanned by the winds. Police also got involved by walking through the surrounding neighbourhoods to check the impact of smoke on communities like Jubilee Gardens.Tall Pines MP, Leslie Miller was among those at the site yesterday to review the situation and suggested that security be beefed up following some physical changes which include tall fencing and a perimeter road to allow security guard vehicle patrols.#MagneticMediaNews#Nassaudumpfire#Jubileedumpfirestillburning Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp We March not going to PMs home No arrests likely for landfill fire, says Minister Air quality diminished, Acquinas monitoring
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly earmarked Frenkie De Jong should Christian Eriksen decide to leave the club.Real Madrid are understood to be interested in the services of Eriksen, who’s future at Tottenham remains far from certain.Despite, host of interest in De Jong, Ajax are refusing to sell the Netherlands international, who’s a graduate of their famous academy setup until the end of the season.Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are all believed to be preparing offers for the 21-year-old, while Juventus are said to have already opened talks over a transfer to Turin in the summer.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.A report from Sports Mole says, Tottenham may have thrown their name into the hat as they are bracing themselves for the loss of Eriksen, who is a £100m target for Real Madrid.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are said to have already made contact with De Jong’s agent Ali Dursun to offer guarantees that they will match the highest bid for the midfielder.The Dutchman, has featured in 20 games across all competitions this season, and is currently valued at around £67m.
Ohio would have $5 million to invest in infrastructure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations in the state, under an earmark included in a budget bill under consideration by the Ohio House.The earmark would create an Ohio Military Facilities Commission which would be responsible for positioning the state’s installation to survive a future BRAC round, said House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R), who added the provision to the budget bill.“This is sorely needed, especially when there are fiscal constraints on the federal level to support our military facilities,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R), reported Dayton Daily News. He said the legislation is urgent because federal rules prohibit states from spending on base infrastructure during a BRAC process.“It is a game that must be completed before BRAC commences and that’s why it’s so important that this be done now,” said Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services’ Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.Rosenberger announced the legislation at the National Aviation Hall of Fame inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson. “At the end of the day, what this comes down to is about securing jobs and securing, really, America’s future because … Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the pointy spear of our military,” he said.Rosenberger said he would like to double the set aside to $10 million, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR