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13 Jul

Health Canada says that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid modafinil, reports the CBC.

“The frequency of major congenital anomalies (17.3 per cent) and cardiac anomalies (4 per cent) associated with the exposure to modafinil and/or armodafinil was above the frequency observed in the general population (3 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively,” Health Canada said in its letter on Thursday.

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11 Jul


MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 9, 2019 /CNW/ – Arterra Wines Canada, Inc. (AWC) announced today they have closed a deal to acquire Culmina Family Estate Winery a premium boutique winery, founded in 2007 by Don and Elaine Triggs.

Culmina (CUL-mihn-uh) in Latin translates to the ‘peak’ or apex, which reflects the Triggs’ desire to grow the highest possible quality wine from their incredible terroir in the Golden Mile Bench.

Since the inception, their mission has been to create wines of excellence through the blending of art and science. The Golden Mile Bench, the Okanagan Valley’s first sub-appellation created in 2015, was purposely selected as the home of Culmina, with the help of Bordeaux-based consultant, Alain Sutre. The Triggs’ scoured the valley for terroir with potential to create iconic quality wines which continue to earn high accolades and recognition across Canada and internationally.

The addition of Culmina Family Estate Winery into the AWC family of wineries complements its diverse selection of Canadian and international award-winning VQA wines. AWC has been making wines in the Okanagan for more than 30 years, with over a thousand acres of premium vineyards like Black Sage and Sunrock. They make recognized wines from Black Sage Vineyard, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, See Ya Later Ranch, Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin Okanagan, Nk’Mip Cellars, Laughing Stock Vineyards and employ over 500 people in B.C.    

“We have a long history with Jay and his team at Arterra Wines Canada, so we are confident they will continue the development of Culmina’s destiny as a producer of iconic quality wines,” said Don and Elaine Triggs, co-proprietors and their daughter Sara, Culmina Family Estate Winery.

“I have personally worked closely with the Triggs family over the years, so I’m immensely proud to bring the Culmina Family Estate Winery into the Arterra Wines Canada family. They have played such an integral role in building our Canadian wine industry and we are proud to continue the legacy Culmina has created,” said Jay Wright, president and CEO, Arterra Wines Canada, Inc.

Don and Elaine are planning for retirement, but will be supporting the transition over the next several months. Sara will be joining AWC as Sales and Marketing Director in continued support of the vision, strategy and planning for Culmina.

Arterra Wines Canada, Inc. is the country’s leading producer and marketer of award-winning, globally recognized Canadian and imported wines.

Arterra Wines Canada, Inc. has grown and evolved to owning and distributing 100+ wine brands, including seven of the top 20 brands in Canada: Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Sawmill Creek, Wallaroo Trail, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Ruffino and Kim Crawford. In the last five years, the company’s portfolio has received over 1,500 accolades and awards in national and international wine competitions.

Headquartered in Mississauga, ON, Arterra Wines Canada, Inc. operates eight wineries and over 1,700 acres of premium vineyards in Canada’s wine regions. It owns and operates 164 Wine Rack retail wine stores in Ontario and sells wine kits and products for winemaking through its RJS Craft Winemaking brand. It employs approximately 2,000 full-time and part-time staff across the country.

For more information about Arterra Wines Canada, Inc., visit

Culmina Family Estate Winery is located on the Golden Mile Bench in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, is the result of a lifetime of experience in the wine industry for Don, Elaine and Sara Triggs. Through their hard work, scientific study, commitment to craft, unwavering pursuit of excellence and a longstanding faith in the potential for icon-quality wines from Canadian soil, Culmina Family Estate Winery was born.

SOURCE Arterra Wines Canada, Inc.

For further information: Media inquiries, please contact: Michelle Saba, Arterra Wines Canada, Inc., 416-209-2078, OR

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04 Jul

Swiss biotech firm NLS Pharmaceutics Ltd, which focuses on the development of novel treatments for the central nervous system (CNS)—in particular attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as hypersomnias (including narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, and Kleine Levin syndrome)—and other neurological diseases, has received a notice of allowance for a patent from the the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for a sleep disorder-related patent family.

Canadian Patent No. 2,825,275, entitled “Lauflumide and the enantiomers thereof, method for preparing same and therapeutic uses thereof” (inventor: NLS co-founder Eric Konofal), was allowed by the CIPO on May 30, 2019. The allowed invention claims concepts related to the use of lauflumide or the enantiomers thereof in the treatment of ADHD, narcolepsy, or idiopathic hypersomnia. Lauflumide is a wake-promoting compound structurally similar to modafinil. The Canadian patent to be issued expires in January 2032.

“We are extremely pleased with the continued development of our patent portfolio. The issuance of these patents is another major step in the development of a robust patent portfolio of NLS, including for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy, both fast growing neurological disorders with high unmet medical needs,” says Alex Zwyer, CEO of NLS, in a release.

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21 Jun

Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s leadership team (top, left to right): Gabe Cipes, Jeremy Luypen, Ezra Cipes, Gary Leslie, Rory Baldwin, Avneet Hothi, Lindsey Reagean.

(Bottom, left to right): Nicole Martinez, Helen Sarris, Stephen Cipes, Andrea Thiessen, Ari Cipes, Li Zhou, Livi Waller, Mike Curren, Michael Alexander, Ryan Maarschalk, Ryan Andrews. (Photo credit: Kevin Trowbridge).


(Kelowna, BC) Big news for a BC winery: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna, BC, is the first winery in Canada to be accredited as a Certified B Corporation® and is one of only 26 wineries worldwide to gain this certification.

This mark ultimately acknowledges that Summerhill Pyramid Winery focuses on people and planet, not just profit.

CEO Ezra Cipes has explained the certification in a blog post. Click & read here.

“My parents started working with Summerhill Pyramid’s organic certifier all the way back in 1988,” says winery CEO Ezra Cipes. He goes on to say, “Organic certification is important because it provides transparency for the way we farm and make our wine. Now I am thrilled to announce that on May 15, after a two-year accreditation process, Summerhill has become a Certified B Corporation®, which provides the same kind of transparency for the way we run our business.”

More Information:

Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. B Corp businesses make a positive global impact by working to reduce inequality, lower levels of poverty, create a healthier environment, build strong communities and offer high-quality jobs. Summerhill Pyramid Winery has been assessed in categories including governance, workers, customers, community, and the environment to achieve this certification.

Acknowledging that Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a B Corporation shows customers that the team’s dedication to living their values in the way they do business is authentic. The Summerhill team considers the impact of its decisions on its workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment – to go above and beyond the production of wine to ensure its workers, lands and community benefit from their practices.

With B Corp, Summerhill Pyramid joins a community of leaders driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The B Corp® list includes well-known companies like Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s. As the first Canadian winery to gain this certification, Summerhill is establishing its own presence amongst these global giants. Other BC companies having achieved this certification include Hootsuite, Nada, and Pyrrha Handcrafted Jewels.

About Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Summerhill Pyramid is Canada’s most visited winery. The winery team welcomes thousands of visitors onto its farm from all over the world. The founding vision to bottle among the very finest wines in the world has been achieved, with trophies from the highest levels of competition in France, England, and around the world to show for it. But the greatest legacy is the change that the team strives to nourish daily. The winery’s greatest goal is an ongoing one of service to humanity, engendering a culture of gratitude for people and planet with every heavenly sip of its organic wine. Learn more at


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18 Jun

18th June, 2019
Lucy Shaw

Beer giant Molson Coors will start selling its first non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused drinks in Canada on 16 December in time for Christmas.

Brewing giant Molson Coors will start selling its first cannabis-infused drinks in Canada in December

As reported by Bloomberg, the project, called Truss, is a joint venture between Molson Coors and Canadian cannabis brand Hexo.

“We’ll have a very large supply, so we’ll be in a good position to be able to meet the demand of the marketplace and at the same time also ensure that we’re meeting the variety that the marketplace wants,” Jay McMillan, Hexo’s vice president of strategic development, told Bloomberg at the World Cannabis Congress in New Brunswick, Canada.

“Canada is this great experiment where we can come and establish these high-quality products and be able to see how it works across different demographics, get that feedback from the consumer and then we will move into other jurisdictions, whether that’s into the UK, the US or Latin America,” he added.

A worker in one of Hexo’s greenhouses in Quebec

Molson Coors and Hex are currently developing a range of non-alcoholic cannabis drinks in time for the December launch, when cannabis-infused drinks will be made legal in Canada, along with cannabis edibles and vape pens.

McMillan believes the cannabis-infused drinks made by Truss will be superior in quality to those currently available in the US, which often taste like “bong water” and take a long time for the buzz to kick in, according to McMillan.

Both Molson Coors and Hex are keeping their options open and are flexible about tweaking their cannabis drinks offering depending on what proves popular. Currently in development are a Cannabis water and a “beer-like” beverage.

Truss is also looking into selling CBD-infused drinks in the US and plans to be selling an eight-strong drinks range in America by 2020.

One potential stumbling block in the marketing of cannabis-infused drinks is the fact that they won’t be able to be called “beer” or “wine”.

“Instead of beer, you’re going to have to call it a cannabis-infused yeast extract,” Darrell Dexter, executive director of the Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance, said during the World Cannabis Congress.

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17 Jun

Canada can look like an ideal place to live, with progressive social policies and stunning natural beauty. A survey shows that Canada is also a great place to be in recovery, with many people in recovery thriving in their professional and personal lives.

A 2017 survey by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction spoke to 855 people about their experience with recovery, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

The survey contained good news for sober singles in Canada, painting a picture of a well-educated, healthy and happy recovery community.

“The problem is we hide it,” said Rand Teed, a drug counselor who initiated the survey. “It’s still something people are embarrassed about.”

However, more and more people are talking openly about their sobriety, and even seeking out other sober singles to date and share a life in recovery.

The survey found that 78 percent of people who were in recovery were actively employed and they rarely missed work. Sixty-two percent of people surveyed had completed post-secondary education.

The survey also shined a light onto the personal lives of people in recovery. It found that 49 percent of respondents were married and 61 percent had children. For the 51 percent of people who are in recovery and unmarried, online dating provides a great way to meet other sober singles and connect with other people in the community.

Rejoining the local community is an important part of recovery, according to Marshall Smith, senior adviser for recovery initiatives at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use.

“Individuals with substance-use disorders are capable of changing, growing and becoming positively connected to the broader community,” Smith told The Vancouver Sun.

Teed’s survey also found that people who try to get sober in Canada are generally successful. Once they were in recovery, 54 percent of people said that they did not have barriers maintaining their sobriety. In fact, 51 percent said that they had never relapsed.

The biggest challenge in getting sober was accessing treatment initially.

“The primary barrier [to recovery] was stigma. The second barrier was access. People reported finding difficulty getting help when they finally wanted help,” Teed said.

A majority of people who took the survey said that they initially didn’t believe their substance use was severe enough to warrant treatment. Half said that they were hesitant to get treatment because they were worried about what other people would think of them.

Once they did reach out, many people had trouble accessing care: about one-third of respondents said that they didn’t know where to go to get treatment, they didn’t have supportive networks, or that they had to wait too long to get treatment.

However, the overall takeaway from the survey was very positive for sober people in Canada. Ninety-one percent said that they had a “good,” “very good” or “excellent” life.

“The services and programs we have in our community — the people who have access to them — do very, very well,” said Judy D’Arcy, who works in the Canadian recovery community. “We’re very proud of those programs.”

Sober Singles is a dating website for sober people in Canada.

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