POT HOLE: Trudeau government gives $100,000 to pot store with one employee
The Trudeau government subsidized a private cannabis store with $100,000 of taxpayer money in Carmacks, Yukon, that only has one employee.
Carmacks is a remote Aboriginal community and the decision is an effort to “benefit Aboriginal people” with the promise of one job being created. A subsidy of $100,000 was given to bankroll the the facility although some residents are frustrated as it is located two hundred metres from the local kindergarten, according to Ottawa news outlet Blacklock’s Reporter.
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency defended their actions in a statement, “The fund is also intended to provide project-based support for activities that help to establish or grow Aboriginal businesses.” The statement went on to read, “It helps applicants pursue economic opportunities that benefit Aboriginal people,”
The name of the pot shop is The Pot Hole and they operate under the business name Carmacks Hotel Ltd. They are the first and so far only known federally subsidized private shop since Parliament passed Bill C-45 An Act Respecting Cannabis back in 2018 that legalized sales of the plant.
The funding was received by Carmacks Hotel Ltd. on April 1, 2018, which was six weeks prior to the Carmack’s application for a retail license from the Yukon Liquor Corporation’s Cannabis Licensing Board. The license was approved on August 16, by the board, with the promise of creating a single job for Carmacks’ community. Carmacks has a population of 554.
“The Board acknowledges the existence of nine active liquor licenses in the area and no cannabis licenses in the area,” wrote the Board, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. “The nearest liquor store is located on the same property as the proposed cannabis retail outlet.”
“The applicant has submitted a thorough and detailed economic assessment including the benefits of the convenience of a local retailer collecting local business revenue while reducing the amount of market share that would go to the black market,” wrote the Board. “The business will create an additional long term employment position with a possible three more employment positions in the future.”
MasterCard has received $49 million from the federal government in an effort to have the company place a cybersecurity centre in Vancouver.
The net income for MasterCard was almost $4 billion in 2017.
Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry announced the Cyber Centre with MasterCard. The announcement was made in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum last week.
True North reported that Bains said, “The centre will focus on creating technologies and standards to ensure that Canadians and others around the world can safely use any device that could be connected to the Internet—phone, tablet, computer, vehicle—without concern that their personal and financial information could be stolen.”
It is estimated that 380 people will be employed by the centre which Bains says will turn Canada into a “world leader in cybersecurity.” He also noted that the cost of cybercrime in Canada is about $3 billion annually.
MasterCard Canada’s president, Sasha Krstic noted that MasterCard customers from all around the world will benefit from the technology that arises out of the new centre.
According to Krstic the research coming from the centre “will help meet the growing demand for technology solutions to reduce the cost of cyberattacks, enable today’s connected devices to become tomorrow’s secure payment devices, and address the growing vulnerabilities associated with the Internet of Things.”
The Strategic Innovation Fund will fund the $49 million. The program has supplied more than $2 billion to mostly large corporations.
Other corporations that have received large sums from the federal government include Canadian Tire and Loblaws. Canadian Tire received $2.7 million in January for electric vehicle charging stations. Loblaws received $12 million for low emission refrigerator units to replace their current models.
A 40-year-old hunting guide, photographer and IT manager posted a monologue video on Twitter this weekend to respond to People’s Party of Canada supporters angered by the news that political operative Warren Kinsella was hired by the CPC to “seek and destroy” the PPC via a campaign smear the party as full of racists.
DJ Sumanik is just one of many Canadians who have taken to social media to become pundits and political influencers online.
“I watched Bernier’s statement on it and he says that he thinks it went further, that they planted evidence to set him up to paint him as a racist,” explains Sumanik in his latest video.
“Welcome to the big show PPC. You’re going to be painted as a racist no matter what. Anyone that is not firmly far-left progressive in this country is painted as a racist by the media.”
Sumanik continues in his monologue to explain how this is just some of the dirty tactics used in politics.
“If [Kinsella] was just hired to dig up dirt, I don’t know, sorry guys, every candidate out there is facing that same scrutiny. There are teams digging up dirt on whoever they can, however they can, wherever they can. So that’s the name of the game now.”
He then goes onto explain he’s not a huge fan of CPC’s Scheer but that he is voting for him in the hopes it ousts the Liberals.
“Finally, I think a lot of you are operating under the assumption that I’m some sort of Andrew Scheer acolyte, who just believes anything he says. I’m a Canada first guy, but Scheer is the only guy with a chance of beating Trudeau. He’s the card were dealt, like him or not, get with the program, okay? Everything else is pie in the sky for now. We gotta start change with what we can, it’s gonna take time.”
In an interview with The Post Millennial Sumanik explained why he got involved in political commentary online.
“What activated me politically on social media was primarily the systematic attempts by Trudeau’s Liberals to undermine free speech, firearm ownership and hunting rights in this country,” said Sumanik.
“I’m not really a politics expert though, I just say what I think.”
Sumanik’s family has a long history living in the Yukon.
“My grandfather was a major player in the 80s, he brought the cross country skiing world cup to Whitehorse, and they named a nearby mountain after him. My grandma was a world competitor cross-country skier and in my younger days I also competed professionally in MMA and kickboxing.”
“I spent several years in Thailand and my best result was bronze medal at IFMA world cup, heavyweight division in 2011. But my roots are here, a born and raised Yukon boy. My father ran a trapline which I helped on as a kid, he also started a fox, lynx and martin farm for fur exports, and also live exports and breeding for zoos.”
The one seat in the Yukon is a close race between the Conservatives and Liberals–according to 338Canada.com–and Sumanik is concerned the PPC could split the right-wing vote just enough to help the Liberals eke out a win, something he worries could happen across the country.
Sumanik posts his video on Twitter under the name Yukon Strong, where he also shares other everyday-citizens-turned-pundit’s videos.