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Province warns power generation strike could lead to outages; Pot sales capped in Ontario ahead of April start date

Power Generation workers could strike after rejecting union contract

Ontario could be facing long power outages during the coldest time of year.
Ontario Power Generation union workers are prepared to go on strike as contract negotiations break down. The province is urging both sides to reach a deal, with fears a strike could lead to prolonged outages. OPG reportedly creates half of Ontario’s power.

Ontario pulls back on pot store sales amid marijuana shortage

Only 25 brick-and-mortar marijuana shops will open in Ontario next April.
The Ford Government is changing the rules on selling licenses, as the province and country deal with pot shortages months after legalization. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli told Global News the feds are to blame because they didn’t set up deals with enough producers.

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Authorities still investigating source of fake bomb threats

Authorities across the globe are still trying to figure out who emailed out fake bomb threats.
The threats were reported in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand and all had similar content, suggesting a bomb was in a building and demanding a bitcoin payment. In Canada, the threats were received in Ontario, BC and Alberta and were all deemed hoaxes by police.

Freeland travels to US to talk detainment of Canadians in China

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister may be looking to spur action from her US counterparts.
The Globe and Mail reports Chrystia Freeland is in the US to discuss the arrest of two Canadians in China. Beijing had threatened retaliation over the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Vancouver, who is wanted on alleged trade-related crimes in the US. Donald Trump has suggested he’s willing to cut a deal to ease trade tensions with China.

Ford Government tests waters on private booze sales

You could soon be picking up a six pack along with your lotto tickets.
The Ford Government is running a survey on expanding booze sales to convenience stores and other private retailers across the province. This comes after the former Liberal government pushed beer and cider sales to big box and grocery stores. You can find a link to the online survey here, which closes on February 1st.

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