Policy - - Before The Bell | From The Editor -

May is a month of hope and op­ti­mism. The days are longer, base­ball is back, gen­der-lensed op­por­tu­nity flows from the fed­eral bud­get and we be­gin to see a lot of green. For many in our coun­try that green will mean the bud­ding of a new le­gal­ized recre­ational mar­i­juana in­dus­try and for oth­ers the right­ing of the ship for women in busi­ness.

While Bill C-45 makes its way through Par­lia­ment and women across the coun­try hold out re­newed hope to get a fair shake in busi­ness, there is cer­tainly a lot of an­tic­i­pa­tion and cau­tious op­ti­mism about what this will mean for many peo­ple.

In this is­sue of The Re­view we look at both is­sues: cannabis and women in busi­ness.

Be­fore the Bell ex­am­ined what out­stand­ing is­sues re­main that should be con­sid­ered be­fore the recre­ational use of cannabis is le­gal­ized. Our Dale Smith re­counts the is­sues in his piece “The Fi­nal Count­down.”

Rita No­taran­drea, CEO of the Cana­dian Cen­tre for Sub­stance Use and Ad­dic­tion, adds a cau­tion­ary note about young peo­ple on cannabis. As she writes, “it is in­creas­ingly im­por­tant we talk to youth ”

Next Michael Bourque, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Cana­dian Real Es­tate As­so­ci­a­tion, re­minds us to ex­er­cise cau­tion around health con­cerns for grow­ing your own cannabis.

And no dis­cus­sion on dec­i­mal­iza­tion would be com­plete with­out the voice of Canada’s po­lice forces. Maro Harel, pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice sounds his whis­tle re­mind­ing us there are key ju­ris­dic­tional de­tails that have yet to be re­solved.

The fed­eral bud­get was a good news bud­get of sorts for in­spir­ing and grow­ing women en­trepreneurs. Dale Smith re­caps the Be­fore the Bell show on what those op­por­tu­ni­ties are in “Push­ing For­ward for Women in Busi­ness.”

Jan­ice McDon­ald, founder of the Bea­con Agency, and Clare Beck­ton, ex­ec­u­tive in res­i­dence with the Cen­tre for Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion on Women in Work, add that there needs to be a broader def­i­ni­tion of the term in­no­va­tion for women en­trepreneurs.

Fi­nally, spe­cial to the Sixth Es­tate, Bar­bara Bal­four ex­am­ines if the #MeToo move­ment may ac­tu­ally be neg­a­tively im­pact­ing women in busi­ness and the need for con­tin­ued pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive re­la­tion­ships be­tween men and women at work.

Hope springs eter­nal. En­joy!.

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