June 16

Cannabis edibles to become legal in December

Health Canada released new regulations on cannabis edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts on June 14. These products will be on the legal market as early as mid-December, although Canadians should expect there to be a shortage of supply, at least initially. The regulations, which include strict packaging and labelling requirements, are designed to limit the appeal of cannabis products and reduce the risk of food-borne illness or over-consumption. The responsible government minister, Bill Blair, stated, “Our motivation is and will always be to protect our kids, to protect health and safety of Canadians, to keep our communities safe and displace that illicit market that has developed over decades in this country.” He added that buying from the black market is a “crap shoot” because consumers can’t be assured of the potency or purity of the product. Black market products can contain insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers that are not fit for human consumption, he said.


Pembroke to host National Indigenous Peoples’ Day event

A celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day will take place Friday June 21 at Rotary Park, James Street, Pembroke from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy indigenous and Métis teaching workshops, vendors, information booths, kids’ crafts, face painting and bouncy castle. Free admission. Sponsored by The Anishinaabe Cultural Circle. Everyone is welcome.


Dates for Valley graduation ceremonies

  • June 25    St. John Bosco: Senior Kindergarten graduation at 1 p.m. in the gym. Grade 8 graduation Mass at 7 p.m. at St. Hedwig’s followed by ceremony in the gym. George Vanier: Graduation Mass at 7 p.m. at Holy Canadian Martyrs, Combermere, followed by reception in the school library.
  • June 26     Sherwood PS: Grade 8 graduation photos at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., ceremony at 7 p.m.
  • June 27     Madawaska Valley District High School: 6 to 9 p.m. in the cafetorium

Congratulations to all the students, with thanks to teachers and staff.


You’re never too old

lukas-budimaier-unsplash.com The Week reports that a 108-year-old Polish woman still plays piano daily. Wanda Zarzycka has been playing the instrument since a young age and even continued playing after she broke her hands at the age 80, even though doctors had told her she would never play again. (Photo Lukas Budimaier on Unsplash)



Canadian women off to a good start in soccer World Cup

The Canadian team has won its first two games, against the Cameroons and New Zealand, in the Women’s World Cup now under way in France. This means it now goes forward to the next round of sixteen teams. It will play the Netherlands on Thursday to decide who tops their group. There is additional interest for Canadians as Team Captain, Christine Sinclair, is poised to become the world record holder in goals scored whether by a female or male in international soccer. She needs to score just four more goals to break the record.

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