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How to Smoke Cannabis Correctly: An Easy & Complete Guide

So you’re finally ready to try cannabis for the first time, or maybe the last time you smoked was 20 years ago and you’re ready to start back up. Either way, the very idea may seem a bit scary with all the rumors about the strength of weed today and NY Times columnists losing their marbles for hours on end. Where the hell do you start and how do you smoke weed safely? We can help make your first cannabis experience more enjoyable.

Unless you seek specific therapeutic benefits, in which case you should reference our CBD content, you are likely looking to catch a pleasurable buzz. As easy as that may sound, the cannabis market has significantly evolved over the past several years and the options can be daunting to navigate. In this guide we will help you determine the appropriate strain, dosage, and consumption method for a positive first-time experience.

Table of contents

Understanding the Basics
Consumption Method
Strain Selection
Dosage
How to Light a Joint Properly
Do: Create the Cherry Slowly
Don’t: Inhale During Ignition
Pro Tip: How to Light a One-Hitter
Joint Smoking Etiquette
Respect Rolling Seniority
Learn to Use a Crutch
Don’t Expect to Hit it without Contributing
He Who Rolled Shall Light
Puff, Puff, Pass
Ash Before You Pass
The Joint is Not a Microphone
Stick to the Original Rotation
Keep Your Exhale to Yourself
Don’t Pass the Roach
How to Smoke Weed Without Coughing
Use a Grinder
Draw Into Your Mouth First
Slow and Steady, like Yoga
Add Fresh Oxygen
Don’t Hold it
Release at the Same Pace
CBD Joints: Relief Without the High
Tips to Cover The Smell of Cannabis
Vaporizer
Properly Store Your Bud
Mask The Air Particles
Cook Something Fragrant
Have Good Ventilation
Keep A Clean Environment
Wash Your Hands
Keeping The Smell of Cannabis On The DL

Understanding the Basics

Although it’s tempting to simply eat a cannabis-infused brownie, we don’t recommend doing so. The effects associated with ingested cannabis have a delayed onset time, last much longer than the other consumption methods (anywhere from 4 to 8+ hours), and can be significantly more intense.

Consumption Method

The recommended consumption method for novice users is either smoking or vaporizing cannabis; the reason being that dosage control is relatively easy compared to other consumption methods. Smoking cannabis is the traditional method and involves inhaling the smoke released by the heated buds.

You can pack a one hitter pipe or roll it into a joint. A bong is another alternative and will result in the smoothest hit as the smoke is filtered through water prior to being inhaled, but the intensity of a bong hit is not recommended for novice users. If you find the effects of smoking cannabis to be too intense, we suggest vaporization as a more mild alternative.

For those looking to avoid the potential respiratory irritation caused by smoking, we recommend vaporizing for the first time. A vaporizer is a device that heats cannabis buds and/or concentrates to a specific (lower) temperature, which causes the cannabinoids (beneficial compounds like THC and CBD) stored in the plant’s trichomes to evaporate into a gas without combusting any plant material. In our experience, vaporization provides a more forgiving, manageable, and mild high than smoking cannabis.

Strain Selection

If you’re feeling good about the vaporizer route, the photo above may be confusing. Just remember, the golden liquid in your vaporizer cartridge is simply a concentrated, extracted version of the original cannabis buds, and should be labeled indica, sativa, or hybrid at the very least.

Some cartridges may have multiple strains inside them, while others will be strain specific. Weed is like wine – every strain has a history and some dispensaries have garden blends; the same way vineyards blend grapes to make a more unique flavor profile. The key terms to understand are indica and sativa. These terms are used to describe the two major species of the cannabis plant that induce markedly different effects.

Choosing between indica and sativa varieties of cannabis is dependent on your desired effects. Those seeking an upbeat, focused, and creative experience, should select a sativa dominant strain. Alternatively, those looking for relaxing, appetite inducing, and sedative effects should choose an indica dominant strain. Those in search of a great anytime smoke with a more balanced high should try a hybrid strain (one that combines elements of both the indica and sativa species through the breeding process). For more detailed information, reference our strain selection guide.

Dosage

For first-time smokers, one or two inhalations is all it takes to feel THC’s powerful effects. We recommend first-timers wait 15-20 minutes after smoking before deciding to take additional inhalations, as the effects can become more pronounced over this period. As you get more accustomed to your preferred dosage you can take additional hits for a stronger effect.

However, you should never feel pressured to finish a bowl or joint, you can always come back to it. If your only option is to ingest cannabis, we recommend starting with a dose of 5mg of THC. Everyone’s metabolism is different and therefore has a different reaction to edibles. The important part is to WAIT after you ingest as onset can take up to TWO HOURS. As you become more familiar with your edible tolerance, it will be easier to adjust dosage.

If you do end up a little too high, don’t worry, just check out our guide on how to manage a high.

How to Light a Joint Properly

Like so many other parts of the joint rolling process, everyone has their own style of lighting a joint. Not only do you have some options when it comes to the ignition source, but there is also a bit of a technique involved in achieving an even burn with a powerful cherry right from the start.

Some cannabis consumers prefer traditional lighters (hello, classic Bic!), while others favor the more natural hemp wick to eliminate inhaling fuel. Personal preferences aside, we can help you properly ignite the slow-burning joint you worked so hard to roll.

No matter what you ignite with, patience is key!

Do: Create the Cherry Slowly

Even the best-rolled joint can be sabotaged by hasty lighting! To light a joint that smokes slowly and evenly, start by applying flame to only the tip while slowly rotating the joint in your fingers.

The objective is to create a cherry (the portion of the joint that is actively burning) at the tip of the joint that will burn down the length of the joint evenly. Be patient! It’s different from lighting a cigarette: creating a cherry without inhalation typically takes a bit more direct heat and time.

Once the cherry is off to a strong, even start, you can use a combination of inhalation and additional flame application (at separate times — not together!) to round and even it out as needed.

After the first few hits, a correctly lit joint will continue to burn evenly, as illustrated below.

Don’t: Inhale During Ignition

Applying flame to the joint tip while inhaling might seem like the right thing to do because it is similar to how cigars and cigarettes are lit. However, we are dealing with cannabis here, not tobacco, so the technique doesn’t carry over to joints.

As cool as it looks, we don’t recommend lighting while drawing on the joint during ignition, as it often results in an uneven cherry and a higher likelihood of canoeing, the dreaded run of fast-burning herb that can sabotage a good joint.

This can be especially problematic with twax joints and blunts, as you can ignite the BHO to the point that it burns out of control, ruining your hard work. Follow this guide to learn more about the different types of cannabis concentrates, and how to safely make your own dabs or hash oil at home.

Whatever you do, just make sure you have a heat source at your disposal! While it may sound obvious, we can almost guarantee that the lack of a lighter has halted more than one of your joint sparking operations.

We will admit that the cigarette method is fair game in outdoor, high-wind scenarios (an uneven cherry is better than no cherry at all), but this is an in-a-pinch solution rather than a go-to. There are some more effective alternatives, like a one-hitter.

Pro Tip: How to Light a One-Hitter

A one-hitter is an elongated pipe with a very small bowl that makes a great alternative when you don’t have a joint handy or smoking one isn’t practical. You should use a grinder card to load it, and then feel free to take the quintessential ciggy-style rip!

With a pipe like this, you do not need to worry about cornering the bowl since the amount of herb is so tiny. It’s easier to light a bowl without burning your fingers when using the one-hitter! We highly recommend the Marley Natural Taster.

Joint Smoking Etiquette

No matter your smoking experience level, it’s always important to stay current on your joint etiquette — nobody wants to be “that guy.” By following the code of conduct below, you’ll ensure you don’t embarrass yourself the next time you’re handed a joint.

Think of this guide as a sort of cotillion for joint smokers – retain your invite to the smoke circle with these helpful tips.

Respect Rolling Seniority

You don’t have to be the best joint roller in the world, but you should know how your rolling skills stack up against others. If you can’t roll well and you know someone else can, it’s best to let him or her take the reins. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice though! One day you might find yourself as the most experienced roller available, and we can help you improve your joint rolling skills for when that day comes.

Learn to Use a Crutch

A crutch can be made from just about any paper-like material (a paper scrap, a business card, we’ve even seen one MacGyvered from a straw wrapper – anything goes), and you can even buy pre-cut crutches. Our favorites are these natural hemp & cotton tips from RAW.

There is no need to hand someone a sloppy joint that barely rips. Crutches eliminate Scooby snacks, soggy ends, and make the entire social smoking experience more pleasant. Furthermore, you can use the crutch as a handle when you hand the joint to the person next to you. Similarly, if you’re on the receiving end of the hand-off, grab the joint by the crutch instead of crushing the tube of ground cannabis.

Don’t Expect to Hit it without Contributing

We all know someone who frequently jumps in the joint rotation without contributing – not cool! Don’t be this person. Even if you don’t have bud, it’s appreciated when someone offers cash, food, or something else useful if you want in on the joint. Those who typically smoke out the group will take notice, and you’ll maintain a comfortable, open invite.

He Who Rolled Shall Light

The person who rolled the joint has the right to light it and hit it first. While this sounds trivial, wouldn’t you be upset if the joint you just spent time rolling was carelessly lit like a cigarette by an amateur? It’s acceptable for the roller to offer this privilege to someone else, but they have full control over the ignition process.

Puff, Puff, Pass

This is the cardinal rule of joint smoking – take two hits and then pass that thing! Don’t hog the joint or it may be the last time you’re welcome in that smoking circle. If you’re smoking with close friends and you have a different rule, that’s okay – house rules are a thing, after all — but in most scenarios, stick to “puff, puff, pass” unless otherwise instructed.

Ash Before You Pass

You don’t want to be responsible for ruining your friends favorite piece of clothing or furniture – ash before you pass! It’s very simple. Nobody likes to be on the receiving end of an un-ashed joint, so don’t put that on the next person in rotation. Ash, then pass.

The Joint is Not a Microphone

Cannabis has a unique way of bringing people together and part of getting acquainted is telling stories. By all means, keep sharing, but please don’t use the joint as your personal microphone! Remember rule #5?

Nobody likes it when you hold the joint and forget to smoke it until the cherry goes out. The joint is not the Talking Stick, so please don’t treat it as such!

Stick to the Original Rotation

Regardless of whether you’re actually standing in a circle, everyone should stick to the original joint rotation. Typically, the joint roller lights the joint and passes it to the left. The joint continues to be passed left until everyone hits the joint once and the ‘circle’ is completed. It’s more relaxing when this order is maintained until the joint is finished. Otherwise, no one knows who’s turn it is, making for a confusing time and creating the possibility of skipping someone inadvertently.

Keep Your Exhale to Yourself

This is a common accident, but be mindful of the direction and force with which you exhale your hit. As pleasant as cannabis smoke is, no one likes to take a cloud to the face. A slight upward or downward tilt of the head when exhaling can alleviate this faux pas. And, if you do accidentally exhale right in someone’s face, own up to it — then, try not to let it happen again. It’s common to get tripped up by a breeze or fan on occasion, but it shouldn’t be a regular occurrence.

Don’t Pass the Roach

The passing of the joint is a ritualistic process, and being on the receiving end means two more hits…unless, you get passed a roach. Not cool. If the joint is gone, put it out – there’s no need to pass the roach. It’s like getting a gift wrapped box with no present inside. When it’s time to let it go, let it go.

How to Smoke Weed Without Coughing

Most people were never actually “taught” how to breathe in the traditional sense – it’s one of the first things you do straight out the gate, and it’s generally understood that you’ve got it under control from there. Breathing is an unconscious process that occurs 20,000+ times a day.

It turns out that how you breathe may merit some attention: not only does how you breathe affect how you feel (both physically and emotionally), it also plays a critical role in inhaling smoke properly.

No one likes choking and coughing every time they smoke, that’s why we’re dedicated to spreading the information you need to learn how to inhale properly – using these techniques will help you cough less and get higher on each hit!

We have tried literally dozens of techniques to find out how to best hit a bong or take a pull off a joint without coughing. Regardless of how you prefer to consume, we’ll help you learn to smoke without coughing. Everyone wants to take smooth, potent hits and exhale calmly like you know what you’re doing — learn how here.

Use a Grinder

You may already know this, but how the cannabis is ground is key to the quality of your smoking experience, whether you choose a bong or a blunt or a vape. Using a grinder is imperative because it ensures an even, fine grind, which in turn makes for a smooth-burning bowl with good airflow that avoids “hot spots” or clogs. Even the most diligent of manual breaker-uppers could benefit from a good quality herb grinder.

Draw Into Your Mouth First

When smoking joints, spliffs, or blunts, it is essential that you draw the smoke into your mouth prior to inhaling into your lungs. Doing so helps the rolled cannabis burn more evenly and provides a smoother, more enjoyable hit. The process is similar to smoking a cigar – use your cheeks to draw the smoke into your mouth first.

But before that, the first thing we need to talk about is diaphragmatic breathing. Also known as belly breathing or deep breathing, the technique is intended to help you use the diaphragm correctly when inhaling and exhaling.

Your diaphragm is the often-ignored but ultra-important muscle that sits below your lungs, expanding and contracting them to draw in and expel air. Most people vastly under-use this vital organ! Using diaphragmatic breathing will help you establish a more controlled breathing process and develop muscle memory to maintain it more quickly.

There are several exercises you can perform at home until it becomes second nature, but one of the easiest is to rest your hand on your belly while sitting or lying comfortably. Breathe in slowly, feeling your belly expand as it fills with air. Then, when you’re ready, exhale slowly, feeling your diaphragm pushing the air out of your lungs. Repeat this process for several minutes, focusing only on your breathing and the movement of your belly as you do it.

As you begin practicing your diaphragmatic breathing, using a simple 4-2-4 count. Inhale softly for four seconds, pause briefly for two, and exhale gently for four. Repeat this sequence 10 times, 3 times a day to create a new breathing pattern in your subconscious. You can then call it into use every time you smoke.

When evaluating whether you find it easy or difficult to inhale smoke correctly, consider where the suction is coming from – are you drawing the smoke into your mouth (like you would with a cigar) or inhaling the smoke directly into your lungs? Both techniques are technically correct, but they are typically applied to different consumption methods. Regardless of how you like to consume, we’ll help you learn how to smoke effectively.

Slow and Steady, like Yoga

You do not need to inhale with any amount of force, pace, or aggression. The gentlest inhalation will draw the smoke into your lungs. Think of the breaths you’ve experienced in yoga class, meditation, or prayer. Let the smoke fill your lungs slowly and gently, milking the bong until you’re ready to clear it.

Add Fresh Oxygen

It is crucial to inject fresh oxygen into your lungs along with the smoke. If you’re smoking out of a naturally smooth vape pen like the Pax 3, you inhale the smoke directly into your lungs. If you’re smoking a joint, spliff, blunt or glass that does not have a carb, be sure to draw the smoke into your mouth first and then take it into your lungs along with a breath of fresh air.

Alternatively, if smoking a bong or pipe (or anything else with a carb), be sure to leave some lung capacity before pulling the bowl or releasing the carb, which introduces fresh air into the hit. This fresh oxygen will cool your lungs down and re-oxygenate your body in conjunction with the delivery of cannabinoids. If you’re in need of a new smoking device, we highly recommend checking out Bloomgroove. They stock everything!

Don’t Hold it

Many people try to hold the smoke in their lungs, thinking they need to “give it time to work.” While holding it is a deeply held belief by some people, this idea is completely false. You don’t need to hold the smoke in. The second you inhale, the cannabinoids are absorbed by your body. That increased “rush” felt by people who hold their hits is due to oxygen deprivation, not improved absorption of THC. Breathe it in, and breathe it out.

Release at the Same Pace

Allow your exhale to occur as softly and gently as your inhale. Without the added pressure of holding the smoke down, you should find that you have more control over your exhale. You can practice this calm breathing sequence before your next smoke, and let us know how it worked for you!

In our experience, the people that struggle especially with coughing are doing one of two things: they’re either holding the smoke in too long, or they’re failing to introduce fresh oxygen with each smoke-filled hit. Keep in mind, the above tips also apply to smoking CBD-rich strains. While they won’t get you “high” like cannabis flower, raw organic hemp flower can provide potent, fast-acting relief from a variety of symptoms in a full-spectrum, whole-plant format that’s familiar to cannabis consumers.

CBD Joints: Relief Without the High

Everyone loves the classic cannabis joint, but did you know you can also roll a doobie of organic hemp flower?

There’s been a lot of press about CBD concentrates and isolates, but did you know there are high-CBD strains available as well? In addition to the CBD-heavy indica cannabis strains available at dispensaries in states with legal medical cannabis programs, organic hemp flower is federally legal in all 50 states (yes, you can buy online and have it mailed to you) and looks, feels, smells, and smokes just like its THC-heavy cousin, but without the high.

It won’t give you the psychoactive effects of THC, but you will receive a fast-acting dose of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids to target pain, inflammation, and anxiety, among other symptoms.

We like the organic, non-GMO, sustainably-grown hemp flower from Canna Comforts, which look, taste, smell, and smoke just like the classic top-shelf marijuana strains that inspired them. Federally legal and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency, we trust Canna Comforts for a delicious and therapeutic smoking experience. Their flower is organic, non-GMO, sustainably cultivated, and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency. As industrial hemp strains, their products are federally legal and ship to all 50 states.

Tips to Cover The Smell of Cannabis

There’s a lot to love about cannabis. While many find the smell of cannabis comforting and tinged with adventure, there are some who find the smell rather bothersome. Smell is a subjective thing, and though we don’t think cannabis smells bad per se, its fragrance has a tendency of sticking around.

If you or anything around you has been marked by the smell of weed this could trigger some pretty serious consequences, depending on where you live. So, just how can you cover the smell of cannabis so that it isn’t easily recognizable? If you find yourself feeling concerned or nervous during or after a session, here are several tips to help you enjoy your cannabis discreetly and fearlessly.

Everyone has been in the unfortunate situation of catching a whiff of cannabis on their clothes, hair, home or car while out and about — not an ideal scenario when trying to consume in stealth mode.

In order to maintain maximum discretion, it’s important to deploy a few smart travel tips to smoke weed without smelling like it. Keep in mind that smell is subjective – what does not smell to you may actually be quite noticeable to, say, a neighbor or your great aunt Olive. These tips will help you minimize the smell as much as possible, but just keep that principle in mind when using them. While some of these tips many sound simple, you’d be surprised at how effective they are, especially when combined.

If you’re looking for the quickest way to get rid of the weed smell, check out the Cannabis Smoke Odor Eliminator Spray by Veil – it’s formulated specifically to eliminate the smell of weed.

Vaporizer

The easiest method for discreet smoking is a portable vaporizer. You can fill them with either flower or concentrates (according to the particular style of your vape), easily carry them during air travel, and avoid thick clouds of smoke or obvious scents at home and on the go. Some portable vaporizers are even styled after ink pens so that they blend into everyday life. In our experience, concentrate pens produce significantly less smell than loose-leaf vaporizer pens.

Properly Store Your Bud

As canna-enthusiasts, we know that cannabis doesn’t necessarily need to be sparked up and smoked to give off a potent smell. We recommend that you store your green in an airtight container that won’t allow its smell to stick to your belongings, nor compromise its quality.

Using smell-proof or odor-absorbing dark containers like a stash jars (here’s our favorite) is the best idea, but to preserve your green’s prized cannabinoids, at least store in a tinted mason jar. Keep your jar out of direct sunlight and in a place with low-humidity to protect it from the development of mold — which also prevents the smell from escaping.

Mask The Air Particles

Dousing the air with different sprays such as room sprays are great for some situations, but only work temporarily to prevent any unwanted smells. When it comes to cannabis, whatever scent they claim to imitate mixes with the smell of weed creating a funky weed blend.

Aside from these, an air purifier might prove effective as they have the ability to quickly eliminate the scent of weed (and other allergens in the air) that tend to seep into the carpets, walls, and furniture. They might be costly, but are a worthwhile investment for the consistent toker. Before your session, just plug up and power on this little life-saver and get ready for take off.

Alternatively, many people construct what is known as a ‘sploof’ – a simple device through which the smoke is blown in an effort to mask its smell with other smells. Typically, this is done by taking the cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper or paper towels (or an empty water bottle with the bottom cut out) and shoving a bunch of crumpled dryer sheets inside. The dryer sheets act as filters for the smoke, resulting in a less potent scent. If you go this route, use scented dryer sheets — the unscented variety aren’t as effective at masking the smell. A common question we hear is “do I need to purchase a professional sploof to get the best results” and the answer is: No! making your own homemade sploof is a tried and true method that college kids, teenagers, and worried parents have used for decades.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more natural option (other than outside) you could opt for diffusible essential oils, candles, incense, or potpourri. You can also try the old “wet-towel-under-the-door” trick or use a door draft stopper. These methods may not completely repel the smell of cannabis, but should at the very least be able to keep the smell in.

One of our favorite, and only products we’ve found to truly work to cover the smell of cannabis is the Veil OG Spray. This innovative and eco-friendly product is the ultimate post-smoke session odor eliminator. This spray in particular is made to actually eliminate the scent of cannabis after a smoking session.

Cook Something Fragrant

You may find this tip rather odd or unique but this smell prevention method could help you cover the smell of cannabis in a pinch. You don’t need to be a master chef or anything. All you need is a recipe full of aromatic herbs and spices to make the smell of cannabis. Indian food is perfect for this.

Try adding spices with protein, some veggies, or grains in a pan and give it a nice saute or in a big pot for stew and allow the smell to ruminate throughout your house. Although this is temporary, you get one flavorful, delicious meal out of the deal — certainly, a win, win in our book!

Have Good Ventilation

Smell is typically most noticeable in stagnant conditions so having proper ventilation in place is a must. This is especially true when smoking indoors with little to no windows. Making sure you have an adequate amount of fresh air flowing through your home is one of the best ways to rid the scent of weed. Using an air filtration device such as an HVAC system (heating cooling and ventilation) is one way to do it.

If you don’t own one of those and aren’t looking to purchase one anytime soon, you can minimize the aroma of cannabis by opening a few windows or utilizing a fan. Here’s a little hack: fix your box fan into your window, facing outside the sill and set it on high. This will not only invite more fresh air in from the outdoors, but gives the opportunity to create an abundance of some natural airflow.

Keep A Clean Environment

This may seem like common knowledge but frequently cleaning rugs, bed sheets even clothes can really help cover the smell of cannabis overtime. Stagnant smells linger and can sometimes live in a room for longer than expected. This goes for the scents on jackets as well, just because you brought your smoking outside doesn’t mean the scent is entirely removed from you.

Wash Your Hands

Oftentimes, your hands will pick up an ashtray-like scent after smoking, which is a dead giveaway every time. As soon as you finish smoking or vaping, a quick hand wash will remove many of the contaminants that may have ended up on your fingers during the grinding, loading, rolling, lighting, and clearing process. If you’re in a pinch, you can use a generous douse of hand sanitizer or even a baby wipe to cleanse your hands of odor-causing particles.

Keeping The Smell of Cannabis On The DL

Now that you know these tips to cover the smell of cannabis, you’re on your way to becoming a scent masking pro! While most of the tips on this list are great to incorporate long term, we know that you’ll want something to work in a pinch. Our quick and effective go-to method: windows open, sprintz of Veil and keeping our linens clean.

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IGNITE International Brands, Ltd. Enters National Distribution Agreement With Radicle Medical Marijuana Inc.

VAUGHAN, Ontario, Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IGNITE International Brands, Ltd. (CSE:BILZ, OTCQX: BILZF) (“IGNITE” or the “Company”), a global consumer packaged goods brand, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a national distribution agreement with Radicle Medical Marijuana Inc. (“Radicle”), a leading white label producer of craft cannabis. Radicle operates a 40,000 square foot hydroponic facility, focused on producing small batch, high quality cannabis and brings an established distribution network that will help ensure IGNITE products continue to be accessible to all Canadian consumers.

“A partnership with Radicle is a strategic move that brings like-minded, industry leading experts together to form a collaboration that will solidify IGNITE’s position in the Canadian Cannabis market,” said Gene Bernaudo, Global Head of Cannabis at IGNITE. “Curating premium craft cannabis and delivering consistent products are goals IGNITE shares with Radicle and are defining characteristics of the IGNITE brand. Our goal is to bring IGNITE’s product portfolio to the next level by working with Radicle, utilizing their expertise to research and develop genetics that will be exclusive to IGNITE in Canada.”

About IGNITE

IGNITE is a global consumer brand, operating in the premium product segment of the market. Founded by Dan Bilzerian, the Company’s ‘quality‐first’ approach is fundamental to the brand and its products. Originally operating in the cannabis and hemp‐derived cannabidiol (CBD) wellness space, IGNITE was able to establish its brand awareness. IGNITE product categories now include a full line of CBD oil tinctures, CBD topicals, CBD pet products and CBD vape devices, nicotine and synthetic nicotine vape products, a line of premium performance drinks, named Z‐RO as well as a gluten‐free, seven‐time distilled vodka, and apparel produced by various partners and sold through select distributors, brick and mortar retailers, and online through the Company’s website, ignite.co. The IGNITE THC product line, which was launched subsequent to the CBD product line, incorporates quality, locally sourced, cannabis products.

Shares of IGNITE are listed on the CSE under the symbol “BILZ” and quoted in the United States on the OTCQX under the symbol “BILZF”.

Further information on IGNITE can be found on the Company’s website at ignite.co.

For further information, please contact:

Linda K. Menzel, General Counsel
Tel: 310‐867‐3859
Email: [email protected]

About Radicle Medical Marijuana Inc.

Founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 2014 Radicle Cannabis Inc. is a licenced producer under the Cannabis Act. The company received its cultivation license in 2017, and its sales license in 2018. The company has positioned itself as a premium white label producer and is working with the biggest and best cannabis brands in the world. The company’s mission is to distribute and cultivate premium craft cannabis to match the needs of the market, and to be beloved by customers remains the centre of the company’s core values. For more information, visit www.radiclecannabis.ca

For more information, please visit https://radiclecannabis.ca

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARDLOOKING INFORMATION

This news release includes certain “forward‐looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation, including statements with respect to the future distribution arrangement with Radicle and its ability to distribute IGNITE’s products. Forward‐looking statements are necessarily based upon several estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward‐looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and the effects and impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) pandemic, the extent and duration of which are uncertain at this time on IGNITE’s business and general economic and business conditions and markets. There can be no assurance that any of the forward‐looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward‐looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward‐looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

NEITHER THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

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Former ambassador to U.S. shares insights with Northern chambers

While the aftermath of the American presidential election continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how exactly the shift of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden will impact Canada-U.S. relations. A former international ambassador cautions it won’t be all sunshine and lollipops ahead for the generally friendly neighbours. Derek Burney, who was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) served as Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. from 1989 to 1993 under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Burney is currently chancellor of Lakehead University, chairman of the Burney Investment Group, chairman of GardaWorld’s International Advisory Board, chairman of Enablence Technologies Inc., and a member of the advisory board of Paradigm Capital. He was named an Officer to the Order of Canada in 1993. Last week he gave an online address which was hosted by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, and simulcast by the chambers of Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay and Timmins. Burney opened by calling the U.S. election a “cathartic” event. “The aftershocks continue to resonate. The Electoral College will meet on Dec. 14 to certify the results, and formally declare Joe Biden as president.” He then spoke of the big takeaways he had from the election. “A huge turnout amplified by massive influxes of mail-in ballots helped ultimately tip the verdict to Joe Biden, even though Trump won 10 million more votes than he received in 2016.” Burney said the ‘Blue Wave’ that many pollsters had predicted did not materialize. “Too many pollsters seemed more inclined to affect, rather than reflect, the mood of American voters. Biden won with a tightly disciplined, low-key campaign, banking on the fact that he was not Trump, and that the election would be a referendum on Trump, not a choice between the two candidates.” Burney lamented that foreign policy was barely mentioned by either candidate throughout the campaign. “Personalities, character and COVID concerns dominated.” Burney pointed out that regardless of the outcome the United States is in a period of deep division. “The country remains highly polarized — split right down the middle and very difficult to govern. The Democrats are jubilant, but weary. The Republicans are subdued, but not submissive.” He said the election conveyed a messy image of American democracy to the world, and that it regrettably emboldened authoritarian leaders like China’s President Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to take advantage. Domestically, policy ideas from the Republicans and Democrats on matters such as taxes, immigration, health care and energy are seemingly polar opposites. “Biden will definitely bring a less abrasive tone, especially on global issues, but his ability to implement major changes on domestic issues will be circumscribed, if the Republicans hold the Senate. He will also need to consolidate consensus on policies and priorities first within his own party, which is more divided internally, than are the Republicans.” “Biden’s pledge to heal and unite the nation is commendable, but maybe unrealistic.” On the positive side, Burney did remark that there was some scope for bipartisan consensus on issues like justice reform, infrastructure, and possibly healthcare. “But if the Congress remains divided, agreements will require nimble give-and-take negotiations. At least Biden and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell are both Senate veterans, and they begin with a degree of mutual respect, a spirit that was entirely lacking between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” Regarding Canada and how a new government will affect Canadian business, Burney, said Biden will be more congenial with U.S. allies. “After 47 years of service in Washington, he is no stranger to Canada, nor to our Prime Minister and other alliance leaders. That alone is good news.” However, Burney said that in reality, the Canada-U.S. relationship is “no longer special” and that Biden’s domestic policies are a mixed bag for Canada moving forward. “Those favouring more action on climate change will be pleased by his quick decision to rejoin the Paris Accord. I personally would be happier if he were also committed to ensuring more timely, and more tangible commitments by major polluters like China and India. The imbalance is startling.” He also cautioned that Western Canada could be in for more challenging times concerning the oil and gas sector if Biden’s positions come to fruition. “If he fulfils his pledge to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit, that would be devastating for our energy sector. In my view, such action would be blatantly discriminatory and should be challenged forcefully by our government, not just the pipeline companies.” The first few months of 2021 will be highly interesting for economic observers on both sides of the border as the two nations, the largest trading partners on the planet, scramble to get their economies rolling again during a global health crisis. “Because we are joined at the hip economically with the U.S., we stand to gain when their economy is robust, and conversely when the U.S. economy slumps, so does ours. That is why my fervid hope is that Joe Biden puts economy recovery first and foremost on his agenda.” Burney told the business-oriented viewers what his overall message is. “At a time of greater instability and uncertainty in the world, my most important message to you is that greater self-reliance is becoming the order of the day. As business operators, you need to be mindful of that increasing trend. Find ways to produce more of what is needed right here in Canada, and rely less on global supply chains that can easily be disrupted, as our experience with COVID, badly demonstrated.”Andrew Autio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Daily Press

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Miguel Algarín, a founder of beloved NYC poetry space, dies

NEW YORK — Miguel Algarín, poet, professor and a founder of New York City’s beloved Nuyorican Poets Café performance space, has died. He was 79. Algarín died Monday at a Manhattan hospital from sepsis, said Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Café. Born in Puerto Rico, Algarín and his family came to New York City when he was a child. After Algarín had returned to New York with degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania State University, he held gatherings with other poets in his apartment in the early 1970s, exploring Puerto Rican identity and other themes. Out of that was created the Nuyorican Poets Café, which by 1981 had moved to a building on Manhattan’s lower east side where it remains. “Miguel was a brilliant poet, an influential professor and leader, and a supportive mentor who inspired and guided generations of artists,” Gallant said. Algarín was a prolific writer, with multiple books of poetry to his name, and edited several anthologies as well. He spent years at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he taught classes on Shakespeare, creative writing and ethnic literature, and became a professor emeritus. Gallant said the cafe would have an online tribute for Algarín this month, and would do something in person as soon as conditions allow. The Associated Press

WHO: Virus drug distributions must be equitable

The World Health Organization says the world is close to seeing the end of the COVID-19 pandemic but warned that inequalities in distributing a vaccine and other therapeutics could have deep economic and social consequences. (Dec. 4)

Free tree saplings up for grabs in Northumberland County

Northumberland County hopes residents dig a program that provides them with free tree saplings to plant on their properties. ​Applications for Northumberland County’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) replacement tree program have reopened following two years of successful EAB replacement tree programs that resulted in the local planting of 24,000 trees. ​County residents are invited to apply to receive free tree saplings as part of a five-year program subsidized by the county. Residents can apply to receive between 25 to 150 trees to plant on their property in Northumberland. ​There will be 12,000 trees subsidized through this year’s application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Tree species available through the program include various types of oak, maple and pine as well as spruce, birch and tamarack. All successful orders will be available for pickup from Lower Trent Conservation in the spring. ​This program was developed to replace trees that are being removed as part of Northumberland County’s 10-year plan to remove hazardous trees as a precaution to prevent injury or damage. This plan was developed in response to the EAB, an invasive insect that attacks and kills ash trees. For every tree removed as part of the plan, Northumberland County will subsidize about 10 native trees for residents to plant on their property. ​For more information about the program and to apply to receive free saplings, visit Northumberland.ca/EABprogram. ​ ​ ​Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News

14-year old St. Catharines student spells W-I-N at national championship

Niagara is now home to one of the best young spellers in Canada. Leena Jalees, 14, of St. Catharines took home the gold at this year’s Spelling Bee of Canada national championship, beating out 25 other competitors in the intermediate division (ages 12-14) across the country. Jalees, who has entered the regional competitions on two previous occasions, said this was her first time reaching the national level, after winning Niagara’s competition earlier in November. Jalees said she had always been a good speller, particularly when it came to everyday words, and thought entering a spelling bee would help her expand her spelling abilities when it came to new and unfamiliar words. “I thought it would be fun to learn new words, and become a better speller, and know the tactics of how to break down the words and be able to spell words I have never heard of before. So I decided to do a spelling bee, just to see how well I could do.” Jalees did more than okay. In her first appearance on the national stage, she was crowned the winner in the intermediate division of the Spelling Bee of Canada after correctly spelling the word “taxonomist”. For Jalees, the word was a no-brainier. “When I found out that was the word, I was so relieved because I was already familiar with that word. I already knew how to spell it, so I didn’t have to think about it.” So how does one study for a spelling bee? The competitors were given a manual of 400 words two and a half weeks prior to the competition, but that doesn’t include tiebreaker words, which are entirely new, and come down to the participants’ ability to break down the word itself. Jalees said her strategy involves looking at the words as multiple units, and understanding the origin of the word itself. “One of the words was polemicist. I thought it was a medical word, but then when I knew it had to do with politics, then I decided to change the way I spelled it to ending in ‘cist’. So I was very grateful I didn’t start spelling it the way I was initially going to.” Jalees, who hopes to one day be an OB/GYN said she hopes to defend her title at next year’s competition, as it may be her last year of eligibility. “I am going to try again next year, and see how well I can do again.” Also representing Niagara at the national championship were Jimmy Zhou, of Niagara Falls, who competed in the junior division (ages 9-11) and Shirley Chen, of St. Catharines, who competed in the primary division (ages 6-8).Bryan Levesque, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

Denmark agrees deal to have 775,000 electric cars by 2030

Denmark on Friday agreed on a deal with parliament to put at least 775,000 electric or hybrid cars on Danish roads by 2030 in its latest move to reach its ambitious target reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% in 2030. The government also announced a broader aim of having as many as one million low or zero-emission cars on the road by 2030, but the current deal would secure financing for the first 775,000. There are currently only around 20,000 electric cars in Denmark, a fraction of the 2.5 million cars currently on Danish roads.

National employment numbers for November from Statistics Canada, at a glance

OTTAWA — A quick look at Canada’s November employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 8.5 per cent (8.9)Employment rate: 59.5 per cent (59.4)Participation rate: 65.1 per cent (65.2)Number unemployed: 1,735,200 (1,816,800)Number working: 18,615,600 (18,553,500)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 17.4 per cent (18.8)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 7.4 per cent (7.8)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 6.8 per cent (6.8)This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 4, 2020 and was generated automatically.The Canadian Press

Windsor woman being subjected to rent increase despite province-wide freeze into 2021

Despite a province-wide rental freeze for 2021, Windsorite Amanda Younan says she’s “angry” that her landlord is trying to increase her rent for March. Younan, who has been renting a home off of Erie Street for the last seven years, says she was notified three weeks ago that her rent will increase by 1.5 per cent. But in October, the province implemented a rental freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The freeze prevents rental increases for most tenants in 2021. When Younan emailed her landlord about the freeze, she said they told her it only applied to people on social assistance or those who have occupied a residence after 2018. Yet, on the Ontario government’s website, it says the rent freeze applies to most tenants, including those living in: * Rented houses, apartments and condos (including units occupied for the first time for residential purposes after Nov. 15, 2018). * Basement apartments. * Care homes (including retirement homes). * Mobile home parks. * Land lease communities. * Rent-geared-to-income units and market rent units in community housing. * Affordable housing units created through federally and/or provincially funded programs. Worries others might be ‘taken advantage of’Younan currently pays $900 for her space. Although she acknowledges that the increase is minimal — about $13 — she says it’s the “principle of following the rules.” “I think everyone just needs to know about it because they’re going to be taken advantage of,” she said. “I don’t want [my landlord] to retaliate against us for anything like we’re just trying to follow the rules. They should have to follow the rules like everybody else.” Younan said she went to the Landlord and Tenant Board, which confirmed that she shouldn’t be subject to the increase.But Younan said her landlord has not responded to her email that includes the board’s response. CBC News has reviewed the emails between Younan and her landlord. Home 2 Home Properties Inc. is the property management company for Younan’s rental. Marie Latif with Home 2 Home Properties Inc. spoke with CBC News, though she did not want to do a formal interview. Latif said that the tenant does not have to pay the rent increase, though Younan says they have not told her that. Few exemptions to rent freezeIn an email to CBC News, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing confirmed that the government’s passing of bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020, means that most rents can not increase next year. “There are very few exemptions to this freeze,” the statement reads. Exceptions to this include above guideline increases approved by the Landlord and Tenant Board before Oct. 1, 2020. These can still be approved by the board and applied to 2021 rents if they are for “costs related to eligible capital repairs and security services, but not if they are for extraordinary increases in municipal taxes and charges,” the website states. Additionally, the website notes that tenants and landlords can still agree on rent increases in exchange for another service or facility, such as air conditioning or parking. The rent freeze is expected to end on Dec. 31, 2021, and landlords are to give “proper 90 days’ notice beforehand for a rent increase that takes effect in 2022,” the website states. As a result of this, Legal Assistance of Windsor lawyer Anna Colombo told CBC News that anyone given notice of a rent increase does not have to pay it for 2021, regardless of their income level. “[Younan] might want to have a conversation with her landlord . and communicate that she’s not going to be paying that rent increase that those aren’t allowed until January 2022 and again providing that proper 90 day notice, within the proper amount and the proper form,” Colombo said. MPP says many similar complaints have been heard Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky says Younan is not alone and that what she has experienced is “very common.” “It goes back to the fact that the government needs to do a better job of ensuring that the tenants know their rights and that those rights are respected and enforced. But also that landlords know the rules and are clear on what it is that they can and can’t do as far as the rent increases come or evictions and things like that,” she said. Gretzky attributes uncertainty on this to the government failing to appropriately and consistently communicate. “What we’ve seen with many government announcements and decisions lately is it tends to be very fluid so things change and people get confused or direction is unclear,” she said. She said tenants should continue to voice their concerns or issues to their local MPP.

Northumberland Paramedics recognizes fallen colleagues during service

Northumberland Paramedics recently recognized fellow Canadian first responders who were killed in the line of duty. ​Fallen civilian and military paramedics were honoured at a service hosted Dec. 2 by Northumberland Paramedics. The service kicked off a three-day tour through the county of the Paramedic Memorial Bell, which is a monument recognizing those who have died. ​“We have gathered on this solemn occasion to recognize the men and women who, while serving as military or civilian paramedics, lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Northumberland Paramedics Chief Susan Brown. “Northumberland Paramedics (is) privileged to host the Paramedic Memorial Bell this week – a tribute to these individuals. By reading each name inscribed on the bell, we bear witness to the ultimate sacrifice made by these first responders while serving their community — honouring individuals who are gone but never forgotten.” ​Co-ordinated by the Paramedic Memorial Foundation, the bell travels through communities each year as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness and funds for the construction of a stationary national monument to memorialize fallen paramedics. The bell sits atop a three-tiered wooden base, where the 51 names of those being honoured are engraved onto small plates, dating as recent as this year and going back to 1980. ​The Paramedic Memorial Bell is typically part of the Paramedic Memorial Ride tour, which is an inter-provincial cycling journey. With this year’s rides cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have arranged for the bell to travel between paramedic services across Ontario for local ceremonies. ​The tour started in Windsor in June and will continue moving through eastern Ontario and onwards to Ottawa for a closing ceremony on Parliament Hill. ​“As this monument makes stops across Ontario on its journey to Ottawa this year, let it be a reminder of the individuals who responded to the call of duty despite significant personal risk,” said county warden Bob Sanderson. ​“And let us express our gratitude for the paramedics who continue to carry the torch and deliver the vital pre-hospital health care that keeps our community safe, strong and healthy.” ​The Paramedic Memorial Bell will be received Dec. 4 in several Northumberland communities by local officials. ​Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News

Trudeau stresses digital tech’s potential — and dangers — at global AI summit

MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off the inaugural meeting of a global council on artificial intelligence by warning of the danger of unbridled digital technology, despite its potential to change the world for the better. The virtual summit marks the latest step in the slow march toward international co-operation on digital governance amid growing concerns over data privacy, built-in bias and deployment in war. Canada first set out on that path two years ago, unveiling plans with France for a standing AI forum during a meeting of G7 countries in Quebec. Since then, 13 other states have signed on to the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to guide policy development with an eye to human rights, establishing expert panels and involving government, industry and academia. Speaking ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, Trudeau said AI has the potential to combat diseases and climate change, but also to “create new challenges if left unchecked.” Last month, the Liberal government tabled legislation to give Canadians more control over their information in the digital age, with potentially stiff fines for companies that flout the rules. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 4, 2020. The Canadian Press

Former Malta PM says he had no indication of journalist murder plot

Former Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told a board of inquiry on Friday that he had no prior indication of any plans for the 2017 murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Muscat was testifying before the public inquiry that he had appointed to look into whether the state could have prevented the murder, which shocked Europe and raised questions about the rule of law on the small Mediterranean island. Schembri resigned a few days earlier, when his close friendship with Fenech was revealed.

Erdogan says he hopes France gets rid of President Macron

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president has renewed his vitriolic attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron, saying he hopes France will get rid of him soon. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Macron “trouble” for France, which he said was experiencing a dangerous time under his leadership. “My wish is for France to get rid of the Macron trouble as soon as possible,” Erdogan said. Otherwise, Erdogan claimed, France would not be able to overcome the Yellow Vest protest movement against social injustice in the country. Erdogan also said France has lost its credibility as an intermediary of the Minsk group, which was created in the 1990s to encourage peaceful resolution for the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. France has sided with Armenia in that conflict, and Turkey with Azerbaijan. Erdogan’s comments come amid harsh rhetoric from both leaders. Macron tried to avoid further escalation Friday, calling for “respect” after Erdogan’s attack, and deflecting a question on the spat. The French leader also told Brut, a news website, that Erdogan was in the process of limiting the liberty of the Turkish people. Relations have been tense over a host of issues, including what Erdogan characterizes as French Islamopohobia, energy disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean and Libya. In October, Erdogan said Macron needed his head examined for defending caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. At the time, French authorities denounced Turkish “propaganda” against France and Paris recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations. The French presidency responded to Erdogan’s comments in October with unusually strong language, saying: “Excess and rudeness are not a method” and “we are not accepting insults,” and called for changes in Erdogan’s “dangerous” policy. The Associated Press

Un entraînement militaire soulève des questions

La tenue d’un exercice d’instruction sur la base de Valcartier par plusieurs militaires membres du Régiment du Saguenay, du 20 au 22 novembre dernier, soulève des interrogations et des craintes pour la famille de l’un d’entre eux en raison des risques potentiels de propagation de la COVID-19. Au cours des derniers jours, un citoyen de Chicoutimi, dont le fils est membre du Régiment du Saguenay et qui vit sous le même toit que ses parents, s’est interrogé sur la pertinence de tenir des exercices militaires regroupant plusieurs dizaines de personnes dans les deux zones rouges nécessitant le transport des participants. Selon le récit de l’interlocuteur, le jeune homme a été transporté en minibus jusqu’à Valcartier avec tout son équipement à bord en respectant la mesure de distanciation tandis que le port du masque aurait été plus ou moins respecté, une affirmation difficile à vérifier. Le parent concerné aurait tenté de dissuader le fils d’âge majeur de participer à l’exercice militaire, mais il aurait répondu que ses petits frères et sœurs allaient à l’école, ce qui le légitimait de se rendre à Valcartier. « La participation au Régiment du Saguenay se fait sur une base volontaire. Il y a des pères de famille là-dedans. Notre crainte est que mon fils revienne avec le virus et nous contamine, moi et ma conjointe, qui sommes confinés en télétravail, ainsi que ses petits frères et sœurs. On comprend que le Régiment du Saguenay est sa seule source de revenus », mentionne ce parent inquiet. Mis au fait de la situation, l’adjudant-chef du Régiment du Saguenay, François Girard, confirme que 43 membres du régiment, dont lui-même, ainsi que des membres de la réserve oeuvrant comme policiers à la Base miliaire de Bagotville, ont été transportés à Québec pour des manœuvres d’instruction. Des exercices d’attaques en zone rurale, de patrouille de reconnaissance et de rappel sur tour ont été effectués. L’adjudant-chef assure que toutes les mesures édictées par la Santé publique ont dû être respectées à partir du transport des militaires, qui a été effectué avec des autobus d’une capacité de 47 passagers remplis à 50 %, jusqu’aux mesures de distanciation sur le terrain. M. Girard nie que les masques ont été enlevés à bord. M. Girard précise que depuis le printemps, le Régiment du Saguenay a été mis en pause et a dû annuler une quantité importante d’activités prévues au calendrier tandis que plusieurs membres du commandement oeuvrent en télétravail. L’autre réalité est que les militaires doivent continuer de conserver leurs capacités opérationnelles afin de pouvoir faire face à toute situation d’urgence, opérations terrain, sauvetage, etc., ce qui exige la tenue d’entraînements collectifs comme ceux tenus à la fin novembre. « Dans nos directives, tout est observé quant au respect des règles. Il nous faut des gens qui vont continuer à faire ce qu’ils ont à faire. Pour ça, il nous faut être en santé. Aussitôt qu’on a des doutes, on ferme les unités. » M. Girard conclut que la participation aux exercices collectifs au sein du Régiment du Saguenay se fait sur une base volontaire et que personne n’oblige les membres à être présents.Denis Villeneuve, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Quotidien

Bye bye fax machines! Downey pushing ahead with advancements to justice system

Ontario’s justice system will continue to push forward and modernize beyond the rapid transformations forced by the pandemic, Attorney General Doug Downey told the Empire Club of Canada on Thursday. During the lunchtime virtual meeting, Downey talked about some of the advancements made in the province’s justice system since emergency measures were enforced in March to ensure it could operate safely. “It wasn’t long before capacity was expanded to conduct 100 per cent of proceedings involving a person in custody” and advancing to remote hearings, said Downey, who is also the local MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. “Behind the scenes, we were making targeted investments to update technology in a sector where fax machines were still an acceptable way of doing business.” The initiatives included remote court access, the new use of digital signatures and service by email, all of which are now becoming permanent staples of the system. As a result, he said, the system has become stronger by becoming more accessible and more resilient. “We really did rely on fax machines, millions of pages of paper, and technology that was just slightly better than Morse code to share information,” he said, adding that just two days ago the word ‘telegram’ was replaced by ’email’ in a civil rule. Within months, the old paper-based system has been modernized to allow for online filing of more than 450 different documents. As a result, 95 per cent of civil proceedings are filed online and more than 70 per cent of family matters. Information about court cases are now available online, meaning people don’t have to line up at the courthouse to gain access. And a platform to power online and in-person hearings was also adopted. Last June, the changes allowed 20,000 people to log into an online Superior Court hearing to witness a judge deliver a sentence in a high-profile case. In September, the Superior Court reported 50,000 hearings had been conducted virtually. The lesson, Downey said, was to not just address yesterday’s issues, but to look at solutions for tomorrow’s sustainability and resilience and to not be afraid of change. He also suggested adopting a design for a courthouse implementing some of the customer service elements available in an airport. Or creating an app that allows the user to schedule a court appearance from a cellphone. “The pandemic showed us, in stark terms, how far behind Ontario’s justice system had fallen,” he said. “Now we know better, and we’ll do better. In this new approach, justice accelerated means justice delivered.” During a question period, he pointed to Ontario’s tribunals, which were largely shut down after the COVID-19 crisis and prevented normal interaction. Downey said he’s struck a deal with British Columbia’s attorney general to adopt its four-year-old online tribunal system for $1, provided Ontario takes care of the updates.Marg. Bruineman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, barrietoday.com

Firefighters move in on Southern California canyon blaze, aided by easing winds

Firefighters battling a blaze in a Southern California canyon made some progress toward containment but were up against more high winds and low humidity on Friday, which threatened to stoke the flames that forced thousands to evacuate. The Bond Fire, which was about 10% contained on Friday afternoon, broke out around on Wednesday night on the road for which it is named and quickly engulfed much of Silverado Canyon, egged on by strong Santa Ana winds. “Firefighters worked through the night extinguishing hot spots, mopping up around structures and stopping the forward spread of this fire,” Captain Paul Holaday of Orange County Fire Authority said in a video posted to Twitter on Friday.

Sask. Court of Appeal hears long-running dispute over 600 flooded acres

Lawyers fought the latest round of a 16-year legal battle by video conference in the province’s top court on Tuesday and Wednesday. The long-running dispute between Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) and the Saskatchewan government aims to find whether 600 flooded acres of land near Southend is a reserve. The debate centres on whether to uphold Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Dan Konkin’s 2019 decision finding the land was never properly designated as a reserve. That decision also tossed out PBCN’s claim that the flooding meant the province and SaskPower were trespassing on the land. This week, PBCN and the federal government argued it is a reserve — a finding that would throw out the lower court’s decision and help the First Nation’s legal counsel press for compensation based off the trespassing claim. “The important thing here is the ownership of (roughly) 10,000 acres of land is at stake,” said Thomas Berger, a prominent British Columbia lawyer who has long served as PBCN’s counsel on the case. The Saskatchewan government and SaskPower argued to uphold the 2019 decision, saying the reserve was never properly designated. The Ministry of Justice declined to comment on a matter before the courts. One part of the dispute centres on a surveyor’s actions almost a century ago. When the surveyor was tasked with finding Barren Lands band members at Southend in 1929, he found members of PBCN. PBCN argued he took steps to create a reserve there. A 1981 federal government cabinet order and the land’s inclusion in the 1992 Saskatchewan Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement confirmed that designation, PBCN’s factum said. In an interview, Berger said the province’s position on its status was a reversal because “25 years later, they said, ‘we made a mistake.’ ” Saskatchewan legal counsel Mitch McAdam said that’s not necessarily the case. In a factum, he wrote that the surveyor’s “instructions were crystal clear — to survey a reserve at Southend for Barren Lands — and he carried those instructions out ‘to a T.’ ” However, McAdam said the survey was flawed and incomplete. He said the government also never confirmed it as a reserve, meaning the land passed to Saskatchewan under the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement in 1930. That brings into question who owns the land that Whitesand Dam floods as it controls Reindeer River’s flow into the nearby Island Falls hydroelectric power station. Berger says his clients are owed their “fair share” of compensation for the flooding, but that partly depends on how the court sides on the question of the land’s reserve status. “If Peter Ballantyne has no interest in the (land), in other words, the (land) is not Indian reserve land, (and) Peter Ballantyne has no claim in trespass,” the SaskPower factum noted. Berger expects to hear the top court’s decision sometime in 2021. NoneNick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The StarPhoenix

Fort McMurray tutors seeing increased demand due to pandemic

Fort McMurray’s tutors have been busy throughout the pandemic, with many saying they’ve seen their enrolment double. Phanisree Timmaraju, director of Brite Academy, said she had to hire two additional tutors to keep up with the demand. “Even now, every day we do get new inquiries,” said Timmaraju. She said many are looking for help with math and English. In a typical year Timmaraju gets most of the inquiries in September and early December, but this year she has had people reaching out for tutoring almost every day. “They used to know whether they need tutoring or not at the beginning of the term,” said Timmaraju. She said some of the new students that have come in are around a year behind in their studies. “It’s a very significant impact on the children,” said Timmaraju. “It’s mostly the motivation to study. It’s very hard to maintain that.” Many parents have recently asked Timmaraju about getting their children in tutoring, but she’s booked-up. More students would fit into the online tutoring program, but Timmaraju said parents are mostly looking for in-person learning. Tammy McAnaul started tutoring six years ago. She said parents aren’t just asking for tutoring, they’re also asking for help teaching their children. “I’ve also seen an increase in my need at home to help my own daughter who’s in Grade 7,” said McAnaul. Sometimes the solution is simple, like encouraging her daughter to reach out and ask her teacher more questions. McAnaul says she hasn’t noticed a large gap in her students’ reading, but said there is a noticeable difference in math. “There’s stuff that my grade nines and tens are learning this year that they didn’t get to before the pandemic,” said McAnaul. She added that there have always been families that would like to get tutoring for their children, but can’t afford it. “It’s definitely worse since the pandemic,” said McAnaul. “There’s no funding or coverage or anything for that.” McAnaul isn’t the only one who has noticed families that can’t afford tutoring during the pandemic. Ijeoma Uchea-Ezeala is the director the is the director for the Kumon Math and Reading Centre in Fort McMurray. She says she tries to help families who can’t afford tutoring. “People are being laid off, hours are reduced,” said Uchea-Ezeala. “Some parents are able to afford it. Some parents are not.” Uchea-Ezeala said she would like to see grants from the province to help fund tutors. “This year we had over 90 per cent of parents asking, ‘Why is the government not giving funding for things like this?'” Nicole Sparrow with the province’s education ministry told CBC News in an email that education funding needs to go to the classroom. “The funding model directs as many dollars as possible to where it has the biggest impact for students, in the classroom — whether in-person or virtual,” she said. “We know it’s best to maximize taxpayer dollars to school authorities in order to meet the needs of students, as they are accountable for learning outcomes.”

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