B.C. tobacco tax increases push smokers to black market, group says

B.C. tobacco tax increases push smokers to black market, group says

Rick Barnum, executive director of the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco, at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on May 19, 2022. (CTV News) Rick Barnum, executive director of the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco, at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on May 19, 2022. (CTV News)

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Celebrations, protests take place on Canada Day in Ottawa

Thousands of people wearing red and white and waiving Canadian flags packed downtown Ottawa to celebrate Canada's 155th birthday on Friday, while groups of protesters popped up around Parliament Hill to protest COVID-19 vaccines and federal restrictions.

Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill on Friday evening, as Canadians celebrated Canada's 155th birthday. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)