News Update – Suncor dispute ends

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied the Unifor union of Suncor’s most recent appeal on the key ruling regarding random drug testing at Suncor Energy’s oilsands operations in northeast Alberta. This has been a years long proceeding, with ongoing appeals back and forth. It all started with Suncor beginning random drug testing for their … Continued

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Newfoundland makes decisions about cannabis laws

Newfoundland’s new Cannabis Control Act has established driving penalties as well as fines for underage and public use in preparation for the federal legalization of marijuana slated for Summer of 2018. “We’re making great progress and will be ready for whatever date is set,” said Justice Minister Andrew Parsons during his announcement regarding of the … Continued

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American workforce highest positive drug rate in decades

Overview Data released on May 8th at the Federal Transit Administration Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, shows that Americans are using cocaine, methamphetamine, and cannabis at higher rates than they have in more than a decade. Collected by Quest Diagnostics, the information has revealed alarming upward drug use trends in … Continued

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Random roadside testing changes

Amendment to Bill C-46 Conservative senators have led the Senate’s legal affairs committee to pass an amendment to Bill C-46 that will remove allowance for law enforcement officers to conduct random roadside testing breathalyzer tests, or mandatory screening. The 6-5 vote was dominated by five Conservative senators, with the tie breaker coming from former Liberal … Continued

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Warning labels to be applied to opioid painkillers

Legislation Implementation For the first time, Ottawa has used the regulatory power of legislation to place conditions on licences to sell medications, and has recently issued a requirement that all manufacturers of high risk, powerful opioid painkillers produce and implement a risk management plan that includes monitoring the adverse effects of drugs once they have … Continued

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DOT REMINDER: Updated CCF Forms

All DOT testing that takes place after June 30, 2018 must be done using the newest DOT Custody and Control Form which was approved on August 8, 2017. The DOT gave a grace period from the approval date until June 30th, 2018, where the old CCFs would still be acceptable, but that deadline is fast … Continued

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Medicinal cannabis use: arbitrator sides with employer

On April 30th, 2018, the Arbitrator in the Lower Churchill Transmission Construction Employers’ Association and IBEW Local 1620 dispute decided on the side of the employer and declared that it was undue hardship in terms of an unacceptable increase in safety risk if the employer was forced to put the grieving employee, who was authorized … Continued

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Trudeau doesn’t rule out delaying cannabis legalization

Less than a month away from the federal government vote on the cannabis bill, it’s looking like the legalization of cannabis across Canada will be delayed—although that isn’t being confirmed by Prime Minister Trudeau. Facing recommendations from three of the Senate committees that changes be made to Bill C-45 before its roll out this summer, … Continued

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Info review from Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse and Addiction

Since its launch in 2005, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction has produced a series of researched and reviewed articles by experts in relevant fields in an effort to target policy makers, program development personnel, researchers, educators, and health professionals and bring awareness to policies and practices around substance abuse in Canada. Each … Continued

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Report: workplace substance-use policies could help Canadians and employers

In an effort to bring awareness to workplace practices and regulations in preparation for 2018’s legalization of cannabis, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has published a report that reveals not enough Canadian companies have instituted comprehensive substance-use policies, and those that are in existence inadequately help struggling employees. The report reviewed 800 … Continued

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