The Record, 02 Feb 2016 - TORONTO - Hundreds of adoptions have been put on hold in Ontario as a provincially appointed commission reviews child protection cases involving flawed drug tests. The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies said Monday between 200 and 300 cases have been flagged for review because they involved a now discredited program that used hair analysis to test for drug and alcohol use.
Metro, 02 Feb 2016 - Dispensary serving up Tasty Buds in Cole Harbour At the municipality's newest medical marijuana dispensary, a mixture of Nova Scotia-themed and marijuana-themed art hangs on the walls, and the faint smell of fresh cannabis fills the air.
The Link, 02 Feb 2016 - A Speculative Look at a Canadian Cannabis Policy With a federal government elected on a platform of legalizing cannabis, Canada stands to set an example on the international stage by being the first G7 country to fully regulate the production, sale and possession of a plant that has been at the heart of so much controversy-frankly, it's about time.
Carstairs Courier, 02 Feb 2016 - Trudeau and the Liberal Party's campaign promise to legalize marijuana might not materialize any time soon, if at all. Internationally, drug policies largely remain regressive and repressive control mechanisms that are apparently hell-bent on further fuelling drug-related violence by empowering criminal cartels. So any attempt to take progressive steps away from the monumental failure known as prohibition will face resistance from the UN over international law.
Kamloops This Week, 02 Feb 2016 - With unlicensed marijuana dispensaries popping up in urban areas and thousands of unregulated medical licences for home growing still in legal limbo, the Trudeau government is starting work on its promise to legalize recreational use. Marijuana was a media darling in the recent election, but meeting in Vancouver with provincial ministers last week, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott found herself preoccupied with issues deemed more urgent.
The Western Star, 01 Feb 2016 - The Flat Bay Band Inc. is working on a project to develop a native addictions treatment centre in consultation with Memorial University and a local steering committee. The project got underway in November 2015 and is expected to wrap up in November of this year with a manuscript on the scope and nature of the treatment centre, recommendations on site locations and draft plans.
Richmond Hill Post, 01 Feb 2016 - Torontonian starts petition, runs for trustee in effort to protect children from marijuana legalization After the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, marijuana legalization was a given. It was coming, the only thing left were the details. And this is what concerns Toronto native Sharon Kerr. She wanted to make sure that any marijuana sales was located far from schools and started a petition to drive home her point, www.puttingstudentsfirst.ca .
The Daily Press, 01 Feb 2016 - It was a full-house at the Timmins Public Library on Saturday afternoon as 40 youngsters celebrated Daren the DARE Lion's 20th birthday. The lion is the mascot for the Timmins Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, which also marked 20 years of serving the community at the event on Jan. 30.
Globe and Mail, 30 Jan 2016 - Canada's producers of medical marijuana are sitting on a seven-tonne stash of weed, with the inventory steadily growing as supply exceeds demand in the legal system, according to the most recent Health Canada numbers. Health Canada is currently studying 401 new applications for licences to produce cannabis for medical use, on top of the 27 firms that are currently in production across the country. In addition, the department is receiving about two new demands for licences a week, Health Canada spokesman Sean Upton said.
North Bay Nugget, 30 Jan 2016 - It's A 'Win-Win Situation' For Mother and Child They're coming into this world shaking and trembling, irritable and having a difficult time settling. Babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are some of the North Bay Regional Health Centre's smallest and most vulnerable patients.
The Record, 30 Jan 2016 - WATERLOO REGION - Drug users who think they are buying cocaine or heroin may be also getting bootleg fentanyl, which is being blamed for overdoses across the country. In Waterloo Region, six overdoses were reported in Cambridge and Kitchener from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26. One person died.
Quesnel Cariboo Observer, 29 Jan 2016 - Though it was an election promise, Justin Trudeau's Liberals aren't going to be able to legalize marijuana overnight. In fact, the legalization of pot might take longer than the four years they are guaranteed before the next federal election in Oct. 2019.
Toronto Sun, 29 Jan 2016 - The hits just keep coming for Toronto cops. The already low morale among police officers was dealt another blow Thursday with the news that four of their colleagues are charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.
Guelph Mercury, 29 Jan 2016 - It seems like only yesterday Ontarians were faced with the news that, after many years, the sex education curriculum in public schools was getting a much needed revamp. Imagine if you will, in an alternate reality, that this new curriculum contained a directive to teach students that masturbation led to blindness. In 2016, we would collectively consider this absurd. We would identify this as blatant attempt to frighten students from seeking out any sexual encounters in the vain hope that they will put any ideas of sex from their minds indefinitely.
The Daily Courier, 29 Jan 2016 - Police roll out automatically to many 911 emergency calls involving overdoses. That scares people on the scene of the overdose, particularly young people. So they hesitate, or avoid making the call. So a lot more young OD cases die than would if they got prompt attention from emergency responders. That's one of the premises a coroner's death review panel mentions after looking at five years' worth of overdose deaths involving people under 23 years of age. Various other studies have suggested that as a factor, but the panel said it's unknown whether it applies directly in the cases under review.
Toronto Sun, 29 Jan 2016 - $5B in taxes on weed: Report OTTAWA - Call it Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's secret stash. A new report from CIBC World Markets says Canada's federal and provincial governments could reap as much as $5 billion annually in tax revenues from the sale of legal marijuana.
Toronto Star, 29 Jan 2016 - Attempted murder, deceit, collusion, perjury, obstructing justice and something else that won't be revealed until a disciplinary tribunal in March. These are your cops, Toronto. "It certainly has been an anomaly week for our service," said Police Chief Mike Saunders, confirming the latest charges Thursday. And you've got to feel some sympathy for the guy, who's barely had a moment's peace since he got the top job. Const. James Forcillo: Guilty of attempted murder in the six rounds he fired at the already dying teenager Sammy Yatim.
Sudbury Star, 29 Jan 2016 - Four officers charged with perjury, obstruction of justice TORONTO - Four Toronto police officers have been charged with obstruction of justice and perjury after allegedly providing false testimony in court.
Brampton Guardian, 29 Jan 2016 - Data from a recent survey by Peel's health services department suggests more youth are using illicit drugs than lighting up cigarettes and young drivers may be more likely to get behind the wheel of a car stoned than drunk. The data comes from results of a 2013 survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Guelph Mercury, 29 Jan 2016 - OTTAWA - Call it Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's secret stash. A new report from CIBC World Markets says Canada's federal and provincial governments could reap as much as $5 billion annually in tax revenues from the sale of legal marijuana.