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Independents want same-sex union ballot

Independents want same-sex union ballot

| 25/08/2016 | 83 Comments

(CNS): All of the independent MLAs sitting on the opposition benches have signed and supported a private members motion moved by Anthony Eden calling on government to hold a referendum on the recognition of same-sex unions in local law before the 2017 General Election. None of the five members are in support of lawful gay […]

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New official takes over voting register in West Bay

New official takes over voting register in West Bay

| 24/08/2016 | 10 Comments

(CNS): As the Elections Office immerses itself in preparations for the Cayman Islands’ first general election under the system of ‘one man, one vote’ in single member constituencies next year, a new registering officer has been appointed in West Bay. Bethany Powery-Ebanks has replaced 20-year election veteran Darlene Owens-Elliott. The new officer will need to […]

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Drugs law draft allows for cannabis extracts

Drugs law draft allows for cannabis extracts

| 22/08/2016 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Government has published the much-anticipated changes to the Misuse of Drugs Law to provide for the importation and dispensing of cannabis oil under prescription by a doctor for medical purposes. The public now has more than 21 days to comment on the amendment before it is excepted to be debated in the Legislative Assembly […]

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Coles to chair new civilian-loaded ACC

Coles to chair new civilian-loaded ACC

| 19/08/2016 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Following changes to the law paving the way for the Anti-Corruption Commission to be made up of civilians rather than public officials, which the legislation was designed to keep in line, the governor has finally appointed a new commission. The group of lawyers and finance experts will be chaired by Richard Coles and include […]

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CIG keeping lid on immigration report

CIG keeping lid on immigration report

| 19/08/2016 | 62 Comments

(CNS): A freedom of information request made by a CNS reader for a copy of the review of government’s immigration policy and the new points system for assessing permanent residency applications has been refused as government is maintaining that the document is covered by legal privilege. Issues surrounding immigration, one of the most controversial areas […]

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Law paves way for environment priorities

Law paves way for environment priorities

| 15/08/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The last two crucial parts of the National Conservation Law came into effect on Monday when the environment minister announced its implementation, which will finally see environmental considerations given lawful weight in government decision-making. With the commencement of Parts 5 and 7, critical public agencies and entities, such as the Central Planning Authority, are […]

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Election door-to-door campaign ready to roll

Election door-to-door campaign ready to roll

| 15/08/2016 | 33 Comments

(CNS): With 18,457 people registered to vote in Cayman, according to the latest register, officials from the Elections Office are about to begin a door-to-door campaign on all three islands, beginning with Grand Cayman, in an effort to encourage those who are entitled to vote in the general elections next May to register and to […]

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Cannabis oil legislation faces hurdles

Cannabis oil legislation faces hurdles

| 11/08/2016 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The government has said that it plans to bring three pieces of legislation to the next meeting of the country’s parliament to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis oil but there are still a number of hurdles to overcome. Premier Alden McLaughlin, who holds the health portfolio, has said that questions remain about how […]

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Premier takes aim at anti-GM activists

Premier takes aim at anti-GM activists

| 10/08/2016 | 57 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands premier has called on the local activists, led by Dwene Ebanks, who challenged the government’s decision to allow the Mosquito Research and Control Unit to release bio-engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to reveal who backed the attempts to stall the project. Taking aim at those involved, Alden McLaughlin said many of those […]

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Premier denies delay over cannabis oil laws

Premier denies delay over cannabis oil laws

| 08/08/2016 | 57 Comments

(CNS): The government has denied any delay in paving the way for the medical use of cannabis oil, following concerns that patients have been waiting more than nine months for the promised legislation. Premier Alden McLaughlin said officials have only been working on the necessary legal amendments since May, in the face of some opposition […]

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Much-needed cannabis oil stalled by CIG

Much-needed cannabis oil stalled by CIG

| 08/08/2016 | 40 Comments

(CNS): A local woman with cancer was told by government more than nine months ago that legislation would be amended to enable her to import cannabis oil to ease her suffering, but she is still waiting. Despite public declarations by the premier in May during his budget address that this was a “matter of urgency” […]

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