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Federal Marijuana Task Force Report – What Employers Should Know

OVERVIEW On Dec. 13, 2016, the Canadian government released a report from the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation (task force). The report was ordered by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which has promised to table legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational uses in the spring of 2017. While the government has the ability to accept or reject the task force’s recommendations, the report does provide insight into what a Canadian marijuana legalization framework could look like when the government introduces its legislation. Highlight of the Report The task force’s report contains 80 recommendations for the legalization framework. While each of these recommendations deserves analysis, highlights of the report are included in this Compliance Bulletin. General Framework Under the framework recommended by the task force, Canadian adults over the age of 18 would be able to use and possess up…read more →

10 Holiday Safety Tips for Businesses

The holiday season is here, which means more and more businesses will be decorating their offices and hosting holiday parties. Before your business gets into the festive mood, it’s important for you to take extra precautions during the busy holiday season and offer employees an end-of-the-year refresher course on safety. To accomplish this, keep in mind the following holiday safety tips: Ensure that any seasonal hires are familiar with safety procedures, their surroundings and responsibilities. Offer refresher courses on ladder safety and proper lifting techniques to ensure that, when it comes time to decorate, employees remain safe and healthy. Avoid using real candles in your decorations, opting for safer, battery-powered candles instead. In addition, try to use less flammable decorations, including items made of paper or cardboard. Keep all decorations away from heat or other ignition sources. Practise safe use…read more →

Hamilton Gallery of Distinction

Dan and Bob Lawrie proudly sponsored the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction, this was their 14th year being sponsors to this event that is dear to their hearts. Below you will find more information on the award. The Hamilton Gallery of Distinction was founded in 1984 as a ‘Hamilton Homecoming’ project. Its purpose is to permanently recognize outstanding Hamilton citizens, past and present, who have made significant contributions towards the betterment of our community. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, a new wall established on the 3rd floor of the Central Library was created. Each year, a maximum of six awards will be presented to outstanding people, who sometime over the past 200 years, have contributed greatly to the fabric of our City. There are two categories – ‘Builders of Hamilton’, those citizens who have contributed significantly to the development of…read more →

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, but it can also pose potential dangers. The following tips can ensure that Halloween is both safe and fun: Choose flame-resistant costumes and accessories, and make sure they are brightly coloured or adorned with reflective tape to increase visibility. Avoid ill-fitting masks that can interfere with your child’s vision or breathing. When carving pumpkins, let your child draw a face on his or her pumpkin, and then have an adult carve it. Keep candles, matches and lighters away from areas accessible to children. Accompany your child while trick-or-treating until he or she is old enough to go with a friend; this is usually around the age of 12 but is also dependent on maturity. If trick-or-treating at nighttime, make sure your child carries a flashlight. Teach your child to only cross…read more →

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