Federal ministers defend cannabis rollout after Enquête uncovers ties to organized crime

first_imgCBC News 2 November 2018Family First Comment: “…it’s a troubling sign that, two weeks into the era of legal cannabis, the black market appears to have infiltrated Canada’s legal supply chain.”And based on Colorado, it will continue to exist.#dontbelievethehype www.VoteNo.nzInvestigation finds Mafia links to legal producers as health minister calls background checks ‘exhaustive’Federal ministers defended the rollout of legal cannabis Friday after a Radio-Canada investigation revealed that the financial backers of some producers have links to organized crime.The French-language investigative program Enquête found that two individuals connected to illegal drug trafficking, including one with links to the Rizzuto crime family, were able to invest in a major legal cannabis producer.Another individual with ties to the illegal market was able to sell his cannabis business to one of Canada’s biggest legal players in exchange for shares in the company.“It’s not something that happens overnight, but there are laws in place to ensure that we do everything we can to capture individuals that are involved in organized crime,” said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.RCMP Supt. Yves Goupil told Enquête that while the police force conducts background checks on those applying to be licensed producers, uncovering everyone who is investing in the venture is a much more costly process.He said the RCMP cannot afford to employ deep surveillance techniques on every producer.READ MORE: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/federal-ministers-defend-cannabis-rollout-after-enqu%C3%AAte-uncovers-ties-to-organized-crime-1.4890238?fbclid=IwAR0bSoK2VFE95dK2ncRtzKHO9SAXPymzEyCQOC2HvfUmEAIygE8zjjCODG0last_img read more

South Africa tourism needs collaboration INDABA

first_imgAchieving the country’s set target of up to 15 million visitors over the next eight years will require collaboration and support, according to South African Tourism chief executive Thulani Nzima.Speaking at the opening of the annual travel show, INDABA, Mr Nzima explained the country’s private and public sectors need to focus on working together for ongoing success and growth.Describing the travel system as “only as strong as” its weakest link, he added that the future of the industry was the responsibility of “all in the tourism value chain” from operators to tours guides, Ministers and right down to waiters and flight attendants.“… all of us are equal partners in building, growing and sustaining South Africa’s tourism industry,” he said. Also speaking at the conference, South Africa’s Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told up to 200 hosted buyers that within the next eight years, the country aims to contribute up to R218 million in promoting the destination across Africa.He explained that among the promotional tactics will include launching five new officers across Africa over the next five years while also focusing on harness technology through the implementation of e-visa systems over by 2020.“There are some areas in which we need to work with those international players with whom we also compete,” he explained.  “‘Co-opetition’ is the name of the new game. Competition brings out the best in all of us, but co-operation is what is urgently needed, especially on the African continent, where we have to work together to remove barriers to international travel and tourism.”Kicking off on 12 May this year, INDABA welcomed up to 200 buyers who scoped out and talked tourism with up to 1,500 exhibitors. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J South African Tourism Ministerlast_img read more