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Media Advisory – Unifor to host conference on a sustainable economic transition for Canada

SASKATOON, Sept. 20, 2019 – Unifor and several like-minded organizations devoted to fighting climate change will hold a conference to discuss next steps for the economy and mobilizing for a worker-centred approach to green jobs.

“Unifor supports the students around the world participating in this week’s ‘climate strike’ actions,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our conference will engage workers from every sector of the economy in a dialogue about how climate change impacts their lives and how Canada can make the transition to a sustainable economy.”

WHAT: Just Transition Conference
WHO: Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director; Dr. Priscilla Settee, University of Saskatoon Indigenous Studies; Ryan Meili, Leader of the Saskatchewan NDP; Jim Stanford, economist; Nikolas Badminton, futurist and researcher; Deron Bilous, former Alberta Minister of Economic Development and Trade
WHEN: September 22 (evening) to September 24
WHERE: Delta Hotel Saskatoon (405 20th Street)

Members of the media that wish to attend must register via email with sylvie.miron@unifor.org before noon on September 22.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For further information: Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell)
Related Links

http://www.unifor.org

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PAVED Arts turns Saskatoon Transit buses into mobile art galleries with 5th annual Toon’s on Transit exhibition

September 19, 2019

Photographers chosen from the 2019 Toons on Transit call for submissions were unveiled tonight at a reception hosted by PAVED Arts.

Starting Wednesday, September 25, as part of the fifth annual Toon’s on Transit campaign, forty-four local photographers will have their work on display in Saskatoon Transit buses and on four Bus Shelters, as part of a two-month roaming gallery exhibition. The works will also be on display for two weeks at PAVED Arts (424 ​20th St W).

After its successful launch in 2015, PAVED Arts once again requested Saskatoon and area photographers to submit photographs, this time exploring the theme “Saskatoon is Magic”.

This Open Call resulted in submissions from more than 90 photographers.

Submissions were narrowed down to 44 by a community jury consisting of Laura St. Pierre (Established mid-career artist and long-time PAVED member), Kiyara ​McNab (Founding Member of Indigenous collective Chokecherry Studios), and Tyler Babiy (Founder of Social Made Local, a community of photographers, videographers and content creators/apparel company.).

For eight weeks, 40 city buses will feature these unique photographs that explore the eccentric, mysterious, and often humorous side of the city where we live.

As an added extension to the project, PAVED Arts will print the winning photos in their Digital Photography Suite and display all 44 photos in their Production Centre, upstairs. This area is open to the public Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 4:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for visitors and residents to view the City through the eyes of the artists and honours the artists with a professional print of their work.

Toon’s on Transit is a continuation of PAVED Arts programming that highlights the talents of local artists through outreach and exhibitions. Located in the heart of Riversdale, PAVED Arts has been facilitating independent media artists for over a decade. Their gallery space often highlights emerging artistic talent from the community. “We are excited to take Toon’s on Transit into every neighbourhood of Saskatoon,” says Travis Cole, PAVED Arts Executive Director.

For more information on the Toon’s on Transit Exhibition please visit PAVEDArts.ca or look for the hashtag #TOT2019 on twitter and Instagram (@PAVEDArts, @StoonTransit).

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Saskatoon college instructor let go over racist comments posted on social media – APTN News

September 19, 2019

A Saskatoon college confirms that a hair styling instructor who was being investigated for racist comments is no longer employed with the institution.

The MC College in Saskatoon, Sask., had previously suspended a staff member without pay while it investigated screenshots posted on social media, last weekend.

The personal messages were shared on Facebook by Tami Eileen Whitehawk and widely shared.

The messages were from Chelsea Kowalchuk, a hair styling instructor at the college.

“Hahaha sorry you’re a fat ugly bitch that his family hates!!! You are an Indian let’s face it his family disowns you. You are pathetic. You will never compare to me!!!” Kowalchuk wrote to Whitehawk.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/09/19/saskatoon-college-instructor-let-go-over-racist-comments-posted-on-social-media/

Origin House Announces Additional C$15 Million Tranche of Debt Financing from Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Ottawa, Canada – September 20, 2019 – CannaRoyalty Corp. d/b/a Origin House (CSE: OH) (OTCQX: ORHOF) (“Origin House” or the “Company”), a North American cannabis products and brands company, announced that it has received a further C$15 million advance of debt financing (the “Financing”) from Opaskwayak Cree Nation (“OCN”).

Marc Lustig, Chairman and CEO of Origin House commented, “We appreciate the continued support of OCN. This non-dilutive funding enables us to maintain our focus on our California growth plans while simultaneously preparing for the closing of the acquisition by Cresco Labs, upon receipt of regulatory approvals.”

In addition to the previously disclosed funding from OCN totalling C$12 million, the proceeds from this Financing are expected to be used by Origin House for the construction and expansion of its premium craft cannabis production facilities in Sonoma County – Cub City and FloraCal, for costs related to closing of the previously announced plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”) with Cresco Labs Inc. (“Cresco Labs”), and for general corporate purposes. The Financing is subject to a 7.5% commitment fee, bears interest at a rate of 10% per annum on the amount advanced and matures on December 31, 2019.

As disclosed on September 17, 2019, Cresco and the Company announced substantial compliance with the request for additional information from the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, in connection with the Arrangement. The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”), as amended, waiting period was extended by the issuance of the Second Requests to Cresco Labs and Origin House. That extended waiting period terminates 30 days after substantial compliance, and the parties would be free to close unless the DOJ obtains an injunction against the transaction. That waiting period is expected to expire on or around October 17, 2019. The expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act, is the last significant condition to completing the Arrangement, and the parties are expecting to be in a position to close the Arrangement following the expiration of the waiting period.

About Origin House

Origin House is a growing cannabis brands and distribution company operating across key markets in the U.S. and Canada, with a strategic focus on becoming a preeminent global house of cannabis brands. Origin House’s brand development platform is operated out of six licensed facilities located across California, and provides distribution, manufacturing, cultivation and marketing services for its brand partners. Origin House is actively developing infrastructure to support the proliferation of its brands internationally, initially through its acquisition of Canadian retailer 180 Smoke. Origin House’s shares trade on the CSE under the symbol “OH” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “ORHOF”. Origin House is the registered business name of CannaRoyalty Corp. For more information, visit www.originhouse.com.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Media

Priyam Chakraborty
Senior Communications Manager, Origin House
pchakraborty@originhouse.com
647-232-9287

Investors

Jonathan Ross
LodeRock Advisors Inc., Origin House Investor Relations
416-283-0178
jon.ross@loderockadvisors.com

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Unifor: Workers at seven Crown corporations set to strike

September 19, 2019

REGINA—Unifor members at four more Crown corporations have voted overwhelmingly to strike if necessary, bringing the province-wide total to seven.

“Scott Moe is steering Saskatchewan towards a major service disruption,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “All because he refuses to grant Crown workers the same pay increase that he gave himself.”

Strike votes were counted Thursday morning at SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency. All delivered a strong strike mandate to their respective bargaining committees. They join SaskTel, SecurTek, and DirectWest in a legal strike position.

Unifor says some progress has been made in recent days on non-monetary items in SaskTel negotiations, but the government’s mandate of a two-year wage freeze for public sector workers is a sticking point that will almost certainly result in job action if no flexibility is granted with the mandate.

If a collective agreement cannot be bargained next week, job action at SaskTel is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on September 30.

“Scott Moe saw fit to give himself a 2.3% wage increase, so it’s certainly unfair to ask Saskatchewan’s hard-working Crown workers to swallow a wage freeze,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Jerry Dias will be joining negotiations on September 26 after a 10 a.m. news conference at the Hotel Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

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Indigenous relay challenge forms team bonding – paNOW

Sep 19, 2019

The Indigenous relay challenge is back for another year at the Prince Albert campus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Sask. Polytechnic students competed in a lighthearted event split into nine teams of 10 people.

The relay race consisted of two separate heats with five teams in the first wave and four in the next. The race had nine different timed events.

The race began with a long-distance run with a baton handing to members who canoed across the river and back. They then handed it to a cyclist who then passed it to a runner carrying a heavy bag. The next leg was the log cutting portion. The final event required team members to start a fire with minimal resources and boil a can of water.

Read More: https://panow.com/2019/09/19/indigenous-relay-challenge-forms-team-bonding/

Indigenous group renews calls for Saskatchewan to end ‘birth alerts’ – National Post

REGINA — The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan is urging the province to follow British Columbia’s lead by ending the practice of “birth alerts.”

Such alerts inform government officials or child-welfare agencies when an infant is born to potentially high-risk parents, which can result in an investigation and a child being seized.

The federation is renewing its call to end the alerts following B.C.’s announcement earlier this week that it is stopping the practice, which has been heavily criticized for discriminating against Indigenous mothers.

“We applaud the B.C. government for moving towards a system that will help families and focus on preventative measures that offer prenatal supports and services to mothers who need or want it,” federation vice-chief Morley Watson said in a release Wednesday.

Read More: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/indigenous-group-renews-calls-for-saskatchewan-to-end-birth-alerts

City of Saskatoon: City seeks new members from across diverse communities: 2020 Boards, Committees and Commissions

Volunteer and share your talents and passion to help make a difference in Saskatoon!

The City of Saskatoon is now promoting its Call for Applications campaign for 2020. We are seeking new members from across our diverse communities to join one of the City’s Boards, Committees or Commissions. In addition to general citizen representation, we are looking for applicants interested in serving our community through a number of advisory committee representative positions for Youth, Seniors, First Nations, Métis, LGTBQ2S and for persons with a disability or as a caregiver of someone with a disability.

Interested? Applications are being accepted now until October 4, 2019.  Visit saskatoon.ca/boards to submit your Committee Application Form, résumé, and two letters of reference using the Reference Form.

For more information, visit saskatoon.ca/boards, the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, or call 306-975-3240.

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Cresco Labs And Origin House Announce Substantial Compliance With HSR Second Request

CHICAGO, IL and OTTAWA, CANADA – September 17, 2019 – Cresco Labs Inc. (“Cresco Labs”) (CSE: CL) (OTCQX: CRLBF) and CannaRoyalty Corp. d/b/a Origin House (“Origin House” and together with Cresco Labs, the “Companies” – CSE: OH, OTCQX: ORHOF), both announced today that, effective September 16, 2019, they have each submitted certifications of substantial compliance with the request for additional information (“Second Request”) from the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (the “DOJ”) in connection with Origin House’s and Cresco Labs’ notification to U.S. antitrust authorities pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”), as amended, in respect of Cresco Labs’ pending acquisition of Origin House (the “Transaction”).

The HSR Act waiting period was extended by the issuance of the Second Requests to Cresco Labs and Origin House. That extended waiting period terminates 30 days after substantial compliance, and the parties would be free to close unless the DOJ obtains an injunction against the transaction. That waiting period is expected to expire on or around October 17, 2019. The expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act is the last significant condition to completing the Transaction, and the parties are expecting to be in a position to close the Transaction following the expiration of the waiting period.

Upon substantially complying with the Second Request, Origin House and Cresco Labs agreed to extend the outside date to complete the Transaction to November 15, 2019.

Charlie Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs, commented, “Today’s announcement marks the crossing of yet another significant hurdle towards the completion of the Transaction. We are pleased to announce that both companies have now submitted their responses and look forward to closing the Transaction following the expiration of the applicable antitrust waiting period.”

About Cresco Labs:

Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States.  Cresco Labs is built to become the most important company in the cannabis industry by combining the most strategic geographic footprint with one of the leading distribution platforms in North America. Employing a consumer-packaged goods (“CPG”) approach to cannabis, Cresco Labs’ house of brands is designed to meet the needs of all consumer segments and includes some of the most recognized and trusted national brands including Cresco, Remedi and Mindy’s, a line of edibles created by James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal. Sunnyside*, Cresco Labs’ national dispensary brand, is a wellness-focused retailer designed to build trust, education and convenience for both existing and new cannabis consumers. Recognizing that the cannabis industry is poised to become one of the leading job creators in the country, Cresco Labs has launched the industry’s first national comprehensive Social Equity and Educational Development (SEED) initiative designed to ensure that all members of society have the skills, knowledge and opportunity to work in and own businesses in the cannabis industry.  Learn more about Cresco Labs at www.crescolabs.com.

About Origin House:

Origin House is a growing cannabis brands and distribution company operating across key markets in the U.S. and Canada, with a strategic focus on becoming a preeminent global house of cannabis brands. Origin House’s California brand development platform is operated out of six licensed facilities located across California, and provides distribution, manufacturing, cultivation and marketing services for its brand partners. Origin House is actively developing infrastructure to support the proliferation of its brands internationally, initially in Canada through its acquisition of Canadian retailer 180 Smoke. Origin House’s shares trade on the CSE under the symbol “OH” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “ORHOF”. Origin House is the registered business name of CannaRoyalty Corp. For more information, visit www.originhouse.com.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Cresco Labs Contacts:

Media:

Jason Erkes, Cresco Labs
Chief Communications Officer
press@crescolabs.com

Investors:

investors@crescolabs.com

For general Cresco Labs inquiries:
312-929-0993
info@crescolabs.com

Origin House Contacts:

Media
Priyam Chakraborty
Senior Communications Manager, Origin House
pchakraborty@originhouse.com
647-232-9287

Investors:
Kingsdale Advisors
1-888-302-5677
contactus@kingsdaleadvisors.com

Jonathan Ross
LodeRock Advisors Inc., Origin House Investor Relations
416-283-0178
jon.ross@loderockadvisors.com

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Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Cut New Headquarters Ribbon – Best Casinos Canada

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority has been working hard in collaboration with the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation on their joint headquarters located on Muskeg Lake Cree Nation reserve land. In order to optimize their joint work towards an improved local gaming field and to better communication between the two entities, this new central office building has come to life. The project amounts to some CA$12 million and comes following 24 years of partnership.

In order to ensure more efficient operation would take place down the road in this close-knit collaboration, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority launched construction of the new central office. Its ultimate goal is to make the gaming authority’s operation much smoother and easier in the long run while keeping a close eye on its gaming offerings.

Read More: https://www.bestcasinoscanada.com/saskatchewan-indian-gaming-authority-muskeg-lake-cree-nation-cut-new-headquarters-ribbon/

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