Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Feb 2015 - The strip search of a Quebec teen at her school for drugs, by school staff, is an unjustified breach of her privacy and assault on her dignity. If school officials can defend such a move to root out a bit of marijuana, searches of body cavities can't be far behind. School boards in Manitoba and elsewhere in Canada ought to take this example of abuse of authority as a lesson in the perils of unchecked arrogance. The stripping of the teen was initially defended by Quebec's government, but now it appears it, too, has recognized the offensive nature of the search.
Vancouver 24hours, 19 Feb 2015 - Seventeen members of the Abbotsford Police Department are under investigation on 148 allegations of misconduct under the Police Act after a member of the force was arrested and charged in 2013 on allegations of falsifying information when filing search warrants in drug cases. Abbotsford Const. Christopher Nicholson was charged in May 2013 with 10 criminal counts, including breach of trust, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance. As a result of the investigation, an external police department was called in and, according to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, further allegations against Const. Nicholson as well as 16 other members of the APD (Abbotsford Police Department)."
Metro, 19 Feb 2015 - Crime. There are 148 allegations of misconduct against 17 Abbotsford officers The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner is investigating 17 members of the Abbotsford Police Department for alleged misconduct.
Winnipeg Sun, 19 Feb 2015 - A judge has reserved sentencing in a marijuana grow-op case involving a Winnipeg man who used his time in court Wednesday to admonish the government and reject the usage of his own name. Scott David Peters, who was convicted by a jury last month for operating an illegal marijuana operation out of a residence on Boyd Avenue, will now learn his fate from Judge Robert Dewar on Feb. 26.
The Chief, 19 Feb 2015 - Bryan Raiser says public reaction has been positive A storefront medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Squamish. Bryan Raiser, a former District of Squamish councillor, on Monday opened the 99 North Medical Cannabis Dispensary at 37769 Second Avenue in downtown Squamish, at the corner of Vancouver Street.
Toronto Star, 19 Feb 2015 - Quebec Outrage Young people should not be strip-searched by school officials Quebec's education minister has stepped back from defending the strip-searching of a 15-year-old girl at school. Provincial officials now say they'll review rules that were used to justify taking such an extreme measure.
Toronto Star, 19 Feb 2015 - After denying Laura Liscio was arrested in court attire, Peel officers concede it's true Peel police admit they were wrong about the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Toronto lawyer in Brampton court last week but refuse to reveal details about the false claims.
The Record, 19 Feb 2015 - Quebec Education Minister Yves Bolduc says he wants to tighten the rules surrounding the controversial practice of strip searches of students in high schools in the province. Bolduc said Wednesday that he's ordered an independent expert to look into two such cases recently in Quebec - one in the provincial capital that has caused waves this week and another in the Beauce region.
Globe and Mail, 19 Feb 2015 - Policy draws criticism after 15-year-old girl forced to remove her clothing over suspicions she was dealing marijuana Quebec's Education Minister has ordered an independent review of the province's school strip search policy after an uproar over a 15-year-old girl who was made to remove all her clothes over suspicions she was dealing marijuana.
Globe and Mail, 19 Feb 2015 - With one noticeable exception, everyone can see that a Quebec City high-school principal went too far last week when she strip-searched a student suspected of dealing pot. A female staff member held a blanket in front of the student, a girl aged 15, while the principal, also female, inspected each item of clothing as it was handed to her. The girl says she was left naked and humiliated, a version of events the school is not disputing. The story is shocking and unacceptable, made worse by the fact that the one person who doesn't see it that way is Yves Bolduc, Quebec's Minister of Education.
Lunenburg Progress Enterprise, 18 Feb 2015 - Our prime minister would have us believe that if we vote for Justin Trudeau, he will legalize cannabis. However, as far as I can see, Mr. Harper has already made cannabis legal for a very large number of Canadians. I would rather see people use cannabis than the prescription drugs that are not prescribed for them.
Toronto Star, 18 Feb 2015 - But education minister defends high school principal's actions MONTREAL - Quebec's education minister is under fire for defending high school officials who strip-searched a 15-year-old female student they suspected of selling drugs - an incident that has shocked some but appears to be well within the bounds of Canadian law.
Hamilton Spectator, 18 Feb 2015 - The province is not tracking how many inmates are overdosing in jails across Ontario. The government has no central database of this information, despite drugs being such a concern that the regional coroner is planning an inquest that will examine the overdose deaths of four inmates at the Barton Street jail.
Hamilton Spectator, 17 Feb 2015 - 'Jack' was on the right track until he slipped up. But a kind judge has faith in him On his lunch hour, Jack hustles to the courthouse to get his gold star from the judge. He's had a drug free week and the accomplishment is met with a star for his journal and a round of applause from Justice Marjoh Agro and all the lawyers, police, addiction experts and clients in the room.
Toronto Star, 16 Feb 2015 - The war on drugs has been a catastrophe that has multiplied human pain. One risks one's unincarcerated life to take illegal drugs. But people still do it. This mystery cries out to be solved. Rather than studying worthy half-measures, like legalizing medical marijuana, arresting dealers, rehab, all the things we try in this Calvinistic part of the world that deplores human weakness, British journalist Johann Hari decided to be bold. In his new book,Chasing the Scream, Hari decided instead to study the whole mess, the pain that makes people ingest anything that will fill "an inner void," and the way we punish people for suffering.
Coast Reporter, 13 Feb 2015 - Weeds Glass and Gifts, Vancouver's largest chain of medical marijuana dispensaries, is poised to open a store in downtown Sechelt - even though Sunshine Coast RCMP is "strongly encouraging" the company to reconsider its decision. "Ideally we'd like to save them all the hassle and money and tell them that this isn't something we would stand by and allow to happen in our community," detachment spokesman Const. Harrison Mohr said Tuesday.
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 10 Feb 2015 - Perhaps I would agree with legalizing marijuana use if I really believed that it is wholly for the treatment of medical issues. Some people claim that pot controls pain and makes living more comfortable. As a cure for anything, marijuana use is not proven and is therefore speculative. As a medium for creativity in the arts, pot may help that minority of the "gifted" in society, but legalization is unnecessary.
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 10 Feb 2015 - While it is convenient to brand the Liberals as pot-smoking supporters of medical marijuana, that position is only a smokescreen by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to replace reality with fiction. The Conservative's approach to marijuana is not serving anyone least of all, our children. The prime minister's approach has failed to keep marijuana out of the hands of Canadian youth.
Toronto Star, 10 Feb 2015 - Woman in Custody Fight Accused of Pot Abuse When Motherisk Delivers False-Positive Result Sarah was in the midst of a bitter child custody fight with her ex when she got drug test results she feared could tip the scales in his favour.
Vancouver Sun, 10 Feb 2015 - Re: Dispensaries can't get product legally, Feb. 3 This article further perpetuates the myth that patients and others looking to medical marijuana are forced to use unregulated and illegal dispensaries because a lack of access or "government regulations." It is simply false.