Canada Should Screen All Baby Boomers For Hepatitis C, Liver Specialists Argue

Canada Launches Billion-Dollar Marijuana Free Market This Week

Hepatitis C is a major cause of cirrhosis of the liver and the most common reason for liver transplantation in North America. People chronically infected with the blood-borne virus typically have no symptoms until they develop liver failure or cancer of the liver. But Toronto liver specialist Dr. Hemant Shah says that unlike most chronic viral infections, hepatitis C is curable. The Canadian Liver Foundation recommends that people born from 1945 to 1975 be tested because that age group represents more than 75 per cent of those infected. Canada now screens people based on risky behaviours such as IV drug use, but studies have shown this approach is not very effective. Writing in Monday’s Canadian Medical Association Journal, Shah and his co-authors argue that Canada should follow the lead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which recently recommended that all baby boomers be tested for hepatitis C. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130930/canada-should-screen-all-baby-boomers-hepatitis-c-liver-spec

Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images A new free market for medical marijuana in Canada will replace small growers with large-scale indoor farms, such as this one in Israel, seen in a photo from last year. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images Canada is ushering in what it projects to be a $1.3 billion medical marijuana free market this week, as it replaces small and homegrown pot production with quality-controlled marijuana produced by large farms. The market could eventually serve up to 450,000 Canadians, according to government estimates. As Toronto’s Globe and Mail explains, a transition phase began today that will allow more price fluctuation and phase out home and small-scale production. “In its place, large indoor marijuana farms certified by the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and health inspectors will produce, package and distribute a range of standardized weed, all of it sold for whatever price the market will bear,” the newspaper reports. “The first sales are expected in the next few weeks, delivered directly by secure courier.” Large-scale growers have begun applying for licenses to produce marijuana a including one Ontario company that hopes to grow cannabis in an old Hershey chocolate plant, as Reuters reported last week. At least two large growers have already received their licenses. The free market will likely establish a price of around $7.60 per gram of dried marijuana bud, according to “Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” posted by Canada’s health department. (And if you’re wondering about that spelling, it follows a precedent set in Canada’s controlled substances law.) The health agency projects that the legal marijuana supply industry “could grow to more than $1.3 billion per year in annual sales” within 10 years. Officials say the illegal cannabis market “represents a multibillion dollar per year industry.” The Canadian government says the new plan will also reduce its own costs, on a website explaining some of the changes. “The current program costs Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars each year because the $5/gram charged to program participants who choose to purchase from Health Canada is heavily subsidized,” Health Canada says.

IPC Systems Extends Connexus Network With Chi-X Canada & CX2

Photograph by: Canadian Press , Financial Post OTTAWA a Canadaas economy rebounded in July, growing at the fastest monthly pace in two years, as the impact of the Alberta floods and construction strikes in Quebec in June receded. Gross domestic product grew 0.6% in July, matching the pace for the same month in 2011, Statistics Canada said Monday. The recovery was led by the construction, manufacturing and energy sectors. Economists had expected slightly weaker GDP growth of 0.5% in July, following a 0.5% drop in the previous month and a milder 0.2% advance in May. Related The strong performance in July puts the economy on course for around 2% annualized growth in Q3, up from growth of 1.7% between April and June but still weaker than the 2.2% pace in the first quarter of this year. The Bank of Canada has forecast 3.8% growth for the third quarter. Statistics Canada said Monday construction activity increased 1.9% in July, recouping much of the 2.1% loss in the previous month, with the rebound partly due to the end of the Quebec labour dispute. Manufacturing was up 1.1% in July, following a 1% decline a month earlier, while mining, oil and gas extraction increased 1.4% after a flat reading in June. Construction also rebounded, up 1.9% from a decline of 2.1% in June. Wholesale trade, rose 1.6% in July after drop of 2.6%, appearing to benefit from more normal activity following the flood and labour disruptions, as well. Alberta registered 2.8% growth a on higher sales of building materials and supplies a and Quebec gained 1.1%. Retail trade was up 0.6% after a 1.4% drop a month earlier. aThe snappy rebound in July confirms that the economyas June swoon was driven by temporary special factors, and was not the start of new ugly trend,a said Douglas Porter, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets.

Markets close in 2 hrs 58 mins IPC Systems Extends Connexus Network With Chi-X Canada & CX2 Press Release: IPC Systems 4 hours ago Print JERSEY CITY, N.J., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –As demand for connectivity increases across North America, firms are continually looking for a secure and reliable network for executing trades. Member firms on IPC Systems’ Connexus Financial Extranet service will now provide access to trade on Chi-X Canada and its recently launch CX2, as IPC announced today that Chi-X is the newest market centre to join the Connexus network. This new connection gives traders an extended reach into global capital markets around the world through Connexus’ high-speed bandwidth and reliability through multiple connections to end-points. Traders will be able to access liquidity on both Chi-X Canada and CX2 through IPC’s FIX order flow and Market Data products, giving traders more choice through its cost effect solutions. “We are pleased that IPC traders will have access to both Chi-X Canada and CX2. This is an exciting time for Chi-X, as we set a new record in August capturing 21% market share for TSX-listed securities,” said Dan Kessous, CEO of Chi-X Canada “Through Connexus, IPC traders will be able to take advantage of new trading opportunities and will be able to access new liquidity in the Canadian market.” “Connexus members can now trade on Chi-X Canada and CX2 via the secure network they are already familiar with,” said Joe Pickel, vice president, Network Services Product Management, IPC. “The Chi-X integration into the Connexus network has expanded to IPC customers and they can now trade on Canada’s largest ATS.” The Connexus Financial Extranet is part of the IPC Financial Markets Network service portfolio which also includes private extranet and DirectConnect data services, as well as Trader and Enhanced voice connectivity services. IPC’s Financial Markets Network interconnects global financial centers and allows access to more than 4,000 market participant locations in over 700 cities in nearly 60 countries. Built on an IP/MPLS backbone, the highly scalable and secure Connexus supports a number of industry standard and trading protocols. About IPC IPC offers high- and low-touch trading communications solutions to the global financial trading community including the top investment banks, hedge funds and investment managers in established and emerging markets. With a 100-percent focus on this sector and nearly 40 years of expertise and an unrivaled record of innovation, IPC provides customers with unified solutions that support collaborative voice trading and real-time electronic trading and market data connectivity. IPC’s offerings include the first unified communications/application platform, award-winning hard and soft turrets, electronic connectivity services including enhanced voice services, business continuity solutions, and follow-the-sun service and support. IPC’s global reach extends to nearly 60 countries including a financial extranet of 4,000 on-net locations in over 700 cities and more than 115,000 turrets deployed worldwide. Headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, IPC has approximately 1,000 employees located throughout the Americas and the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. For more information, visit www.ipc.com . About Chi-X Canada Chi-X Canada is a high-performance alternative trading system (ATS) marketplace for the trading of TSX and TSXV-listed securities from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET.