Will Toronto allow drinking in parks?

At the end of May, the city of Edmonton launched a pilot project approved by city council to permit alcohol consumption in some river valley parks from May 28 to Oct. 11, 2021, and Toronto’s Coun. Josh Matlow thinks Toronto should follow in their footsteps. There are a total of 47 picnic sites throughout Edmonton’s … Continued

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B.C. researchers develop new software to reduce adverse drug events

Researchers at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia have developed new software to decrease the risk of adverse drug events (ADEs). These harmful and unintended consequences of medication contribute to almost two million emergency department visits annually in Canada. The new software is called ActionADE and was designed to document ADEs and … Continued

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Toronto public health recommends decriminalization of drugs

According to the recommendations published in a report released by Toronto Public Health in the beginning of June, Toronto should form a working group that includes police and individuals with the relevant experience to develop a proposal for the federal government to decriminalize drug possession. The report was created as part of the city’s drug … Continued

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Saskatoon police commissioners discusses drug decriminalization

Earlier in May, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners held a meeting to discuss decriminalization of drugs in the province in order to address the overdose crisis. Since 2019, there have been at least 575 deaths linked to illicit drug overdose in the province. According to police commissioner Kearney Healy, street drugs are becoming more … Continued

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‘Pink down’ causing overdoses in Winnipeg

In a recent CBC News article, Trudy Monias, a Winnipeg woman who has survived after using a fentanyl-based street drug but couldn’t save her friend from overdose-related death, has spoken out to warn others about substances referred to as ‘pink’ and ‘purple down.’ According to Monias, her own drug and alcohol use is related to … Continued

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Opinion: “Vancouver Model” of decriminalization sets dangerous precedent for drug users

A recent open letter authored by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and published by The Mainlander, has spoken out against the “Vancouver Model” of drug decriminalization, calling it dangerous for drug users across Canada. Specifically, VANDU takes issue with the fact that Vancouver City staff have created the “Vancouver Model”, which is … Continued

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Proof of vaccination may be required for new hires

With recent rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines ramping up and employers gearing up for their staff to return to the office in the fall, many employers are questioning whether they are allowed to require new hires to show proof of vaccination. According to a blog article published by the Atlantic law firm McInnes Cooper, since the … Continued

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Edmonton allows park drinking

A new pilot project launched May 28 in Edmonton has allowed people to drink alcohol in designated park areas. The project, which was approved by Edmonton city council, will make it legal for people to drink in 47 designated sites in seven parks in the river valley. The test will run until Oct. 11, after … Continued

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Anishinaabe Nation asserts sovereignty and passes law on alcohol use

Earlier in May, a traditional Anishinaabe law on alcohol possession came into effect in Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario – a move that demonstrated a clear departure from provisions under the federal Indian Act that prohibit alcohol on First Nations across Canada. Accordingly, this action also asserts the inherent jurisdiction and sovereignty of Grassy Narrows, … Continued

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