The Burnaby Now, 12 Aug 2016 - Our hearts go out to the mother of 16-year-old Gwynevere Staddon, found dead of a suspected overdose in a Port Moody Starbucks on Sunday. The coroner has not confirmed fentanyl as the cause, since the tests take a while, but Gwyn's mom, Veronica, strongly suspects that's what took her daughter's life.
Abbotsford News, 12 Aug 2016 - Braun says too early to say if safe injection site desired As communities around British Columbia continue to see startling numbers of opioid overdoses, Abbotsford council will discuss ongoing harm-reduction policies in the city this fall, Mayor Henry Braun said.
The Record, 12 Aug 2016 - TORONTO - Three years after sparking a firestorm of controversy, a notorious video featuring Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine was made public on Thursday, a move that angered the late Toronto mayor's family and drew mixed reactions from the public. The so-called "crack video" was released after the conclusion of a court case involving Ford's friend and driver Alexander (Sandro) Lisi, who faced an extortion charge related to efforts made to retrieve the clip.
Nelson Star, 05 Aug 2016 - Stacey Lock has been working in the harm reduction tent at Shambhala Music Festival for eight years now, but she's never seen the party scene like this before. According to her the province-wide fentanyl emergency has everyone on edge, including the festival's organizers. "It's really affecting the party scene because it's changing the climate. It's getting sketchy. Not too long ago it felt like you could know what you were doing and if you didn't know we could tell you," Lock, who is the festival's harm reduction director, told the Star.
New York Times, 05 Aug 2016 - RIONEGRO, Colombia - Like many drug barons in Colombia, Federico Cock-Correa wants to sell his product globally. Just 15 miles outside Medellin, Mr. Cock-Correa is looking to replace vast acres of flowers with marijuana plants, with plans to export the harvest. But unlike the brutal heroin and cocaine trade that once flourished nearby, his operation has the government's stamp of approval.
Portland Mercury, 04 Aug 2016 - For One Whole Day IT WAS the mid '80s, and I was living in the jewel of Northern California: Sacramento, where the only culture was the agriculture. I was doing my time in high school, trying to sort out all the things that go on during those golden years, particularly trying to figure out what was "cool." And that included cannabis.
Sun.Star Cebu, 03 Aug 2016 - IN HIS first State of the Nation Address (Sona), among the memorable lines that President Rodrigo Duterte said was, "human rights must work to uplift human dignity. But human rights cannot be used as a shield or an excuse to destroy the country-your country and my country." Michael Moore, the American documentary filmmaker and author known for his critique of the current state of American politics, economics and culture, featured dealing with drug addiction in his production "Where to Invade Next," which is premised on the idea of identifying and "stealing great ideas" of other countries that could be brought back to the United States-hence the notion of invasion, but minus the violence that it usually entails.
Toronto Star, 31 Jul 2016 - Women launch court challenge, saying commission meant to help them has shut them out of process Three mothers who claim that their children were removed from their care as a result of faulty drug and alcohol hair tests at Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk laboratory have gone to court to call out what they see as a lack of transparency at the commission set up to review their cases.