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ne of the Liberal promises during the last campaign seems on the way to becoming a reality, although not before next year. Legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes should have been tabled this week in the House of Commons. And if everything goes as planned, before July 1, 2018, anxious cannabis fans after years of doing it outside the law, would finally be able to consume this drug with no more restrictions than what you currently have to drink beer or smoke a regular cigarette. Legalizing marijuana would have a substantial economic effect, both for the government which would be able to get taxes from what would become a regular product subjected to sales tax and

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presence in Quebec, and therefore like many other large and small pot entrepreneurs, the next big question would be how the Quebec government will regulate the marketing of the product. A report requested by the provincial government some time ago mentioned two possibilities: government owned stores—in the same style of the current liquor stores, but they would be a separate set of establishments exclusively devoted to cannabis—and allowing private retailers to be in charge, although with

probably to other socalled sin taxes and for those who would be providing the merchandise to the public. Just a few months ago when Cannabis Culture tried to

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set foot in Montreal, it was raided by the police and its owner Marc

Emery arrested. Of course, that was a sort of activism-motivated move more than a real attempt to establish a commercial enterprise in the city. Other businesses already involved somehow in the pot trade, however, are taking a more strategic approach, just waiting until the legislation is put in place. According to a report from the Financial Post section of The Gazette this week, “Shares of marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp. have surged more than fourfold over the past 12 months amid investor optimism over recreational sales, which Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. said in November could reach $6 billion annually by 2021.” Canopy, one of the largest companies in the pot business already has a

strict regulations. The Quebec government hasn’t made its mind yet on this issue and very likely; it would wait until the legislative process is more advanced in Ottawa. It may also consult and see what the other provinces may be planning to do. The experience of other jurisdictions could also be used. Some states in the USA have legalized marijuana, but not the federal government there. Uruguay was the first country in the world to

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the Criminal Code which However, it took three is under federal jurisdicyears before the law was tion. However, there are implemented. Marijuana health and retail marketin that country is sold in ing issues that fall under specially licensed phar- provincial jurisdiction. macies, people who have That's why the regulation sign-up on a registry can of cannabis commercialbuy up to 10 g. per week, ization in the planned the drug is sold in bags federal legislation would featuring no publicity and be left to the provinces, two local companies including questions of the have been licensed after legal age to purchase the a public tender called by product. Age 18 would the government to pro- be the minimum set by the federal government, duce the drug. According to early re- but individual provinces ports, leaked to various can set it at an older age media outlets at the be- (some people want it to ginning of this week, the be set at 25, which in my federal government is view, would only keep a dealing with this issue in black market quite aca very cautious way. The tive). The legislation would reason to take that approach is that there are also adopt the recomtoo many players and mendations of a task constituents to which force regarding measures the government must lis- to prevent driving under ten in order to find some the effects of the drug, common ground. Legaliz- and limitations similar to ing marijuana is some- those of cigarettes: no thing that only Ottawa advertising, restrictions could do since its use is regarding the places to currently penalized by smoke, and especially strict penalties to those continued from Page 3

who sell to minors.These restrictions are reasonable: after all, most marijuana consumption is done through smoking (in the state of Washington more than 60 percent is smoked: people making their own joints, or buying already-packed marijuana cigarettes; only 13 percent consume it in an edible product and less than 10 percent as a drink ingredient). And when it comes to tar deposit in one’s lungs marijuana is not different from nicotine or any inhaled smoke for that matter. In any case, especially for Montreal, a city that has embraced alternative lifestyles and embarked on the exploration of new experiences for a long time, the legalization of marijuana would be regarded by most as a long overdue measure, after all, we all know that prohibition never actually worked.

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Francofolies, l'amour for the French song The "family photo" with the artists present at the press conference


here are two fun ways of learning French, yeah, we know, find a Québécoise lover, many people would immediately say. But then there is the second way: listening to French songs. And if you want something more than that, a sort of immersion into a French environment, well, in that case, the best advice would be to attend some of the concerts being held during the eleven days of the Francofolies de Montréal, from June 8 to 18, this coming summer. The lineup for the indoor shows was unveiled this past Tuesday at a press conference. As in previous editions of this French song festival, a diversity of styles and genres is its main characteristic. Let's see what some of the shows will present: Pierre Lapointe's "Amours, délices et orgues" is described as "An extraordinary project somewhere between song, design, dance, and monologue" (Maison symphonique, June 14 to 17, 8 p.m.). For his part, Claude

Dubois, another big name in the Quebec music scene, will present a show called "Dubois en liberté." The show is described as "An unforgettable evening with a true giant of Québécois song, blessed with one of the most remarkable voices, and a ton of immortal classics" (Theatre Maisonneuve, June 16, 8 p.m.). For something different, what about some Quebec hiphop? Rymz (opening act Souldia) will be at Metropolis on June 9, at 9 p.m. And MHD described as the "New phenomenon of French rap" (opening act Misa) will be at Metropolis, June 15 and 16, at 9 p.m. Young singer Émile Bilodeau (opening act Jerome St-Kant) will be at L'Astral, on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. And of course there will the presence of some well-known stars such as Catherine Major with her show "La maison du monde" (opening act Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé) presented as "An artist in eternal evolution" she will be at the Cinquième Salle on June 14 at 8:30 p.m.

Also in this category, we find Richard Séguin, described as "an ageless artist… (who) presents his most recent album in a show featuring unique staging" (Cinquième Salle, June 16, 8:30 p.m.). The musical theatre will also be part of the program this time: "Demain matin, Montréal m'attend" described as "The legendary musical comedy by Michel Tremblay and François Dompierre… reborn on the stage of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde" (June 13-16, and June 22, 8 p.m.; June 17 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and June 25, 3 p.m.) The Francofolies also features a series of outdoor free concerts whose lineup will be announced in a few weeks. Tickets for the 29th edition of the Francofolies are on sale since this week. For detailed information about all the more than 50 concerts in various venues, ticket prices, and show descriptions visit:

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Citizens Group launches campaign for UNESCO status for Mount Royal


es amis de la montagne held a press conference at Place Ville Marie's Observation Summit on April 5th to announce the launch of its campaign seeking UNESCO status for Mount Royal. The citi-

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zens group hopes to gather 30,000 signatures on its online petition before April 26th to make Mount Royal a UNESCO World Heritage site. Executive Director Sylvie Guilbault said the international designation will help to provide a stronger

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is a destination of choice for parties, joggers, charity The 750-acre hectare walks, movie shoots, tam urban park with 3 peaks tams, and the tour buses and rich bio-diversity at- that roll into town all tracts more than 5 million year-round.Yet, as much as tourists annually, as well as being a magnate for locals it is a fun spot, it is also an who enjoy its beauty, tran- "urban sanctuary". So say quility, exceptional land- the "friends of the mounscape, and breathtaking tain", pointing to its stoviews. Peter Howlett, ried history as a territory President of les amis de la where spiritual, educamontagne commended tional, and health instituMontreal's decision to tions co-exist alongside support UNESCO status the pastoral cemeteries for Mount Royal, calling where our ancestors are the city's bid to protect buried. Flanked by bustling within and enhance the moun- neighborhoods tain "visionary". The Que- walking distance it offers bec Government great livability for resisupports UNESCO sta- dents, students, and busitus, but in the past the au- nesses. Peter Trent, who only thorities haven't always been supportive. The very recently announced group may envision its he is stepping down as the role as a "channel for the mayor of Westmount, said views of the community", he was proud to join he said, noting that Mon- Montreal in supporting treal Anglophones and UNESCO status for Francophones find com- Mount Royal. He said the mon cause in the moun- city of Westmount has altain. Not everyone is ways been a "staunch ally" convinced. "The really of les amis de la montagne tried-and-true politicians and took the opportunity in our ambit are always to pitch Westmount's latvery dubious," Howlett est project to join Summit Woods to the parkland in said. "We will not be silent," the north, noting this Guilbault said, from the would increase the conPVM Observation Deck tiguous surface of the natwith its panoramic view of ural park from 30-50 Mount Royal. "The moun- acres. "Summit Woods tain is our heart." With 30 will be knitted together kindred green years on the front lines of with fighting for Mount Royal, space," he said. Westthe conservation group is mount City Council has urging Montrealers to signed off on adding over recognize that the moun- half an acre of forest and tain is a treasure and citi- will plant 75 new indigezens are its best nous trees. Chief Christine protectors. The mountain continued from Page 11

There are currently 18 UNESCO sites in Canada. The city of Montreal has taken the first step towards UNESCO status by submitting Mount Royal's candidacy to a special committee of Parks Canada which evaluates proposals from across the country. If the committee recommends Mount Royal as a World Heritage site, then the request will be passed on to UNESCO which will make a final decision.The process is long and only comes up every decade or so. The last time Canada updated its repertoire of sites deserving protection was in 2004. In the meantime the organization is keeping its fingers crossed and hopes that Montrealers will step up and show their appreciation of the mountain by signing the petition.

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nesses in the short term. spaces reserved for These include: shops; Prohibiting machinery Improving the visibility that produces excessive of their businesses noise from being used through free advertising in during peak hours, namely the Peel and Guy-Con- between 11am and 2pm cordia metro stations and and between 4pm and in the streets adjacent to 9pm; Bishop Street; The beautification of Making access to their Bishop Street with plants shops easier for pedestri- and decorative signs that ans by constructing a path would make the environoffering direct access ment more pleasant and from the St. Catherine attractive to potential Street and for motorists customers. by prohibiting construction workers from moBeyond these measures, nopolizing the parking Bishop Street merchants


ordeal for potential customers of the businesses that reside on the street. Now, between De Maisonneuve and SainteCatherine Street, the work has left the street in a disastrous state, monopolizing parking spaces and making pedestrian access to the area difficult and dissuasive. Not surprisingly, the street’s shops have seen their business drop considerably. Since the work began, the street has been practically deserted and worse yet, the work is set to be

completed only in 2020, a period of approximately 42 months. 5 of the street’s restaurants and bars, namely, Mesa 14, Ferrari, the Gourmet Burger, Kafein, Craft and grilled cheese face a difficult situation: if things remain as they are, they will be forced into bakruptcy. What the merchants are seeking

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Through the use of breath awareness, body scanning, and imagery, Yoga Nidra invites you to become aware of each layer of being without needing to change or fix anything. This is a meditation practice where there is nothing to do but to ‘notice’. This contemporary practice is based on ancient yogic wisdom and meditation to make a powerful tool for modern day life. In the last decade, there has been a lot of scientific research into this practice. Yoga Nidra is being used to treat not only PTSD in military veterans but also a range of other conditions, including anxiety, depression, stress, and substance abuse, grief, and insomnia/sleep disorders. Researchers found that blood pressure, postural

hypotension, sustained hand grip and heart rate variables were significantly improved by 25%.Yoga Nidra may reduce the symptoms of diabetes and help control blood glucose levels. Although I manage it well and don’t show it, it is rare that I don’t feel some anxiety nibbling at my edges. Once home, I realized that I hadn’t felt that since midway through the workshop. I suspended belief. A few days later I had to face it: I was anxiety free. No matter what I faced (I am a studio manager/owner and teach eight times a week)… I had felt calm and equanimity. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® is no panacea and I do not believe it ‘cures’ but it may help to relieve some of the symptoms of modern day life. Julie offers Yoga Nidra classes Tuesday evenings at 6:30-7:30 PM. Also a shorter Yoga Nidra session at the end of her Saturday evening 5:00-6:30 PM class. At Yoga on the Park Studio, 5582 Sherbrooke Street West (corner Marcil). For information: telephone 514-712-9642, email: , or browse to: .


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am a big fan of Asian inspired cuisine. If I go out to dinner, I usually end up in one of my favourite haunts to try the dumplings in peanut sauce. If they do the dumplings well, then most of the rest of the menu is usually very good. One of the most popular dishes is the Lemon Chicken. The sauce is light and tangy and the combination with the chicken is very tasty. The breading on the chicken is done with cornstarch instead of flour and gives a very crispy texture to the coating of the chicken. For this recipe, two chicken breasts are cut into 10 strips, marinated, coated and quick fried and then served with the lemon sauce. There is a certain amount of work but the results are worth the effort. Serves 2-4 people.

INGREDIENTS: • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 10 strips MARINADE: • 2 tbsp soy sauce • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar • Pinch of salt and pepper • 4 green onions, smashed with the side of the knife and finely chopped • 3 slices of fresh gingerroot, smashed with the side of the knife and finely chopped • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled, smashed and finely chopped COATING: • 2 eggs • 1 cup of corn starch LEMON SAUCE • 1/2 cup chicken stock • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice • 1 tbsp sesame oil • 1 tbsp sugar • 2 tsp corn starch Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl. Add in the chicken strips and toss to coat.

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Refrigerate until ready to cook. Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk. In another bowl, add the cornstarch. Heat 2 cups of canola oil in a wok or frying pan. Dip the chicken strips into the egg and then coat with the cornstarch, pressing the cornstarch into the chicken strip. Place the coated strips on a cookie sheet until all are coated. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for about two minutes per side until lightly browned. Remove from the oil and place on a clean cookie sheet. When all strips are browned, place the chicken in a preheated oven (325º) and continue cooking for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, place all the sauce ingredients in a pot and stir to remove any lumps from the cornstarch. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until thickened. Serve with the cooked chicken strips. Comment on this article at:

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t’s not easy to admit that one is getting older, especially when your body and your mind are not what they used to be. Moving a family member into a senior care residence is never a simple decision. It may not be easy to broach the subject with your loved ones. In fact, they may be resistant to moving and they may fear losing their independence. However, here are 5 warning signs that your loved one

should be considering a move to a retirement / senior residence: 1. Physical When there are physical and anatomical signs of deterioration that will affect their well-being and their safety. A person who is having trouble getting out to shop or remembering how to cook or when to eat can result in significant nutritional issues. This could range from unhealthy weight loss or conversely, excessive weight gain. Check the fridge and watch meal-prep skills. Other examples include loss of sight or hearing, loss of

balance, stroke, disease. or physical conditions, such as arthritis and osteoporosis. 2. Mental Behaviour – Cognitive, Language, and Decision Making Cognitive decline can have serious ramifications, especially if your loved one can't take medications correctly, is not able to fix a meal or doesn't remember to eat. If a loved one exhibits confusion, poor judgment, or other signs of cognitive impairment, assisted living is often a good next step. 3. Caregiver Stress There are the psychological costs of caregiving and of

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