The Recorder & Times, 11 Feb 2017 - Area OPP constables among those testing equipment measuring drug impairment LONG SAULT - SDG provincial police officers are testing cuttingedge, high-tech equipment that will eventually be used to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs.
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 11 Feb 2017 - Evert Botha promises his "unwavering support" for the project, and plans to lobby to make it a reality Steps are in motion to bring a safe injection site to Prince Albert, as part of a comprehensive plan for treating infectious disease and drug addiction.
Globe and Mail, 11 Feb 2017 - In these dark days of "say anything" politics it appears that no one is immune - certainly not the 11 people elected to manage the business of Vancouver. Some context: As a reporter, I covered Vancouver City Council for about eight years - from Philip Owen to Larry Campbell to Sam Sullivan and finally to Gregor Robertson. I've watched COPE splinter, the birth of Vision Vancouver and I've seen the NPA be anything but non-partisan.
Toronto Sun, 11 Feb 2017 - Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore's solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers. A police officer in a major Canadian city writes, "Thank you for the temerity to write this column. I wonder why we have a law that says a drug is illegal, yet the law supervises injection sites to consume illegal drugs!" He adds, "Unfortunately our law makers do not have the gonads to protect citizens against flagrant abuses. Thanks for your valued columns."
Globe and Mail, 10 Feb 2017 - Mettrum, OrganiGram will now have to regularly test for potentially harmful pesticides in their product Health Canada is adding new terms and conditions to the licences of two federally regulated medical-marijuana companies caught with banned chemicals in their products, requiring them to be tested regularly to ensure they are not using dangerous pesticides that can harm consumers.
The Province, 10 Feb 2017 - I'm offended by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall's comments about giving drug addicts free drugs. Drug addicts steal to support their habits and we taxpayers, who work hard for our money, and senior citizens who are suffering on low incomes are paying for this. It isn't free, it's our tax money! And, please, I never want to hear that term, "recreational drugs." Nobody should be using unprescribed drugs and if more start dying over it the word might get out that drugs are not the thing to do!
Penticton Herald, 10 Feb 2017 - Dear Editor: Weeks ago a writer from Victoria correctly fingered the BC government as responsible for the escalating drug overdose deaths. Right assessment, wrong reason. The heroin deaths do not result from insufficient support to addicts. Conversely, the deaths result, ultimately, from the ever increasing, if unintended, provincial endorsement of this self-destructive behaviour. The patronizing acceptance of this aberration with the milksop pronouncements by Interior Heath officials and Minister Terry Lake serve only to justify and legitimatize this suicidal behaviour.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 09 Feb 2017 - Re: "Is free heroin the best route?" editorial, Feb. 7. Most certainly. After free needles are provided to citizens with diabetes, everyone gets free legal drugs that are prescribed by physicians, B.C. parks are properly funded, citizens on disability get drugs free, the E&N is fully funded so passenger trains again run, a Malahat bypass is built, highways are properly maintained, ferries are free for everyone who lives on Vancouver Island, etc.
Lethbridge Herald, 09 Feb 2017 - Several initiatives to combat opioid crisis Expanding access to life-saving naloxone to fight fentanyl overdoses across Alberta will save lives, but more still needs to be done to combat the crisis.
The Daily Courier, 09 Feb 2017 - In response to the growing drug overdose problem, Interior Health will establish a mobile overdose prevention unit in Kelowna this spring. In January, IH announced its plan to apply for an exemption from Health Canada to operate a mobile supervised injection site.
London Free Press, 09 Feb 2017 - A startling dissection of drug use in London - with the personal illnesses and public ills exposed - has laid on the table a compelling case for a supervised injection site in the city. But the sticky questions of exactly where the site or sites should go, whether the city can take the other steps necessary to make a site worthwhile, and how crystal meth and fentanyl will play a role remain unanswered.
The Calgary Sun, 09 Feb 2017 - Calgary cops are hoping the province will ante up for the nasal version of drug designed to combat fentanyl overdoses. A day after Alberta associate health Minister brandy Payne announced a ministerial order that would allow first responders to use an injectable version of naloxone, which helps control symptoms of fentanyl and other opioids, the city's police force asked the province to consider helping cover costs of the nasal variant, already in use.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 09 Feb 2017 - I find our government's action in easing access to alcohol surprising, especially in consideration of the extreme caution shown in regard to providing legal access to cannabis. Alcohol causes many deaths each year, yet regulations regarding use continue to be eased. Although we have been promised legally regulated access to cannabis, the process is extremely cumbersome and slow.
The Charlatan, 09 Feb 2017 - Carleton students shared their opinions on upcoming pot regulations, Sarah Macfarlane wrote. The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally.
Kelowna Capital News, 09 Feb 2017 - Long before a mobile injection site is approved by Health Canada, Kelowna will see a rollingoutreach unit open its doors to drug users. "We will move ahead with establishing mobile units to provide other types of services, such as outreach, opioid agonist therapy, primary care nursing and wound care," said Dr. Trevor Corneil,chief medical officer with Interior Health, explaining that these services do not need to be sanctioned by the feds.
Pique Newsmagazine, 09 Feb 2017 - Council agrees to Temporary Use Permit option Vllage of Pemberton (VOP) council, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, gave third and final reading to its zoning amendment regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. The bylaw was approved at first and second readings in January.
Langley Advance, 09 Feb 2017 - The provincial government announced a boost in funding this week for one of the organizations trying to aid addicts. Health Minister Terry Lake announced $5 million of extra funding for the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and an additional $1.9 million for ongoing operations funding.
Globe and Mail, 09 Feb 2017 - A federally licensed medical marijuana company recently caught selling cannabis that contained a banned pesticide had used the dangerous chemical on its plants as far back as 2014, which it hid from Health Canada, says a former employee of Mettrum Ltd. Thomas McConville, who worked as a grower at Mettrum from early 2014 to August, 2015, told The Globe and Mail he witnessed employees at the company illegally applying myclobutanil to plants, despite knowing the controversial pesticide - which produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - - was prohibited for use on cannabis.
The Chronicle-Journal, 08 Feb 2017 - Even though supervised injection services have been deemed feasible for Thunder Bay, many questions need to be answered before a facility - - or possibly two - can become a reality. The results of a Supervised Injection Services feasibility study were presented Tuesday. The study recommends the city consider establishing at least two sites in Thunder Bay, one in each of the north and south cores.
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Feb 2017 - Overdose deaths reach 343 in 2016 An increasing number of fentanyl overdose deaths in Alberta has prompted the government to announce new efforts to combat the opioid. Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says 343 people died from fentanyl overdoses last year - a 25 per cent increase from 257 deaths in 2015.