Some of the “budtenders” — the frontline clerks who worked at the shops — have pleaded guilty to charges, while others are challenging the charges in trials.
In doing so, Picard became, for many, the controversial face of the courts’ struggle to meet new timelines for trials — a struggle that continues to make news as an overcrowded system tries to meet the new litmus test for judicial expediency.
The Ontario Court of Appeal reinstated the murder charge in September of this year and Picard returned to jail to await trial.
The National Arts Centre in September announced its longtime president and CEO, Peter Herrndorf, will step down in 2018.
Herrndorf, who started as the NAC boss in 1999, said leading the arts institution has been “the greatest joy in my life.” Under his leadership, the NAC created a fundraising arm to educate Canadians about performing arts and support artists.
More difficult issues remain, though, including how history should treat the legacy of Macdonald himself and how practically to improve life on reserves, in the North and for off-reserve Indigenous people.
It was a remarkable year for the man behind Ottawa’s high-tech darling.From good to bad and even ugly, and in no particular order, here our our choices. In April, the federal Liberal government announced changes to Canada’s marijuana laws, giving all three levels of government just over a year to prepare for legal possession and sales of pot in summer 2018.Provinces have been developing rules on how marijuana will be sold, with Ontario opting for government-run storefronts and online sales.Herrndorf was named Companion of the Order of Canada on Canada Day.Joshua Boyle returned home after five years of captivity to intense media scrutiny and public questioning.Picard has been charged with murder in the 2012 death of 28-year-old Fouad Nayel — again.