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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Study: Prescription drugs increase risk of road collisions

According to the results of a new research study published in the journal The Lancet Public Health, some types of prescription medications are associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle collisions. The study aimed to investigate the risk of collision responsibility associated with common classes of prescription medications and examined health records in British … Continued

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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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