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VOL. 76 PART 4 JULY 2018
In May 2018, approval was given to the Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier,
on behalf of the Government of British Columbia, to enter into an
agreement with the Government of Canada, dated for reference March 20,
2018, entitled “Coordinated Cannabis Taxation Agreement”.
In sad news, the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family will
be closing at the end of August 2018 after 31 years of producing high-quality
and often groundbreaking research on the impact of law and the family.
John-Paul E. Boyd, the current executive director, reports that the Institute
has been unable to secure sufficient funding to continue operations. He will
returning to practice in both Alberta and British Columbia as a family law
arbitrator and family law mediator, doing business as John-Paul Boyd Arbitration
In the United States, arms manufacturers and vendors are shielded from
legal liability by a statute called The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms
Act. This Act was passed in 2005 as a result of intensive pressure and lobbying
by the National Rifle Association.
A May 2018 referendum in the Republic of Ireland resulted in 66.4 per cent
support for overturning the Irish ban on abortions. This was the sixth referendum
on the abortion question in Ireland since 1983, prompting U.K.
comedian Miles Jupp to quip: “The Irish seem to have a referendum on the
same topic every few years on the notion: if you don’t like the result, just
have another one—much like their attitude towards children!”
Scientists have discovered that the waxworm caterpillar can eat and break
down the chemical bonds in plastic. Frederica Bottoccini of the Institute of
Biomedicine and Biotechnology in Cantabria, Spain caught some waxworms
in her bee hives, destroying the wax. She put them in a plastic bag
and discovered that they were able to eat their way out of the bags. Further
experiments disclosed that the caterpillars can break down the chemical
bonds in plastic. Now, the world produces 80,000 tonnes of plastic bags a
year, so it would take a multitude of caterpillars to cope with all the plastic
produced each year. It is hoped that one could replicate the process used by
the caterpillars by using bacteria instead.
Recently noted on a utility box in the U.K.: “Safety warning: Opening this
box will result in death by electrocution and a £50 fine.”
Andres E. Barker and Karen E. Jewell were appointed vice-chairs of the
Labour Relations Board, each for a term of three years.