Air Canada Faces Firestorm Over Response After Staff Lose Dog At Airport

Its like saying poop when you are nine or something. Marijuana is like that for adults because its a taboo. Canadas health department in June said it would end a system allowing people to grow medicinal pot in their homes and instead have companies supply the drug. The image of pot factories represents a shift for Harper, who says he never smoked marijuana and who has campaigned on being tough on crime. The licensing of output is a tightening up versus loosening up of drug laws because it separates the legitimate from the illicit use, said Mark Mander, chairman of a drug panel for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and head of police in Kentville, Nova Scotia . Home-grown pot has led to unintended consequences that hurt public safety and led to people abusing the system, Health Canada said in June when it published rules. The new system regulates marijuana like other narcotics, according to a background paper that says commercial producers must meet strict requirements to be licensed. Doctors Object Medical doctors object to the new system, saying there are no standardized dosages or rules to make marijuana safe to prescribe like other drugs. We have to make absolutely sure we arent creating a nation of addicts, said Canadian Medical Association President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti. Very few physicians are prepared. Many Canadians are deciding marijuana is good medicine, with more than 30,000 people now having medical licenses. Sales may be worth C$1.3 billion ($1.25 billion) by 2024, Health Canada estimates , with prices set in the open market reaching C$8.80 a gram. Public debate about marijuana also widened when Harpers rival, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau in August said he smoked the drug as a parliamentarian. The party s chief financial officer Chuck Rifici is also Tweeds Chief Executive Officer.

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The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident. Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry — and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the email read. Word quickly spread online, with many voicing their outrage over the company’s response. “If you ever fly with your pet, you might not want to choose Air Canada,” one wrote on Twitter. The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. “Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” it said. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.” Larry’s temporary owner said she was furious when she heard about the message.

Air Canada loses dog, gets firestorm of criticism after ‘callous’ response

” “I was brought up to believe that the worst thing you could do was ‘call attention to yourself’ or ‘think you were smart.’ My mother was an exception to this rule and was punished by the early onset of Parkinson’s disease. (The rule was for country people, like us, not so much for towners.) I tried to lead an acceptable life and a private life and got by most of the time OK,” she said. Munro was asked how she came to focus on short stories. “For years and years I thought that stories were just practice, till I got time to write a novel. Then I found that they were all I could do, and so I faced that. I suppose that my trying to get so much into stories has been a compensation,” she said. Munro has said in the past that she wanted to stop writing but continued. “I do stop — for some strange notion of being ‘more normal,’ taking things easy. Then some poking idea comes,” she said. “This time, I think it’s for real.” Last year’s literature prize Last year, Chinese writer Mo Yan received Nobel Prize in literature. Activists interpreted it as a nod to the hungry literary tastes in modern China, which could help spark more freedom.

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The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporters follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry, it said. However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canadas standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing. Larrys temporary owner said she was furious when she heard about the message. I was angry [but] I was not surprised that someone could be that stupid. It was an incredibly stupid, very cold, callous email I was angry [but] I was not surprised that someone could be that stupid. It was an incredibly stupid, very cold, callous email, Jutta Kulic said in a phone interview from Sacramento, Cali., where she is travelling for a dog show. I just find the whole thing just horrifying, said Kulic, who lives in Ohio. Kulic said she was taking care of Larry after his owner, a friend of hers, died of cancer. The friend wanted her dogs placed in loving homes, she said. Larry was on his way to Campbell River, B.C., when he vanished, she said. He was placed in a crate secured with several zip ties and Kulic said she gave staff specific instructions not to take him out. The only defence mechanism for almost any animal is fight or flight and in this case, for Italian greyhounds, it is strictly flight they are just going to run when theyre scared, she said. Efforts to track down the pooch are still underway.