TORONTO — Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents.The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019.However, Ontario’s consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario Cannabis Store, racked up expenses totalling $106 million during the period. Ontario judge grants cannabis store licensing stay, rejected applicants seek review ‘Procedurally unfair’: Disqualified cannabis lottery winners file legal challenge against AGCO ‘Violation of our rules’: AGCO disqualifies seven HighLife-linked cannabis lottery winners Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 last year, and the rollout was mired by supply chain issues and product shortages, which largely have been resolved in recent months.The supply shortages prompted the Ontario government to cap the initial number of retail licences at 25, but the province is in the process of increasing the number of legal pot outlets to 75 by October.The OCS announced last week that chief executive Patrick Ford would be retiring. Cal Bricker, senior vice-president of horse racing at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., was named interim chief executive while a search for a replacement is conducted.
History will be made this weekend with a game being delivered in an Indigenous language for the first time in NHL history.Sportsnet and APTN are teaming up to deliver the first-ever NHL game in the Cree language when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.“Even if you don’t understand the language please tune in!” said Earl Wood, a founding member of the Northern Cree Singers who will be in the in-show host for APTN during the broadcast.“There is a vibratory energy there that is completely going to reverberate through all Indigenous communities in Canada and beyond. The Indigenous languages are going to be showcased to the world. It’s going to be amazing!” he added.Sportsnet’s Rogers Hometown Hockey will be in Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta for the monumental broadcast.When asked about the importance of the broadcast, Hometown Hockey host Ron MacLean said it is hard to put into words.“I think it’s beyond the ability to convey,” he said. “We have just come through Truth and Reconciliation and there has been the report and there has been the acknowledgment and there has been apologies. We are in this period, what’s next? And I think for us to actually stage an NHL telecast with the help of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is so the next step.”So how deep is the connection between hockey and Canada’s Indigenous communities? One former NHL player with Indigenous roots says the game played an important role in his upbringing.“Hockey or sports in general is a great avenue to help you in life in general,” former NHL player Jordin Tootoo said. “The inclusivity of being part of a team is something that you know for me there were times I doubted myself but I had my teammates push me through the hardships.”Broadcaster Clarence Iron will have the play-by-play call for APTN. Live coverage of the game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday on Sportsnet.
Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, said: “Scandalous underfunding under this Conservative government has turned our prisons into powder kegs.”It is beyond belief that 71 potentially dangerous prisoners have been released by mistake.”What should be places of rehabilitation are now dangerous hotbeds of violence, self-harm and drug abuse. “No prison guard should have to go to work in fear of being seriously assaulted while being outnumbered six to one.”The government has lost control of our prisons and urgently needs to get a grip.” Ministers have launched a recruitment drive to add 2,500 frontline officersCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/PA G4S and HMP employees clearing debris after a disturbance at HMP BirminghamCredit:Jason Alden / G4S Earlier this month Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, warned that staffing levels in many establishments are too low to maintain order and described the conditions some inmates are held in as “squalid, dirty and disgraceful”. Prison staff carrying riot shields leave HMP Birmingham Credit:AFP/OLI SCARFF There were also a record 19,361 of assaults by prisoners on other inmates, up by a fifth on the previous year.The Government said that the performance of 10 jails is now of “serious concern” as it emerged that 71 prisoners have been freed by mistake – a rise of seven on the previous year.The findings are the latest in a line of statistics laying bare the scale of the safety crisis behind bars in England and Wales. Campaigners and watchdogs have issued a catalogue of warnings about violence, drug use and overcrowding across the jail estate, which has been hit by a number of disturbances in the last year. Prisons violence has reached record levels with assaults on staff rising by a third over the past year to 20 a day.New figures revealed that 7,159 staff were assaulted in the year to March 2017, up by 1,750.The number of serious assaults on staff has trebled since 2013 to 2,285 last year. Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: “These numbers confirm what the Chief Inspector of Prisons has described in graphic detail – that our prison system is nowhere near being safe for those who live and work within it.”Ministers have launched a recruitment drive to add 2,500 frontline officers, and put in place new measures to tackle the availability of mobile phones and drugs in jails as part of a reform drive. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Justice Secretary David Lidington said improving safety and security in prison was his top priority.He said: “These figures reinforce how crucial it is that we make progress as quickly as possible.”I have seen first-hand the challenges our dedicated and hard-working prison staff face. “Boosting the frontline is critical to achieving safety and the number of prison officers we are recruiting is rising, with the number of new prison officers joining the service at its highest level since 2010.” David LidingtonCredit:PA