Drug use prevalent, but hard to prove in family law

A recent article published by the Canadian Family Lawyer magazine has highlighted the issues surrounding confirming drug use in family law. In family law cases, recreational cannabis consumption has been treated similarly to social drinking since its legalization in October 2018. However, according to Laurie Pawlitza, partner at Torkin Manes LLP in Toronto, confirming drug … Continued

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The changing face of drinking in Canada

Despite recent data presented by Statistics Canada demonstrating that annual beer consumption has decreased among Canadians, a new industry report has shown that Canadians are not drinking less. In an instalment of “Are We Really…?” published by the Financial Post, Jake Edmiston discusses the recent trends in alcohol consumption among Canadians. The findings from a … Continued

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Two Canadians arrested in separate international drug smuggling cases

 Two Canadians have been charged with international drug trafficking, in Australia and Costa Rica, respectively. In the first case, a 26-year-old dual French-Canadian citizen was arrested in Melbourne, Australia and accused of importing $15 million worth of methamphetamine from Mexico. According to the Australian Federal Police, the accused had imported a total of 154 kilograms … Continued

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Little change expected from Alberta’s alcohol amendment

The Alberta government has recently proposed several amendments to the province’s consumption laws, lifting specific restrictions on alcohol. The rationale behind these changes is that they would make it easier for adults to drink liquor in public parks. However, according to an opinion article written by Carrie Tait for the Globe and Mail, these amendments … Continued

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Yellowknife man convicted in furanyl fentanyl case

Yellowknife resident Darcy Oake, 25, has been found guilty of planning to sell a form of fentanyl he had ordered over the dark web using Bitcoin and encrypted software in 2016. Earlier in August, a judge-only trial took place, where Oake had pleaded guilty to trafficking furanyl fentanyl, a synthetic and deadly derivative of the … Continued

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Dangerous street drugs making appearances throughout Canada

In recent weeks, police and doctors in Halifax, Saint John, Regina and Lethbridge have been reporting the discovery, and warning residents of, new and dangerous street drugs associated with overdoses and deaths.  Isotonitazene Halifax Regional Police announced discovering a new drug while carrying out multiple searches as part of their investigation in February, which resulted … Continued

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Canadians can lose Nexus pass for cannabis use

According to a leaked secret instructions document meant to be used solely among supervisors at U.S. border posts, Canadians can have their Nexus passes taken away or not granted if U.S. border guards find out about their cannabis use. According to a recent article published by Global News, a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen living on the … Continued

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8,000 violations reported since FMCSA Clearinghouse start up

Since the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has gone into effect on January 6, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reported detecting and identifying approximately 8,000 substance abuse violations. The Clearinghouse, a database containing information regarding commercial drivers’ drug and alcohol violations, currently has more than 650,000 registrants. Although the Clearinghouse … Continued

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SK Introduces use of new roadside oral fluid testing device

The Regina Police Service has recently begun using the new roadside SoToxa device to test for cannabis impairment in drivers. According to the police service, two people have tested positive for THC after the new test was implemented on February 10.   On February 13, the police service received a 911 call reporting a potentially impaired … Continued

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