- An SQDC spokesperson said, “in the light of many health problems recently discovered in the U.S., we’re uncomfortable with the idea of selling such products. “
- Last week, the US Centres for Disease Control linked VAPI to illicit thickening agent vitamin E acetate—which isn’t allowed in Canadian products.
- Quebec National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda did not agree, saying, “The cause of these illnesses remains indeterminate.”
Le Devoir—In French
- The Canadian Medical Association called for a ban on all e-cigarettes.
- The Cannalysts compared Quebec’s REC retail approach to Alberta’s, and concluded by not following Alberta’s private REC lead, Quebec has lost $152M in economic activity, $12M in provincial sales tax, and $12M in excise tax.
- The SQDC is interested in offering 24-hour delivery to consumers.
Following several months of fruitless negotiations between the SQDC and the various unions accredited at 20 of the 30 SQDC stores, the Quebec labour minister named a special mediator to help secure the first collective agreement between the SQDC and its employees.
- The main issue of contention is salary. Wages for workers at the Société des Alcools du Québec, the provincial liquor organization, start at $20.46 per hour, while SQDC salaries start at $14.25.
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