Recreational marijuana became legal across the country at midnight, making Canada the first G-7 nation to do so. Most adult Canadians are now able to buy and use recreational cannabis legally, and even grow a few plants at home, but how and where depends on where they live. The patchwork of regulations governing marijuana varies betweenprovinces and territories. Smoking or vaping of cannabis is allowed in public spaces where tobacco is permitted — but others such as Manitoba have a ban on public consumption.
Lachute is following several other Québec municipalities which have decided to prohibit smoking marijuana in public. The Lachute town council decided to ban marijuana use in all public places, including in public parks. The definition of all public places includes sidewalks and streets. However, cannabis smoking is still permitted at the municipally-owned and managed park at the rest area on Route 158 and at the Arena Park. Private property is not affected by the law. Getting caught for using cannabis in public in Lachute will mean a fine of $250.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has served notice to Canada Post that workers could walk off the job as early as next week because the nearly year-long contract negotiations have stalled. The union representing 50-thousand Canada Post employees says rotating strikes will begin Monday if agreements aren’t yet reached. Canada Post says it will remain open for business if the union does launch rotating strikes.
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell would like to turn Larose Forest into a destination location for mountain bikers. Last year, the UCPR pledged $25,000 a year for the next five years to create a trail network in the forest. That amount is being financed by the forest’s reserve fund. Approximately 20 kilometres of trails have been built so far with plans to expand to more than three times that distance. The UCPR has partnered with the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association (OMBA) to maintain the trails. And that association is looking for locals to sponsor the trails and volunteer to monitor their proper use.