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Morning Update: Cannabis producers oppose plans for federal levy on revenues

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Cannabis producers fear federal levy on their revenues harms their ability to undercut the black market

Health Canada’s proposed “annual regulatory fee” of 2.3 per cent on the gross revenues of big cannabis producers has sparked backlash from legal cannabis firms, which warn that it would harm their ability to compete with established illegal producers. The federal agency says the proposed fees would allow Ottawa to meet all of its costs − like evaluating and approving new production licences, inspecting facilities and other regulatory enforcement activities − by 2020, except those related to law enforcement. Yet, according to Allan Rewak, executive director of the Cannabis Canada Council, the fee will not be effective until legal cannabis suppliers “have a few years under our belts and we have some hard data to be able to track our success in moving toward our goal of suppressing the black market.” Rewak added that many producers “have signed multiyear supply deals that didn’t factor in this additional and very, very significant cost.”

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Trump and Putin will meet in Helsinki today − analysts predict an unwritten deal on Ukraine or the Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Helsinki today, the site where the Helsinki Accords were signed in 1975. The pair will first meet alone, with only translators present, before permitting the rest of their delegations into the room. The summit takes place just after Trump’s controversy-filled stops in Brussels and London last week, and just three days after the U.S. Department of Justice charged 12 members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service with hacking into Democratic Party computers and disseminating e-mails to embarrass Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. Political analysts predict that Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin, two people notorious for global disruption, will strive for an unwritten deal − rather than a codified document − that could decide the fate of Ukraine and the Middle East.

Mother of two children shot in Scarborough playground says ‘enough is enough’

Stacey King, mother of two children shot in a playground in Scarborough on June 14, shared her story publicly in an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail in hopes of directing attention to the root causes of gun violence and effective efforts to address it. The children, ages 5 and 9, were caught in daytime crossfire in the McCowan Road and Alton Towers Circle area around 5 p.m. that Thursday. Ms. King, who said her children are “emotionally scarred” and “have nightmares” after the attack, believes the city needs to provide workshops for youth, develop programming for those who are incarcerated, and tackle poverty as a systemic issue in order to address gun violence in Toronto. Mayor John Tory, who said he paid a visit to Ms. King and her family while they were in SickKids hospital, said Ms. King plans to start a mentorship program for the city’s at-risk youth.

Calgary Stampede retires ‘Indian Village’ name, rebrands Indigenous space Elbow River Camp

Calgary Stampede officials and tepee owners announced Sunday their plans to rename the centuries-old “Indian Village” − an annual display of Indigenous culture at the festival − to “Elbow River Camp.” While the site has historically been a celebrated Stampede attraction for Indigenous people, tepee owners have in recent years had to justify to others why the spot still goes by the inaccurate and outdated term. The move is part of a broader global movement to shed the term “Indian” in favour of “Indigenous,” organizers say. “The Indian Village has been a very proud component, but we all know the sensitivity around the word as the world has moved to an Indigenous space,” Stampede president David Sibbald said. The Indian Village held a final closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon, and will return next year – with the same look and purpose – as Elbow River Camp.

France wins second World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

France took home its second World Cup title on Sunday in the final game against Croatia, winning 4-2. The victory came after an exciting game that was briefly interrupted when four intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch.

Here’s Globe and Mail columnist Cathal Kelly’s take on France’s victory: “Their manager, Didier Deschamps, is only the third man to win as both player and coach. This generation of players is still young. The best of them – Kylian Mbappé, scorer of a peach of a goal on Sunday – is only 19. France has the capacity to dominate internationally for the next decade. Even if that turns out to be the case, it will be difficult for the French to outdo this moment. Along with Croatia, France has given us the Citizen Kane of soccer matches – one that you could profitably watch a hundred times and still find something new in it upon each viewing.”

European stock markets inched higher on Monday as expectations for a flurry of bumper corporate earnings and merger speculation outweighed fears about the escalating trade conflict between Beijing and Washington. Tokyo’s Nikkei was closed, but Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained less than 0.1 per cent, while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.6 per cent. In Europe, London’s FTSE 100 and the Paris CAC 40 were down by about 5:45 a.m. ET, though mildly, and Germany’s DAX was up 0.2 per cent. New York futures were up. The Canadian dollar was at about 76 US cents.

WHAT EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT

Canadian troops provide Iraq what money can’t buy

“Canada, while not perfect, is seen as a successful multicultural country that believes in diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our society. Yes, we have stumbled along the way to making our diversity real and not just rhetorical, but the effort to bring diversity and inclusion to the Canadian Armed Forces is a worthwhile experience and reality to share with our Iraqi partners. Unlike many partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), we are seen as a positive example of how diversity and inclusion work in practice… In Iraq, Canada is in a unique position to lead by example when it comes to building a military that respects and embraces diversity, but also to stress the importance of top-down commitment from Iraqi leadership to ensure success.” − Bessma Momani, professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and non-resident fellow of the Washington-based Stimson Center.

A divided Britain, momentarily united − in its disdain of Trump

“In Europe, Brexit has divided Britain from the liberals such as Emmanuel Macron, while populists in Hungary, Italy and Poland are too right wing for British tastes. And so Ms. May cannot afford to indulge in drama, either politically or financially. She must hold the sticky paw of the man who was rude to her in national print. She must dispatch a hapless spokesman to claim the visit is ‘a success.’ And she must also hope he is right. For all her self-control, the PM made a hasty decision in March, 2017, to trigger Article 50, the clause that officially sets Britain’s departure from the EU in motion over a set period of two years. With eight months to go until the deadline, Britain looks divided and alone.” − Julia Rampen, digital news editor of the New Statesman, a British political magazine.

Ontario’s sex-ed backlash isn’t about children’s safety

“I, too, was once a vocal supporter of the updated sex-ed curriculum, but watching how its unscientific claims about gender identity have spread so prevalently has dampened my enthusiasm. The curriculum promotes the idea that there are more than two genders and that gender identity is socially constructed. The fact that few people have pointed out how these teachings aren’t based in science should raise a red flag in parents’ minds. According to one survey, less than 1 per cent of people in the United States identify as transgender. That means for over 99 per cent of us, our biological sex is our gender. A curriculum that teaches gender fluidity is misleading and will impair a child’s ability to have an accurate understanding of the world.” Debra Soh, holds a PhD in sexual neuroscience research from York University and writer on the science and politics of sex.

Why is it so hard to lose weight and keep it off long term? Cutting calories alters your hunger levels and the speed of your metabolism, making it easier to gain pounds back after they’re lost. Bodybuilders and nutritionists give their take on why this happens here.

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“Bob Dylan, an almost legendary figure of folk music, made an unannounced appearance at Mariposa Folk Festival last night,” The Globe’s Robert Martin reported from the 12th annual Ontario festival, held in July, 1972 on the Toronto Islands. Dylan had time for a photo-op with fellow folk god Gordon Lightfoot (who was wearing “a pair of rose-coloured glasses”) but then, like a rolling stone, he was gone. Faced with a mob of rowdy fans, he didn’t perform and left shortly after arriving. Lucky for said fans, that year’s festival saw other surprise guests – that same day, both Joni Mitchell and Neil Young unexpectedly took the stage. It rained all day, but those in attendance didn’t much notice: “Most just sat around until the rain soaked through whatever their protection was, then threw it aside and danced in the puddles.” – Jacqueline Houston

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