Improvements needed to detect cannabis impairment in drivers

A new study by researchers at McGill University published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that significant improvements are needed in Canada to detect cannabis impairment among drivers. Specifically, the study results show that improvements are needed to ensure public safety and protect the rights of legal cannabis users. The results of the research … Continued

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Alberta court upholds random drug and alcohol testing

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has recently issued a decision on Phillips v. Westcan Bulk Transport Ltd, upholding a non-unionized employer’s use of random drug and alcohol testing in Alberta for safety sensitive positions. This decision provides further clarity and guidance regarding express employee agreement on random drug and alcohol testing. Specifically, the court … Continued

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New app tested in Ontario to prevent overdoses

Healthcare providers across Canada are now testing an app designed to reduce overdose-related deaths. The mHealth app, originally created by Lifeguard Digital Health based in Vancouver, was released in May 2020 in British Columbia through the Provincial Health Services Authority and regional healthcare providers. Since its release, B.C. officials have stated that it has been … Continued

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Canadian trafficking networks brought down

Earlier in April, the RCMP reported making the largest cocaine seizure in Manitoba’s history, while disrupting a major international drug trafficking network that transported drugs into the province through Ontario. On April 5th, a total of 81 kilograms of cocaine was seized, with an estimated street value of $7.6 million, along with $1.5 million in … Continued

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Thousands of cannabis plants seized in recent drug raids

According to Oxford County OPP, thousands of illegal cannabis plants were seized in a recent raid that resulted in 10 people being charged. According to a recent tweet by the Oxford County provincial police, officers searched a commercial address on Spruce Street in Tillsonburg on April 8. Street crime units, including Brant, Middlesex, Haldimand-Norfolk OPP … Continued

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Ontario sees two large drug seizures

In recent weeks, two large drug seizures took place in Ontario. Earlier in March, two searches in Sudbury at two separate residences have resulted in the seizure of drugs suspected to include cannabis, methamphetamine pills, hydromorphone pills, cocaine and psilocybin. In addition, the OPP seized three firearms with ammunition, vehicles, drug paraphernalia, surveillance equipment and … Continued

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Study looks at impact of cannabis use on road accidents

Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in October of 2018, a number of regulatory and public health measures have been implemented to prevent cannabis-impaired driving. Despite ongoing studies and data collection and analysis by Statistics Canada, the association between the use of legal recreational cannabis and incidence of impaired driving is still unclear. A recent … Continued

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New alcohol drinking guidelines to be released by 2022

Earlier in March, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) launched a six-week public consultation as part of its plan to update its existing guidelines for the safe consumption of alcohol. The original guidelines, titled ‘Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines’ were first released by CCSA in 2011 in order to help Canadians make … Continued

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