1. Forum addresses digital network

    Collaboration is the key to future innovation and technological success. At least, that was the message coming out of a forum hosted by the Niagara Research and Planning Council (NRAPC). The forum, held at the MacBain Community Centre in Niagara Falls, was focused around creating a Niagara-wide digital knowledge network...

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Cannabis Legalization: Government Choices Interact with Business Realities to Help or Hinder Policy Goals (Policy Brief #33)
"The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) has partnered with Michael J. Armstrong, an associate professor in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, to explore the business realities of the emerging cannabis industry. Notwithstanding its business focus, this policy brief raises serious questions for municipalities across the country. For the Niagara region, which has seen a wave of interest in cannabis growing, one central consideration is land-use. Municipalities are generally expected and required by law to regulate and strategically manage land-use to advance the economic, environmental, social, and aesthetic welfare of the local community. Not only do these objectives often conflict, but each dimension has multiple interests and stakeholders that contend with each other. With the cannabis industry’s emergence in Niagara, new battle lines may appear over growing and processing site locations, greenhouse conversions, and repurposing of farmlands. While this brief’s discussion centres on the operational business issues of cannabis product quality, consumer satisfaction, and black-market competition, municipalities simultaneously are making strategic decisions about economic, ecological, social, and aesthetic land-use planning. They are also contending with this emerging industry’s implications for tourism, agribusiness, and bio-life sciences. Similarly, post-secondary institutions need to be part of deliberations about workforce development, entrepreneurship training, and industry-related research and innovation." - Charles Conteh, Director, Niagara Community Observation Published By: Niagara Community Observation Publication Date: April 2018 read more ❯

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