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August 29, 2018

As the emerging cannabis industry continues to spark growing interest and dialogue, Okanagan College has partnered with experts across the region and beyond to develop a diverse offering of courses – from greenhouse pest management techniques to business fundamentals and retail sales training.

“This is a fluid and dynamic field full of aspiring producers and investors,” says Dr. Dennis Silvestrone, Director of Continues Studies and Corporate Training at Okanagan College. “The courses we have developed bring a unique educational experience to people interested in the sector. Our goal is to be ahead of the curve and find innovative ways to serve workers and employers in the Okanagan Shuswap as the industry gains momentum.”

As federal legislation regarding the usage of cannabis changes, so, too, are the attitudes surrounding the industry and those learning about and working in it. Initial interest in the offerings has been strong. The Growing Your Own Cannabis course has already filled to capacity, prompting the College to explore adding another intake this fall.

As Silvestrone points out, there is also a host of information, such as workplace policies, that employers will need to educate themselves on.

“There’s far more to cannabis training than the cultivation side of things,” he explains. “The implications around cannabis and the workplace, around facility practices and business fundamentals are vast and far-reaching and so we’re working to provide as diverse a programming array as possible to serve the community.”

With the region’s long growing season, agriculture has traditionally been a significant part of the local economy. So, it’s not surprising that the emerging cannabis industry would look to the Okanagan as an ideal environment for growth. The potential for licensed cannabis producers to set up businesses in the area means jobs for people in a growing industry and tax revenues for communities, much like the growth brought by the wine industry.

Jeff Thorne is Cultivation Manager at Sunniva, a medical cannabis company currently building a new greenhouse facility in Okanagan Falls. Thorne has years of experience in the cannabis industry and has been involved in the development of the course materials at the College.

“The cannabis training courses offered at Okanagan College are more than just theory,” says Thorne. “Created by veteran cannabis industry professionals, they give students tactile learning experiences. Individuals may have a background in the industry, but no idea on how to successfully commercialize their businesses. These courses are designed to help people understand the regulations and licensing requirements needed to meet current medical cannabis industry demands and take their production processes to the next level,” says Thorne.

The production process for medical grade marijuana is carefully regulated to maintain quality. “When you’re growing a product on a farm and delivering it to a pharmacy, you have to understand the quality assurance process. These courses will deliver that knowledge,” says Thorne.

Labour market predictions indicate the industry will see greatest demand for semi-skilled jobs in areas such as canopy maintenance, pest management, processing and extraction. Thorne notes that opportunities for on-the-job training do exist, and workers who take steps to build a foundation of industry knowledge will excel.

The College made headlines last fall when it became one of the first in the sector in B.C. to implement a Cannabis course through its School of Business. The Emerging Marijuana Industry was the name of the course taught by David Cram, a 26-year veteran College business professor. It illuminated students to the regulatory process and emerging business impacts of legalization, in the context of the Canadian economy.

Intakes for the courses offered through the College’s Continuing Studies department begin in September. Course details, tuition and application information can be found online at okanagan.bc.ca/cannabistraining.

 
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TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2018 /CNW/ - On the heels of a successful global McDelivery Day, McDonald's Canada has announced plans to expand McDelivery through a partnership with food delivery company SkipTheDishes. The partnership offers Canadians even more convenience and choice when it comes to enjoying their favourite McDonald's menu items wherever and whenever they want.

McDelivery with SkipTheDishes will launch this month in select cities in Western Canada, and will roll out across the country by the end of 2018.

The partnership is the latest expansion of delivery for McDonald's, who, along with its franchisees, have been focusing on evolving and modernizing the guest experience in restaurants in Canada and around the world. Recently, the company also announced the addition of mobile ordering, as well as table service and self-order kiosks.

McDonald's Canada currently offers McDelivery in more than 500 restaurants across the country.

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"We are excited to partner with SkipTheDishes as we continue to grow our McDelivery business and expand McDelivery into even more cities across the country," says Dan Logan, Delivery Director, McDonald's Canada. "McDelivery continues to be an exciting way for us to connect with our guests outside the restaurant and an opportunity for us to deliver a personalized and convenient guest experience."

"As our business started and is growing here in Canada, SkipTheDishes is thrilled to partner with McDonald's to connect more Canadians with the food they want. We're ready to deliver an experience Canadians across the country will love," said Jeff Adamson, Co-Founder and VP of Restaurants at SkipTheDishes.

Facts

  • The full menu at participating McDonald's restaurants will be available for delivery with the exception of soft serve cones
  • Coupons, mobile offers and promotional offers are excluded from delivery

ABOUT McDonald's® Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald's restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 100,000 people from coast-to-coast and more than 90 per cent of McDonald's 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, beverages and packaging, more than 85 per cent is purchased from suppliers in Canada. For more information on McDonald's Canada visit McDonalds.ca.

 
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VANCOUVER – August 16, 2018 – Shiver me Timbers! On Wednesday, August 15, White Spot guests across B.C. and Alberta raised a record $116,090 for White Spot’s ninth consecutive Pirate Pak Day fundraiser. For one special day each year both the young, and young-at-heart can purchase the iconic boat from Canada’s longest-running restaurant chain. Bounty raised this year will help send over 75 children and young adults to Zajac Ranch in Mission B.C.

White Spot donated $2.00 from each Kids and Adult Pirate Pak sold to Zajac Ranch, a B.C. charity that gives campers with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities an unforgettable experience. Since the program’s inception, White Spot has raised a total of $780,776, providing hundreds of young mateys with a summer camp experience.

“Year after year, our staff and guests continue to amaze us,” said White Spot president Warren Erhart. “Our staff definitely embrace the spirit of the day, dressing in their best pirate regalia for a good cause.   On behalf of everyone at White Spot, I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to all of our guests who came out to show their support.”

“White Spot continues to demonstrate its long-term commitment to improving the lives of children and young adults with special needs by supporting Zajac Ranch,” said Mel Zajac, founder of Zajac Ranch for Children. “We are so thankful to be partnered with White Spot for Pirate Pak Day; it’s the perfect way to celebrate childhood while supporting a worthy cause. On behalf of the entire Zajac Ranch team, I’d like to send a big, heart-felt thank-you to all the folks who stopped in at White Spot to enjoy this year’s Pirate Pak Day!”

White Spot will be sending kids to Zajac Ranch for “White Spot Week” from August 20 to 24, where campers can participate in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, water sports and arts and crafts.

Here are a just a few of the many enthusiastic tweets from White Spot guests:

  • Pirate Pak Day: notes of burgers, a hint of fries, and undertones of being a pirate for the day which allows for a feeling of helping children go to camp, a full stomach, and a crisp finish of pretending to be a kid again. It was piratey
  • Just admit it, it's ALL about that gold coin!! Not about the endless fries, endless pop, burger, coleslaw, ice-cream but that gold chocolate coin that we all look for when the boats arrive!!
  • I would still be jealous of the kids having #piratepak in the other 364.25 days of the year. It’s the #fun The #food The fundraiser and... the #goldcoin#whitespot#legendaryburger#burger#yum#piratepakday#piratepakday2018
  • Back wit da buccaneers fur da annual pilgrimage to @White_Spot #PiratePakDay, doubling da Mateys dis year! #ItsaTradition Arrrr Matey!

I forgot today was pirate pak day. I don’t wanna talk about it

 

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