Drug and alcohol testing resulting in driver shortage

According to Chris Harvey, a top Wells Fargo analyst, federal cannabis criminalization and resulting drug testing mandates in the U.S. have served as the main cause for rising costs and worker shortages in the transportation sector. Harvey serves as head of an equity strategy at Wells Fargo Securities and had addressed this issue during a … Continued

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Employer’s ban on medical cannabis was discriminatory, says arbitrator

In December of 2021, an Ontario arbitrator ruled that an employer’s total prohibition of medical cannabis for a safety-sensitive position was discriminatory. Specifically, an Ontario labour board arbitrator had ruled that the employer, Ornge, must attempt to accommodate an aircraft maintenance engineer in Timmins who had been prescribed medicinal cannabis. The employer, Ornge Air in … Continued

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Kwanlin Dün First Nation announces new substance use programs

Earlier in February, Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Doris Bill had announced a new suite of treatment and harm reduction services to help citizens grappling with addiction. The new services will include funding for private treatment services across the country, as well as a managed alcohol program and expanded drug testing capacity at the First … Continued

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Winnipeg getting positive feedback about decriminalization

In a notice of motion introduced by two Winnipeg city councillors, Sherri Rollins and Markus Chambers, the city’s chief administrative officer (CAO) has been requested to work with the federal government on receiving an exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. In recent months, the cities of Toronto and Vancouver have already made such … Continued

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Opinion: A new approach to end the opioid crisis

A recent opinion article published by the Ottawa Sun discussed a novel approach to end the ongoing opioid crisis in Canada. The article’s authors, Natasha Touesnard, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs, Dr. Christy Sutherland, a family doctor and diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine working in Vancouver’s … Continued

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Study: Driving and cannabis

THC is now being detected in twice as many injured drivers since the legalization of cannabis in 2018, according to the results of a UBC research published in January in the New England Journal of Medicine. These findings may indicate that increasing numbers of Canadians are choosing to drive after using cannabis. “It’s concerning that … Continued

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Benzodiazepines are now ‘a major problem’ in illicit drug supply

Across Canada, provincial health experts and authorities have expressed concerns due to the growing incidence of detection of benzodiazepines in the illicit drug supply. According to the findings of a report released by the BC Coroners Service, the detection of benzodiazepines – a class of psychoactive drugs that depresses nervous system function – has been … Continued

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Yukon to declare substance use emergency

According to Yukon’s Health Minister, the Hon. Tracy-Anne McPhee, the Yukon government plans to declare a substance use emergency. CBC interviewed McPhee in January and reported that McPhee made the recommendation during a meeting held with leaders earlier in the month. McPhee explained that the goal of the substance use emergency declaration is to increase … Continued

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