Friday 28 September 2018

Timeless Herbal Care Makes First Shipment of Medical Marijuana to Canada


Jamaican medical marijuana producer Timeless Herbal Care has successfully delivered the first shipment of extracted medical marijuana oil to Canada. This marks Jamaica’s first international legal export of extracted medical marijuana.  The shipment to Canada was authorized by an import permit issued by the Government of Canada through Health Canada for Jamaica; and an export permit issued by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica.

According to the Honourable Minister Audley Shaw, the Jamaican Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries “Jamaica is uniquely positioned to be a global player and I am committed to providing the leadership and resources required for opening the international markets including Canada and Europe for our licensed and regulated Jamaican companies.”
 The Minister’s statement was echoed by Lincoln Allen the CEO of the Jamaica Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) who has also identified this international export opportunity as a major target for the CLA.

According to Mr. Allen “the CLA is fulfilling it’s mandate and commitment to enabling timely development of the framework to position Jamaica as a global leader for the export of medical cannabis.”
The Import permit from Health Canada was obtained on behalf of Jamaican Timeless Herbal Care who was then granted an export permit by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica. According to Courtney Betty President and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care; “Timeless continues to be a trailblazer in Jamaica and the accomplishment of landing the first shipment of extracted oil which was cultivated and extracted at our facilities in Jamaica is a fulfillment of a mission we began five years ago.”
“I am proud of our local footprint in Jamaica which provides us with access to the largest potential legal cultivation market in the world though our own licensed facilities, and the other licensed Jamaican cultivators: the Christiana Potato Growers Co-operative and the country’s indigenous community, the Maroons.”
 Timeless is further strengthened by a strong team of international partners including O.penVAPE and New York City’s Mount Sinai hospital who are helping to guide the company in producing the highest grade extracted oil which can be used for clinical trials leading to the development of true medicinal products for the world.
With today’s announcement and the commitment of both Minister Shaw and the Licensing Authority, Jamaica is rapidly moving to taking it’s rightful place in the trillion-dollar medical marijuana industry. Several key Jamaican programs will be announced in the weeks to come.
For more information on Timeless Herbal Care Ltd., visit:, or call: 876.754.2121.

Media Contacts:

Theresa Betty, 416-907-0978Stephen Weir, 416.489.5868

Saturday 22 September 2018


Attention Media  October 3, 2018

Innocence Canada Reception for the Wrongly Convicted, their families, dignitaries and pioneers of innocence work around the world  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Convocation Hall Law Society of Ontario, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario:  On October 3, 2018, Innocence Canada and the Law Society of Ontario will host a reception in recognition of its 25th Anniversary and the 5th Anniversary of Wrongful Conviction Day. 
Family members of Donald Marshall Junior, Canada’s first recognized exoneree, will attend, as well as ‎Jim McCloskey, founder of Centurion Ministries and a long-time stalwart and pioneer of the innocence movement.
Other special guests include John Artis, wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey along with his co-accused the late world championship boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter; Mike and Helen Kalaugher innocence activists in New Zealand; Jim Coffin, whose father Wilbert Coffin was hanged in Quebec in 1959; and Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted in Toronto in 1956 at the age of 14.
MPP Rick Nicholl and Chief Justice of Ontario George Strathy will attend amongst other members of the judiciary, lawyers, and past and present members of Innocence Canada.
In conjunction with the various events hosted by organizations around the world, 20 confirmed landmarks to date will be illuminated in recognition of Wrongful Conviction Day. Among these will be the CN Tower, Mississauga Absolute Towers, Niagara Falls, BC Place, Baltimore City Hall Dome, Mid-Hudson Bridge and the Peace Bridge. 
Many cities across Canada have proclaimed October 2nd, 2018 as Wrongful Conviction Day. At the federal level, MP Ali Ehsassi will be recognizing Wrongful Conviction Day in the House of Commons.
The highlight of the evening’s reception in Toronto will be the introduction of the wrongly convicted. Amongst those attending are William Mullins-Johnson, Rob Baltovich, Tammy Marquardt, James Driskell, Leighton Hay, Ron Dalton, Réjean Hinse, Maria Shepherd and Dinesh Kumar.
The evening will also include the presentation of:
The Rubin Hurricane Carter Champion of Justice Award: to highly-respected lawyer and human rights advocate Marlys Edwardh and a former Board member of Innocence Canada.
The Tracey Tyler Award: will be presented to Halifax Examiner reporter Tim Bousquet.
The Donald Marshall Junior Award: the first recipient will be Donald Marshall Junior.  Marlys Edwardh who was a leader of his legal team will be presenting the award to him posthumously.  Accepting the award will be Terry Marshall, Donald's brother, and Donald's former partner and life-long friend, Jane McMillan. The Donald Marshall Junior Award will be presented annually to an exoneree who has shown great courage, determination, tenacity and endurance in staying the course to prove their innocence.
The evening will also feature reflections on the innocence movement by Jim McCloskey; founder of Centurion Ministries; and James Lockyer; co-founding member of Innocence Canada.
Since its inception in 1993, Innocence Canada has helped in the exonerations of 22 Canadians.  These innocent individuals combined spent more than 210 years in prison.
"Twenty-five years ago, when Innocence Canada was being formed I was sitting in a maximum-security prison for a crime I did not commit, as were many others who have since been proven innocent and released through the efforts of this fine organization. I invite all Canadians to take a moment to celebrate the remarkable achievements Innocence Canada has contributed to our nation during the past twenty-five years. The only objective of the organization has been to correct grave miscarriages of justice and to restore freedom to the victims of those terrible mistakes. The past quarter century has demonstrated the fallibility of our justice system and the continued need for an organization dedicated to correcting the worst mistakes. As a nation we should be proud of the work done to date and appreciative of the continuing efforts to catch, correct, and contain the mistakes inherent in our justice system."
Kirk Makin, Innocence Canada’s other Co-President had this to add:
"It takes many years and a tremendous amount of effort to overturn one wrongful conviction. Time and again, this organization has pulled together to make it happen. As long as the justice system remains short of perfection - and it always will - Innocence Canada will be here to help those in need."

For more information and interview requests for exonerees and Innocence Canada representatives please contact:

Win Wahrer  
1-800-249-1329 x227 416-504-7500 x 227, Cell: 416-459-2065                                                    @innocencecanada  
Issued by Stephen Weir on behalf of Innocence Canada by Stephen Weir

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Matrix Mortgage Global Ranks No. 144 on the 2018 Growth 500

Canadian Business unveils 30th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Toronto, ON (September 13, 2018) Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Matrix Mortgage Global No. 144 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’smagazine and online at and
Matrix Mortgage Global made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 610%.
“The companies on the 2018 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Deborah Aarts, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

“Matrix Mortgage Global is honoured to be recognized amongst the top growing companies in every industry sector on the Growth 500 Ranking and as the top mortgage brokerage in Canada.” says CEO, Shawn Allen. “Our success is a direct result of our Solution Based Lending approach to providing clients across Canada with private and alternative financing for real estate. The Canadian mortgage landscape has gone through many changes in our 10 years of operations. Our mandate has remained constant as a reliable source of alternative financing to Canadian homeowners.”   

About Matrix Mortgage Global

Founded in 2008, Matrix Mortgage Global is Canadas premiere mortgage brokerage with over $1.1B in mortgage originations. Matrix provides mortgage financing to Canadians by connecting private investors with borrowers who have been left out by their traditional lending institution. In 2018, Matrix was recognized by industry peers at the Canadian Mortgage Awards as the #1 Private Lending Brokerage in the country and received accolades from the Prime Minister’s Office for their service to Canadians. For more information go to

About the Growth 500

For 30 years, the Growth 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the Growth 500—formerly known as the PROFIT 500—profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth 500 is produced by Canadian Business.Winners are profiled in a special Growth 500 print issue of Canadian Business (packaged with the October issue of Maclean’s magazine) and online at For more information on the ranking, visit

Media contact:

Laura Martin
Chief Operations Officer
Matrix Mortgage Global

Issued on behalf of Matrix by Stephen Weir