Industry struggles with cannabis use

In a recent interview with CBC News, Garnet Amundson, chief executive of Calgary-based Essential Energy Services, revealed his concerns around testing for cannabis in the workplace. His company provides oilfield services to oil and natural gas producers mainly in Western Canada, and has nearly 400 employees, including 350 in safety-sensitive roles in the oilpatch. One … Continued

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Canadians share second place for cocaine use

According to the newest findings published by Global Drug Survey, an independent research company based in London, Canadians are some of the world’s most frequent cocaine users. The survey included more than 130,000 people in 36 countries, and included 1,960 Canadians. The survey asked participants how many days they used cocaine in the last 12 … Continued

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Vaccine against fentanyl shows promise

A recent scientific study evaluating the effectiveness of a new vaccine targeting fentanyl addiction has shown promising results. The study was published in the journal Neuropharmacology, and involved the use of a fentanyl antigen (a molecule that causes the production of specific antibodies) combined with a tetanus vaccine, and was carried out in rats. According … Continued

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CSA to create standards for cannabis impairment

The CSA Group has revealed that it is currently working on a new standard for recognizing cannabis impairment in the workplace which is to be released in the spring of 2020. The announcement was made at the Partners in Prevention Health and Safety Conference and Trade Show held in Mississauga in April. The new standard … Continued

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Survey: Canadians uncertain about cannabis

The results of a new survey carried out by researchers at Dalhousie University show that the attitudes of Canadians towards recreational cannabis have changed since 2017, with its legalization on October 17, 2018. The survey involved collecting responses from a total of 1,051 adults in April, and was designed to follow up on a 2017 … Continued

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Second Canadian sentenced to death for drug smuggling in China

A court in China has sentenced Fan Wei to death for producing and trafficking methamphetamine. Wei is the second Canadian sentenced to death this year, and his verdict was announced amid escalating tensions between Canada and China over the arrest of a Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, in December 2018. According to the statement released by … Continued

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The impact of cannabis legalization on employers 6 months later

A recent article in Canadian HR Reporter examines the workplace concerns around legalization of cannabis 6 months after its implementation. According to Jason Fleming, strategic adviser at Cannabis at Work, in Toronto, the hype associated with the legalization of cannabis in Canada was “overblown.” “A lot of time and attention and paranoia and fear existed … Continued

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Legalization: Has it impacted the black market?

Since the legalization of Cannabis on October 17, 2018, many Canadian experts have been carefully observing the consequences in order to evaluate its efficacy in decreasing drug trafficking by organized crime. Business columnist Don Pittis discussed insights acquired from legalization of cannabis which could be extended to legalizing other drugs in a recent article published … Continued

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Importance of reasonable suspicion training

A Vancouver employer recently learned that testing an employee for drug impairment on top of alcohol impairment without a reasonable cause is not allowed. On March 13, 2017, a unionized employee “C.L.” working in a safety-sensitive position at Vancouver Drydock Co. reported for work as a labourer smelling of alcohol, but did not display any … Continued

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Canada’s hidden issue with fetal alcohol syndrome

A recent article published in the National Post examines the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Canada, concluding that the existing underlying drinking problem among women needs to be addressed. FASD is an general term used to describe a range of effects which can result from drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and can have … Continued

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