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It was the moment that changed his life, so much so that he now visits the region six times a year.

Michael Waring, chief executive of Galileo Equity Advisors, came across dire poverty for the first time when he was on a research trip to China in 1998. “We were near the Great Wall and a five year old was trying to sell us postcards and brochures. She was in rough shape,” said Waring, who decided he “had to do something in Asia.”

In those early days, Waring was largely involved with sponsoring children through regular payments.

A decade later, while again on a business trip, Waring visited Cambodia and reached the same conclusion: “I had to do something. The country has great potential because of its youth (60 per cent of the population is under 25) but if they don’t get an education, there’s no future.”


Waring built two schools, both equipped with solar panels, libraries and computer labs: The first is for kids from kindergarten to Grade Six; the other for kids in Grades Seven to Nine. More than 700 kids attend the schools in the Siem Bap region.

In 2009, Waring visited Vietnam. “If the world was ending, I wanted to see the minority kids in Sa Pa, an area in northwest Vietnam,” he said. He noted living conditions for the Hmong people “are probably worse than in Cambodia,” largely because of the cold winters, inadequate housing and sanitation.

“If lucky they may get protein twice a month. The kids are neglected.”

Waring has since built 23 houses in that part of Vietnam and supported the education of five girls all of whom are halfway through college in Hanoi.

In the adjacent Ha Giang province, Waring has also been busy with building kindergartens, schools, foot bridges as well as providing livestock for families — as part of an eight-year commitment he made to the region.

Charity and partners

To help with all the organization, in 2011 Waring formed Kids in Class, a charity whose mission is “working to improve the lives of children in developing countries.” He funded the organization with $2 million, profits made from an investment in a private oil and gas company. He teamed up with Plan International Canada, an international development organization that spent more than $150 million on international programs in 2016.

Plan determines the priorities based “on the children but especially girls,” who are the focus of Kids in Class.

“They have the worst deal,” said Waring, adding working with Plan International means the money flows directly to the projects with no leakage.

He also teamed up with TD Waterhouse Private Giving Foundation (home to about $300 million of assets) which manages the investments. Income earned by the endowment (about $100,000 a year) is earmarked solely for Plan Canada.

“We don’t spend any of the principal. The idea is for the charity to go on long after I am gone,” said Waring, whose ability to do more would be improved by a stronger Canadian dollar.

Waring will soon be returning to Cambodia to build community projects near the schools. “We will be working on clean sanitation and clean water. In supporting the community, we have to ensure the kids are healthy and can go to school.”

So, what’s his motivation? “As a parent, I feel a responsibility to these children who were born into a different world. I have two children who were lucky enough to be born in Toronto.”

As well Waring gets enormous satisfaction from the hundreds of photographs, mostly of young kids on the way to school, at school, or at play, that are housed on his trusty ipad.

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Joints are displayed for sale during the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on April 20, 2017.

VICTORIA — British Columbia has become the latest province to outline its plan for regulating recreational marijuana, announcing Tuesday that pot sales would be allowed through both public and private stores to buyers who are at least 19 years old.

The age of consumption, purchase and possession of marijuana will be consistent with alcohol and tobacco laws, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in a news release.

The government wants to protect young people, prioritize health, keep criminals out of the industry and maintain road safety, he said.

Almost 50,000 residents and 141 local and Indigenous governments made submissions during a provincial government consultation period ahead of the federal government’s legalization of non-medical cannabis in July.

‘Made-in-B.C. approach’

“We will continue to consider your opinions as we further develop policy and legislation that is in the best interests of this province, ensuring a made-in-B.C. approach to the legalization of non-medical cannabis,” Farnworth said.

The Alliance of Beverage Licensees, which represents B.C.’s private liquor industry, applauded the decision to give the government’s liquor distribution branch responsibility for warehousing and distributing non-medical cannabis.

A woman smokes a joint during the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on April 20, 2017.

Chief executive Jeff Guignard said the decision is the most efficient and cost-effective way to meet the federal government’s July deadline for legalization.

“We believe our decades of experience retailing a controlled substance safely … and our demonstrated history of complying with a rigorous enforcement and inspection regime make us uniquely suited to retail adult-use recreational cannabis in B.C.,” Guignard said.

The move also won support from the union representing workers at the liquor distribution branch.

Concern about impact on young people

A report released along with British Columbia’s announcement says many people expressed concern about the impact of cannabis on brain development for those under 25.

“Many of those who commented advocated for public awareness initiatives to educate youth, young adults and parents about the potential impacts of cannabis use on the developing brain,” the report says.

There were also polarized views on drug-impaired driving. Some want zero tolerance while others said cannabis doesn’t impact the ability to drive, the report says.

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“Most of these individuals preferred to see the existing dispensaries and their supply chain legitimized, licensed and regulated,” it says.

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