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Spirit Leaf Vernon owner says 4/20 should be 'day of recognition'

4/20 reason for celebration

For the longest time, 4/20 was a naughty number for an illegal underworld uttered by cannabis users. It was a way to let other people know they imbibed.

As legalization approached, the use of the numeric catchphrase became less clandestine. Large numbers of people gathered each April 20 to smoke weed in public parks and on Legislature grounds, but there was still a tinge of illegality to the affairs.

Not anymore. Not only is cannabis legal, but it has been deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomorrow, April 20, will be a form of celebration for an industry that is thriving in these unprecedented times.

“We went from being illegal to essential,” Spirit Leaf Vernon owner Sarah Ballantyne says. “The pandemic kind of sped this up in 18 months. So that’s pretty cool, pretty noteworthy.”

Business has been booming for Ballantyne and her team at Spirit Leaf Vernon as the selection has increased and their regulars have found their favourites. She said she had approximately 50 skews when legalization first happened, but now there are more than 500.

“So I can really curate our selection here based on customer needs and local products available here in B.C. that are grown here, processed here and packaged here,” she says, adding the end of the COVID-19 pandemic will bring back the tourists that flocked to her 53rd Avenue location during the summers of 2018 and 2019.

Another positive outcome of legalization is the consistency of the product, which means everyone who wants to celebrate tomorrow will likely know how much they need and where it will take them.

“These formats definitely create a more secure product for the customer because of its consistency,” she says. “Our customers love that. They know what they’re getting into each time they take it.

“If they dose themselves correctly, then they can hit that same mark every single time they use it. When everything was illegal, everything was all over the place.”

Now it’s legal, and prices have dropped to black-market levels. The 4/20 celebration will happen tomorrow, and there will be no nefarious tones like in the past.

“That day is way more important than the October 17th date of legalization,” Ballantyne says. “Because when things were illegal it was kind of this underground code, a behind-the-scenes-type thing where if you wrote 4/20 friendly on an ad or something, people knew what it meant. There was kind of this underground code that we always used to have to use.

“But now we can celebrate it. April 20th should be Canada’s cannabis day of celebration or recognition.”

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



Bennett Land Surveying Kelowna available for jobs big and small

Bennett can survey it all

Bennett Land Surveying Kelowna is there for projects big and small not just at the beginning, but for each step of the way as well.

While site and topographic surveys are critical, initial steps of the process before land is even purchased, Bennett surveyor Wayne Brown and his team are also there throughout the process. Whether it’s property boundary retracements, as-built surveys or legal surveying, the job of a surveyor is not finished until everyone has moved into the new building—and maybe even after that.

It’s especially important to have the expertise of a company like Bennett Land Surveying in a city like Kelowna, where there is a flurry of development on top of lands that have been surveyed for more than a century.

“There’s a fair bit of history here,” Brown says. “It’s been around for well over 100 years. Some of the original parcels are well over 100 years old, and there are still several of these older parcels—or portions of them—that are based on surveys from 1910 and 1915.”

Bennett Land Surveying Kelowna can handle site and topographic surveys for single-family homes to stratas to subdivisions and everything in between. There are three main stages of the building process as it pertains to surveying, and Bennett can deliver on all of them.

1. Pre-construction

Site surveys for smaller projects and topographic surveys for bigger ones are important for a variety of reasons, including knowing features on the land that need to be considered when designing a new build.

“This could be the slope, the grades of it or physical features like a retaining wall that has to stay put or a significant tree or a creek, lake or cliff,” Brown says.

Bennett will then do a property boundary survey to determine the exact piece of land on which to design the build.

Property lines are defined by monuments set by previous surveys on the ground,” Brown says. “As neighbours do activities, whether it’s landscaping or construction, these posts get bumped, disturbed or outright removed. If they’re gone, they have to be replaced.”

2. Construction

Once the building permit has been issued—in part from work that Bennett has done in the pre-construction stage—it’s time to dig. Bennett Land Surveying will ensure the excavator puts their machine in the ground at the proper spot. It will help with pile, foundation and gridline layouts as well as utilities, roads, curbs and gutters.

“Most of these buildings are defined by how close they can be to the property lines,” Brown says. “A land surveyor is the expert in property lines.”

3. Post-construction

Once the project is complete, Bennett Land Surveying will conduct an as-built survey to locate the newly built structures and prepare a drawing of record or a British Columbia Land Surveyor’s certificate of the building’s location.

“Quite often the municipality will require some type of as-built survey to confirm that what was installed or erected is where it was designed to be,” Brown says.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



Babylon by TELUS Health app sets up doctor appointment quickly

Doctor access never easier

Did you know:

• Two in three Canadians find it difficult to access medical care after hours without going to the ER?

• One in seven Canadians do not have a family doctor?

• One in five Canadians waited more than seven days the last time they needed medical attention?

TELUS Health is committed to leveraging the power of technology to drive a healthier future for Canadians. The Babylon by TELUS Health app does just that—if you don’t have a family doctor or can’t access yours, you can take advantage of Babylon by TELUS Health and see a doctor from your phone.

Babylon by TELUS Health lets you see a doctor, mental health counsellor or dietitian from your phone, where and when it’s convenient for you. From video consultations to digital health assessments, Babylon by TELUS Health helps you take control of your health.

Digitally monitor your health

With our Healthcheck and Monitor features, get practical insights about your physical and mental health to make positive lifestyle changes.

Prescriptions and referrals

Get prescriptions and referrals for diagnostic tests or specialists as needed directly through the app.

Check symptoms quickly

Powered by artificial intelligence, our chat-style Symptom Checker asks you questions about your symptoms to suggest possible courses of action.

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Not feeling like yourself lately? Talking to someone can really help, and you can do it right from your phone. Accessible, non-judgmental virtual support in the comfort of your own home.

Clinical records

Easily access your Babylon by TELUS Health doctor consultation notes and prescription history whenever you need it.

Babylon by TELUS Health’s friendly doctors are fully licensed in the provinces they provide care. They are specially trained to provide video-based care and operate to high clinical standards. All appointments booked through the app will be automatically scheduled in English. However, appointments with doctors who speak other languages such as French, Mandarin, Persian (Farsi) and Punjabi are available. Contact the support team at 1-855-577-8838 for more details.

Babylon by TELUS Health takes data security and privacy extremely seriously. All of Babylon by TELUS Health’s clinical procedures meet industry and legal standards. It retains patient records in accordance with national best practice guidelines, and all patient data is securely transmitted using industry-recognized encryption methods.

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This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



Getting a second look at your investments can pay big dividends

Second opinion can pay off

When you’re facing a serious medical situation, it’s normal to seek out a second opinion. Assuming you have the time, energy and opportunity, why wouldn’t you? Investments should be treated the same way.

Getting a qualified financial advisor to take a second look at your investments is something everyone should do on a semi-regular basis, every five years or so. You’ve worked hard to build your nest egg; it makes sense to gather as much information as possible on taking care of it.

Here’s what to expect from a second opinion:

1. The meeting

A second opinion is more than just giving your investment statements a once-over. It starts with a conversation to gain an understanding of your holistic financial picture.
• What level of risk can you tolerate?
• What are your long-term goals?
• What is your budget, and how much are you saving month to month?
• Are you expecting to make any big changes to your lifestyle?

This may seem comparable to what you did when you first built your plan, but things can change, and it’s important to make sure your strategy is still relevant based on today—not yesterday.

2. The plan

Once the advisor outlines your current goals, they’ll look at your financial plan. They’ll check to see if anything’s missing. Someone giving a second opinion may have suggestions to fit your current lifestyle.

3. The investments

Now it’s time to study your investments. Are you invested beyond your risk tolerance? Are you being charged unnecessarily high fees?

Some companies are still charging high fees, but there’s no way the average investor would know they’ve been overcharged unless they get a second opinion.

Your advisor should always be making a concerted effort to explain things simply and transparently. If they aren’t, it might be a good sign that it’s time for a second opinion.

Get a second opinion on your finances.

For more investment advice visit valleyfirst.com/invest or connect with wealth planning specialist Stacey Agecoutay at [email protected].

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



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