Sunday, 28 October 2018

Public Meeting - Aurora College Foundational Review Starts at 12:41 Recorded: Thursday, October 25th

".... Public Meeting on the Aurora College Foundational Review – The Standing Committee on Social Development [held]  a public meeting with the City of Yellowknife on the Aurora College Foundational Review. Mayor-Elect/ Councillor Rebecca Alty, Councillor Julian Morse, City Administrator Sheila Bassi-Kellett and City Director of Policy, Communications and Economic Development Kerry Penney will be in attendance. ..."
Starts at 12:41 Recorded: Thursday, October 25th

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Pot tourists: Japanese, South Korean citizens banned from using legal pot in 🇨🇦 Canada

Sure do hope the Aurora tour operators have their staff and client pot policies well and firmly in place...

Bong arm of the law:
South Korea says it will arrest citizens who smoke weed in Canada

"... "Weed smokers will be punished according to the Korean law, even if they did so in countries where smoking marijuana is legal. There won't be an exception," said Yoon Se-jin, head of the narcotics crime investigation division at Gyeonggi Nambu provincial police agency, according to the Korea Times.
South Korean law is based on the concept that laws made in Seoul still apply to citizens anywhere in the world, and violations, even while abroad, can technically lead to punishment when they return home. Those who smoke weed could face up to five years in prison.
South Korea strictly enforces drugs laws even for small amounts, and celebrities caught smoking weed are often paraded in front of media for apology tours. Officials work to project an image of a "drug-free nation" and only about 12,000 drug arrests were made in 2015 in a country of more than 50 million people.
However, details on how police would test those returning from 🇨🇦 Canada remain hazy. Experts suggested enforcement would focus more on drug traffickers than casual users.
"South Korea can't screen everyone who visited a foreign country, but the police maintain a blacklist that leads to certain individuals being supervised," said Lee Chang-Hoon, a professor in the department of police administration at Hannam University in Daejeon. "But the police are more concerned with the transportation of marijuana into South Korea, and the police messaging shows they are anxious about tackling this issue in the near future." ..." 

Japanese, South Korean citizens banned from using legal pot in Canada

October 23, 2018 "... Purchasing and possessing marijuana in Canada will no longer land you in legal jeopardy here – but if you have a passport from South Korea or Japan, you might still get in trouble.
Citizens of those two countries are being warned that they could face legal consequences at home, if they use cannabis in Canada.
The South Korean justice system claims extraterritorial jurisdiction, meaning the country's laws apply to all South Korean citizens even when they are outside the country. [..]
 "Please be aware that if you [purchase, possess or transport cannabis] … you will be penalized for committing a criminal offence," the embassy said.
The country's foreign affairs ministry had warned earlier this year that any South Korean citizen caught with marijuana could face "serious legal consequences" even after the drug was legalized in Canada. Travellers from Canada and their belongings would likely face increased inspections attempting to enter South Korea, the ministry warned. [..] The Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver issued a similar statement earlier this month, saying Japan's laws banning the purchase of cannabis "may be applied not only in Japan but also in foreign countries." ..."

Cannabis IQ:
A visitor's guide to smoking legal marijuana in Canada

- October 17, 2018  "...Visitors to  🇨🇦 Canada can now legally enjoy marijuana during their stay. But that doesn't mean smokers can hotbox the Great White North. Pot tourists might be disappointed with the legal marijuana laws in Canada, where local, provincial and federal laws can restrict or ban the use of cannabis in certain areas. [...] Retail sales of recreational cannabis could approach $6.5 billion by 2020, according to an industry analysis released by CIBC in May. That would make it worth more than anticipated spirit sales and nearly as much as wine sales. However, the report did not include tourism-specific estimates.
The Canadian government has not released estimates on the potential value of pot tourism.
Canada will likely draw a "significant number of international tourists" interested in buying legal marijuana, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily, a Colorado-based cannabis industry publication...."

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Target tourist demographic from China tends to be affluent, experienced travellers between 45 and 65 years old.

"... Yukon's target demographic from China tends to be affluent, experienced travellers between 45 and 65 years old. [...]

Anderson says small groups of independent travellers are the demographic Tourism Yukon is targeting in its strategy.

"We do see some younger travellers from the China market, from mainland China itself but it tends to be in that kind of 45 to 65 target demographic. Which is perfect for us, they generally are a little bit more affluent, they're usually well educated and a bit more established by then. And they're experienced travellers," he said. [...]

Anderson says Tourism Yukon is in the process of evaluating how much the industry can grow, while still maintaining sustainable development. He says Tourism Yukon has just created a tourism development strategy, which tackles the question of how much growth is too much. [...]

The majority come for winter based tourism, but not exclusively, says Robin Anderson, the global marketing manager for Tourism Yukon.

"We're excited about the growth opportunity that China represents," says Anderson.

Anderson says Canada, the United States, and Germany remain the primary markets for Yukon tourism, while China became an emerging market about three years ago. However, that may soon change, especially with 2018 being celebrated as Canada-China year of tourism by the two countries, says Anderson.

"China is the holy grail in a way, especially for North American provinces and territories, and states that are on the West Coast ... It is a massive market and so even a tenth of a percentage point of the travelling market out of China is a huge number of travellers." ..."

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Yellowknife 2018 Municipal Election Fora (Full Play List)

Yellowknife 2018 Municipal Election Fora (Full Play List) (All in one place, ripe for a local political binge watch!

The Alternatives North Councillor session will soon be added.

2018 Alternatives North Yellowknife Mayoral Candidates Public Forum

2018 Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Business Political Forum

Yellowknife Mayoral Candidates

Rebecca Alty 867-444-2270
Jerald Sibbeston 867-765-4967
Bob Stewart 867-445-3565
Adrian Bell  867-446-9800

2018 Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce City Councillor Business Political Forum - Part One
2018 Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce City Councillor Business Political Forum - Part Two


Mark Bogan

Josh Campbell

John Dalton   

Chris Gillander

William Gomes   

Niels Konge

Shauna Morgan

Julian Morse

Stacie Smith

Steve Payne

Rommel Silverio

Terry Testart     

Robin Williams

Dane Mason,    

Edwin Castillo, 

Cynthia Mufandaedza

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Friday, 4 May 2018

Michael McLeod, NWT MP queries Minister of National Revenue and CRA officials about Northern Residency reassessments

Michael McLeod, MP, Northwest Territories "... At Finance Committee I asked the Minister of National Revenue and CRA officials about Northern Residency reassessments...."
Video on Facebook
Taxpayers' Ombudsman / Government of Canada
Michael McLeod, MP, Northwest Territories

George A Lessard
Yellowknife, NT 🇨🇦
Taxpayers' Ombudsman's Consultative Committee Member