City of Canmore’s New Drug Policy May Include Testing

In March, in preparation for the July 2018 national legalization of cannabis, the city of Canmore in Alberta will be voting on whether or not it will include drug testing in its drugs and alcohol policy revisions for civic employees. “We’ve covered it currently in our health and safety policy and we just want to … Continued

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The Two Sides to the Legalization of Cannabis

In preparation for the country’s legalization of cannabis slated for July of this year, cannabis producers across Canada are positioning themselves within what is expected to be a booming market. In 2017, the number of Canadians looking for jobs in the cannabis industry rose more than 320%, and many growers expect the workforce to quadruple. … Continued

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Random Testing Ordered to Stop for Teck Resources

As of January 23rd, British Columbia coal mine company Teck Resources Ltd. has been ordered by arbitrator John Kinzie to cease its random drug and alcohol testing of employees. “[Teck] apparently pulled names out of a hat somehow and would select people and then force them to go into a random drug and alcohol test,” … Continued

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Health Canada switches to mainly pharmaceutical funding

In October of last year, Health Canada announced that it would be raising the fees it charges to drug manufacturers for new medicines introduced into the market. Historically, Health Canada has used these fees to fund 50% of its operating costs in regulating prescription medication, but plans to raise this to 90% with the coming … Continued

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Lack of Information Worsens Opioid Crisis

As drug use deaths across Canada create a nationwide opioid crisis, many Canadians still don’t know how to help in the case of an overdose. In its “Opioid Awareness” survey, Statistics Canada has reported that while 4,000 people in Canada died of opioid overdose in 2017, only 25% knew how to identify the signs of … Continued

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Canadian companies worry about hazy rules around legal cannabis

Without a clear, legal definition of impairment in advance of the legalization of cannabis slated for July of this year, confusion has arisen among workplace policy writers, particularly in sectors that are not classified as “safety-sensitive.” Concern is being raised regarding the potential for decreased productivity and attendance and an increase in safety issues in … Continued

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Employee Reinstated after Positive Drug Test

On January 3rd, Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court Justice Rosalie McGrath upheld an arbitration decision to reinstate an employee who was fired after failing a drug test when a series of manifest errors occurred at the Hibernia offshore platform. The court agreed that the drug test should not have occurred, as there was no established … Continued

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Edmonton Police Brace for Cannabis Legalization

With the looming legalization date for cannabis set for July of 2018, police forces around the country are preparing to enforce cannabis-impaired driving laws. With 40 to 50 per cent of its impaired fatalities linked to drugs, and many resulting from a combination of drugs and alcohol, Edmonton’s Police Chief Rod Knecht has said that … Continued

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Toronto police chief considering drug testing for officers

After last year’s fentanyl overdose death of Const. Michael Thompson, 37, an officer working undercover in the Toronto Police Force drug squad, Police Chief Mark Saunders is considering drug testing for the city’s officers. “I don’t want to lose any officers to anything, especially drugs of any kind and if there are things that we … Continued

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