Alberta finance minister to review beer tax trade ruling after findings leaked

CALGARY — Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says he’s disappointed a report on the province’s beer tax policy was leaked and he’ll be taking time to review the findings.Ceci said Thursday that the government should have had almost a month to privately review the findings of the three-member Agreement on Internal Trade panel, which looked into whether Alberta’s policies to boost its craft beer industry violated trade rules.He said the complainant, Artisan Ales Consulting, showed a lack of respect for the process by leaking the panel’s report when it came out.“Given the leak by the complainant, in this case, we’ve been denied that opportunity to look at this in a fulsome way and correct any issues we found, if there were any, so we’re disappointed they decided to act unilaterally in that way and demonstrate bad faith,” said Ceci.Artisan Ales co-owner Mike Tessier said releasing the report early doesn’t change the findings of the panel.“I don’t care, the answer’s the answer.”The panel, in a two-to-one decision, found the government’s policy of providing what amounts to beer tax rebates to Alberta small breweries discriminates against out-of-province beers sold in Alberta.Ceci said he will be taking time to review the panel’s findings, but still believes the grant program meets trade agreements.The Alberta government also faces a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of its beer policies, with the court case set to resume in September.Ceci made his remarks at a Calgary farmers market, as he announced that craft beers and spirits will be allowed to be sold at approved markets across the province. read more

Bebrice teen remanded over murder of colleague

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related19-yr-old suspect reportedly confesses to murdering Corentyne masonOctober 8, 2018In “Crime”Corentyne murder accused for court todayJanuary 29, 2016In “Crime”Wanted bulletin issued for ‘mastermind’ in murder of Berbice carpenterNovember 23, 2016In “Crime” Killed: Mahindra SooknananA teenager was on Friday arraigned with the murder of his friend when he appeared at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Nineteen-year-old Sasenarine Somai, also called “Orvin” or “Bobo”, of Lot 91 Number 69 Village, Corentyne, was not required to plea to the indictable charge.The Police stated that between October 7 and 8, 2018, he murdered Mahindra Sooknanan, also called “KI”, 20, of Lot 36 Section A Number 69 Village, Corentyne.Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh refused bail and ordered that Somai return to court on January 3, 2019.The accused was represented by Attorney Chandra Sohan who made an application for the disclosure of statements. He told the court this it is his client’s first time in court.It was reported that on the day in question, the suspect and the victim were imbibing when an argument broke out after the now dead man made a statement about the suspect’s wife.Accused: Sasenarine SomaiThe suspect reportedly got angry and left but it is alleged that he ambushed the victim when he was heading home and stabbed him to death.Sooknanan’s body was discovered on Monday last in a pool of blood in the village.The suspect was later arrested and reportedly confessed to the heinous crime.Moreover, he reportedly led investigators to the area where he disposed on the murder weapon.He would have given a confession statement to the Police and charges were instituted. read more