Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says his city is one of many across Canada asking Ottawa for more details about how the proposed legalization of marijuana will affect them.

Big city mayors who met with cabinet ministers in Ottawa this week say they will need a slice of the tax windfall from legal marijuana to cover costs associated with such legalization.

They say they'll have significant costs due to land-use issues, business licensing applications and enforcement.

Savage says more clarity is also needed so cities can prepare to deal with marijuana dispensaries once the bill legalizing pot passes, which is expected to happen next summer. (The Canadian Press)



A trial is set for mid-August for a convicted sex offender who's facing a new sex charge after being placed at a special care home in New Brunswick.

Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew Michael Douglas has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and was remanded in custody.

He was placed in a special care home for people with disabilities, despite the fact that he's been on the sex offender registry since 2011 and has previous convictions for common assault and sexual assault.

Joann LaPointe -- the owner and operator of Joann's Special Care Home in Saint John -- says the provincial Department of Social Development assesses the suitability of residents. (The Canadian Press)



Prince Edward Island says it will be adding 27 new teaching positions in the coming school year.

The government says the new teachers will help reduce class sizes, address class composition challenges and help deliver new programs.

The additional staffing is to be allocated based on school populations and specific needs in classrooms.

Education Minister Doug Currie says when the new positions are combined with others that have been freed up through retirements this year, the province will have more than 60 new teachers. …

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