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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Dangerous drugs detected in Canada

Earlier in April, two dangerous and potentially-deadly drugs were found in Canada. In the first instance, carfentanil, a synthetic opioid approximately 100 times stronger than fentanyl, and 10000 times stronger than morphine, was discovered in Ottawa. In the second instance, a synthetic cannabinoid called AMB-FUBINACA was found in Kamloops, B.C. Carfentanil was detected in the … Continued

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FMCSA prepares to launch Clearinghouse database

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created a website which provides answers for frequently asked questions regarding the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a national online database which will list, in real time, the names of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who have failed drug and alcohol tests. The website lists a fact sheet … Continued

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Review: Clearing the smoke on cannabis

A research report released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction entitled “Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis – Regular Use and Cognitive Functioning” evaluates a large number of scientific studies on the effects of cannabis use on cognitive functions and intelligence. The report is the first in its series and reviews the effects … Continued

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Synthetic urine use on the rise

With more companies and organizations implementing drug testing, the market for synthetic urine is undergoing a rapid growth. Synthetic urine can be created in a laboratory using a mixture of urea, water, creatinine and/or uric acid. Urinalysis testing employs two methods called chromatography and mass spectrometry to test urine for drugs. These methods make it … Continued

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Opioid crisis update: 10,000 deaths 2016-2018

According to new data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), more than 10,000 Canadians have died from opioid overdoses over the period of 2016-2018. The findings released in the report demonstrate that the opioid crisis has affected every part of Canada, and that there are clear differences in numbers of deaths and … Continued

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NL holds up employer’s refusal to hire medical cannabis user

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador recently upheld an arbitration decision to dismiss a grievance filed by a union on behalf of an employee who was not hired for a safety-sensitive construction project position because of his use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. In the judicial review of the case, International Brotherhood of Electrical … Continued

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