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1 CN ON: Every Dose A Potential KillerSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Latif, Anam Area:Ontario Lines:218 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Sally has been taking drugs since her mother introduced her to them when she was 14.

Today, the 26-year-old Kitchener woman is on methadone to curb her cravings.

But Sally, not her real name, still does illicit drugs like crystal meth.

Her drug of choice is crack but last summer while looking for a hit, she bought a "point" of fentanyl and injected it (a point is one-tenth of a gram). She doesn't want to do it again but fears it could be laced in the drugs she usually buys.

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2 CN ON: Trying To Stop A 'Tidal Wave'Sat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:193 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Five years ago, local paramedics responded to one opioid overdose a week.

Now the rate is almost two overdoses every day.

"Where does it end?" says Robert Crossan, deputy chief of the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.

The drug at the core of the crisis is fentanyl - a painkiller 80 times stronger than morphine.

It's a pain medication prescribed and taken by patients through patches.

But 'bootleg' fentanyl is coming in from China, and trace amounts - as small as grains of salt - are being mixed with heroin and cocaine sold on the streets.

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3CN ON: A Father's Emotional Open Letter About Teen Drug Overdoses InMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:O'Leary, Sean Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

In light of the recent death of popular Kanata teenager Chloe Kotval from an apparent drug overdose, and warnings from Ottawa police and Ottawa Public Health about counterfeit prescription drugs they suspect have been the cause of "recent life-threatening overdoses" in the city, on Saturday, concerned father Sean O'Leary posted an emotional Facebook message about teen drug overdoses in Kanata.

Below is the text of his message:

To all whom are concerned, As many if not all of you are aware from news reports a beautiful 14-year-old Kanata girl passed away this week as a result of a drug overdose.

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4 CN ON: Health Board Backs Moves Toward City Safe Needle SiteFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Brown, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:02/21/2017

The members of the Middlesex-London Board of Health endorsed Thursday evening a motion to take the "next steps" to set up a supervised-injection site for drug users in London.

That essentially means determining what the method will be for moving forward with the project. As part of that, there will be a public consultation before setting up any such site, including talking to the people in the chosen neighbourhood, including residents and business.

The first part of the three-pronged motion covered accepting a feasibility study. Dr. Gayanne Hovhannisyan, the acting medical officer of health, led the discussion.

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5 CN ON: Overdose Death Highlights Gaps In City ServicesSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Pagliaro, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:02/21/2017

Man, 28, died after being told downtown drop-in centre had no space for him to sleep

The fatal overdose of a 28-year-old man, who left a downtown drop-in centre he frequented after being told there was no room for him to sleep, has left his friends and community reeling and searching for answers.

The man, whom the Star is not identifying at this time without his family's permission, often stayed at the St. Felix Centre, a neighbourhood hub on Augusta Ave. where men and women can shower, enjoy meals, receive counselling and use computers.

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6 CN ON: City Wants Federal Help To Expand Naloxone ProgramSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:73 Added:02/21/2017

Life-saving overdose antidote kits not available on Sundays, public health says

The city will put off a request to distribute more life-saving anti-overdose kits until it finds out whether the provincial or federal governments will cover the cost.

The city's public health department requested extra cash in 2017 to expand distribution of naloxone, a life-saving medicine that reverses the effects of overdose on opioid drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

The city already hands out kits on request and via the needle exchange van, which travels around Hamilton during the week and on Saturdays handing out clean needles.

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7 CN ON: Region Struggles With Drugs That Claim More Lives Than CarSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:271 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - A group of parents sit around a small table. Their eyes are red from crying.

Nearby are framed photos of the children they have lost to drug overdoses. Among them are Iain Goddard, Brittany Cobbing and Austin Padaric.

Janice Walsh-Goddard didn't even know what fentanyl was when she heard it killed her son.

Iain Goddard died last May while Janice was in England on vacation. She got the call on the last day of her weeklong trip.

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8CN ON: Big Jump In Opioid Deaths Worries City Health OfficialSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Deachman, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

The arrests on Thursday of a dozen people in Ottawa believed to be involved in the trafficking of illicit opioids, coupled with the spike in recent years of drug overdose deaths in this city, underscores the need for greater public awareness, says Ottawa Public Health's manager of clinical programs.

"We follow what's happening across Canada - in Vancouver and Alberta - where they're seeing large increases in people dying from opioid overdoses," Andrew Hendriks said.

In Ottawa in 2015, there were 48 deaths from unintentional drug overdoses, a jump of 32 per cent over the previous year (the rest of Ontario saw just a six-per-cent increase in the same period). Of the 48 Ottawa deaths, 29 were the result of opioid use, of which 14 were attributable to fentanyl.

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9 CN ON: Two Charged After Police Raid Pair Of Marijuana DispensariesFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:, Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:02/21/2017

A 28-year-old man is facing drug trafficking charges after police raided his east-end Hamilton medical marijuana dispensary Tuesday.

Officers from Hamilton police's vice and drugs unit executed a search warrant at MMJ Canada - located at 146 Ottawa St. N. - around 1 p.m. and said they found about $100,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana products, including edibles.

"It was determined that the operator of this dispensary was committing the criminal acts of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and THC because they were selling or giving away marijuana or marijuana derivatives from their location," police said in a release.

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10 CN ON: A Family In TattersFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Ontario Lines:200 Added:02/21/2017

Sick Kids' flawed Motherisk hair tests have shattered many lives, but the case of a 10-year-old girl torn from her mother and left in 'legal limbo' for almost half her life was shocking even to the judge who heard the case. In his ruling, he delivered a searing indictment of a broken system and apologized for a 'perfect storm' of errors and incompetence that has left . . .

A 10-year-old girl has been in "legal limbo" for nearly half her life after she was "wrongly apprehended" from her mother who had failed a flawed drug test.

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11 CN ON: Protesters Back Hamilton Pot DispensariesThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:O'Reilly, Nicole Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:02/21/2017

City has issued cease-and-desist order and threatened fines up to $50,000

Medical marijuana dispensary owners, employees and patients gathered outside City Hall Wednesday in protest of the city's crackdown against the businesses and to call for regulation.

The rally was organized in response to "cease and desist" letters the city sent to 17 medical marijuana dispensaries last week.

The letters cited zoning infractions and come with a warning of fines up to $50,000, plus up to $25,000 per day after a conviction.

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12 CN ON: Burlington Marijuana Dispensary Raided, Pot And Cash SeizedThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Burlington Post (CN ON) Author:Whitnell, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:02/21/2017

Hamilton man charged at Harvester Road unit

A Hamilton man has been charged after police raided a Burlington business allegedly selling medical marijuana to people directly and also to those without a licence to possess it.

Members of the Halton Regional Police Services Burlington Street Crime Unit, in collaboration with City of Burlington bylaw enforcement, conducted an investigation into Budtanica Pain Relief Group operating out of 5125 Harvester Rd., Unit 1, east of Appleby Line.

Police and city officials allege the business was operating outside the city's zoning bylaws, which requires premises used for the growing, producing, testing, destroying, storing or distribution of medical marijuana or cannabis be authorized and licensed by the federal health ministry under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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13 CN ON: Column: Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Here, And It's RealTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Salvaterra, Rosana Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:02/16/2017

Last May, Ontario's minister of health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that Ontario would ensure pharmacies dispense Naloxone kits to anyone at risk of an opioid overdose. At last count, seven pharmacies in Peterborough are participating in this attempt to prevent these tragedies from occurring in our communities. People using opioids, whether prescribed or obtained illicitly, or their families and friends, can now get a free rescue drug, Naloxone, to be used in the event of a witnessed overdose. These access points are in addition to the kits that have been available through public health, PARN and Fourcast.

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14 CN ON: Waste Needles Make PointMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:02/16/2017

Volunteers clean up 1,000 discards a year in a city weighing supervised drug injection site.

Tom Cull has more than 1,000 reasons - discarded needles - for London to support a supervised drug injection site.

"We pick them up under bridges, along the watercourse, on the (river) banks, in parks," he says.

Once a month, from the beginning of April to the start of winter, he and his crew of volunteers with the Thames River Rally pick up garbage along the river in London.

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15 CN ON: Pot Dispensary Owners Holding Rally After City Bylaw CrackdownWed, 15 Feb 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:02/15/2017

Pot dispensary owners are holding a rally Wednesday in response to a crackdown by the city's bylaw department.

Pacifico Life was one of 17 dispensaries to receive a "cease and desist" letter from the city last week. Owner Tamara Hirsch says the notice - which cites zoning infractions - went to her and her landlord.

The maximum fine, it notes, is $50,000 upon a conviction, and up to $25,000 per day thereafter. And while no timeline is referenced for this, the message is clear: close up shop.

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16 CN ON: Landlord Left In LimboWed, 15 Feb 2017
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:McLaughlin, Tracy Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:02/15/2017

Maggie Reilly's rental properties were seized by government under Civil Remedies Act

Maggie Reilly may be a small woman fighting a legal battle with Goliath, but she's not going to quit.

Financially and emotionally drained after an eight-year court battle with the attorney general that had her rental properties seized under the Civil Remedies Act, Reilly insists she's going to keep fighting until a judge orders the government to give it back.

"I'm not going to lie down," said Reilly, a soft-spoken redhead who shows a glimpse of fire in her troubled blue eyes.

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17 CN ON: Letter: Inject Some GoalsSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bush, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:02/14/2017

Regarding the article "Set up safe needle site in London, study says" (Feb. 9).

If London is going ahead with safe injection sites why do we not get a doctor or nurse practitioner to run it with the goal of weaning these people off the drug?

Set it up so if they are enrolled in the program they will be safe from prosecution, and if they do not sign up for it they will be prosecuted if caught with it.

The ones signed up can sit down with the doctor when they first join and they can figure out together how much they use a day, how many times a day and how much each time. From there the doctor and addict can set up a reduction plan so that each time they come in it can be slightly reduced by so much a day for a week, and then each week after reducing again slightly.

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18 CN ON: Cops Pilot-Testing Your HighSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Hambleton, Todd Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:02/14/2017

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.

In this far-east portion of the East Region, Ontario Provincial Police Consts. Pat Dussault and Mike Roy - both with the Highway Safety Division unit - are the hands-on officers, testing two devices: a Securetec drug reader, and an Alere mobile forensic test system.

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19 CN ON: Column: Hang Drug Dealers? Readers ReactSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Gifford-Jones, W. Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:02/14/2017

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."

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20 CN ON: Neighbours Suspect Drug Activity Behind HomicidesFri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Browne, Cheryl Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:02/14/2017

Blood splatters on the door leading into second-storey apartment where two men died seem to confirm the neighbours' worst fears.

Strange comings and goings at all hours of the day and night led William Street neighbours to believe drugs were being bought or sold from their neighbour's home.

"It's very disturbing and really unfortunate," said Debra, who asked her last name not be used.

"I know it sounds cliche, but I said to my husband, 'don't you find it odd that while we were sleeping two people were being killed a few houses away?' "It's tragic." Debra grew up near the William Street home where 19-year-old Nick Pasowisty and his 51-yearold father Jayme were killed in the early hours of Wednesday.

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21 CN ON: Overdoses Raise Fear Of Fentanyl-Laced CocaineFri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Marion, Michael-Allan Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:02/14/2017

OHSWEKEN - Police say they are trying to determine whether cocaine laced with fentanyl is circulating on Six Nations after one man died of an overdose and a second man had to be rushed to hospital.

Six Nations police Chief Glenn Lickers said in a statement Thursday that an investigation has been launched to determine the source of the suspect cocaine ingested by both men.

"Investigators are trying to establish whether fentanyl was a factor in both incidents," Lickers said.

"The investigation is focused on the possibility that the suspect cocaine was contaminated with fentanyl. At present, the possibility that cocaine laced with the lethal drug fentanyl is available in our community cannot be ruled out."

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22 CN ON: RMC Blind Drug Test Called 'Good Assessment'Thu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:02/14/2017

Despite a completely clean campus always being the goal, top brass at Royal Military College are pleased with the results of a blind drug test conducted in mid-October that weren't exactly perfect.

"Having now tangible, fact-based information is really great. It gives us a good assessment of the current situation," Brig.-Gen. Sean Friday, commandant of RMC, told the Whig-Standard on Wednesday. "The whole idea of a blind drug test is so that we can get actual information to see if our [Canadian Armed Forces] drug control program at large is succeeding or not."

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23 CN ON: Probe Uncovers More Flawed Cases In Motherisk 'Fiasco'Tue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Ontario Lines:138 Added:02/11/2017

Investigators ID 24 instances of dubious testing that led to children being taken from families

A probe of child protection files involving flawed drug and alcohol hair tests performed by the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk lab has now identified 24 cases in which the results were a key factor in removing children from their families.

While that represents a fraction of the more than 500 "high-priority" child protection files the Motherisk Commission has so far examined, the number is set to rise in the coming months as an additional 1,200 cases are targeted for review.

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24 CN ON: Set Up Safe Needle Site In London, Study SaysThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:02/11/2017

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 lead researcher of a study on providing supervised injection in London did have one answer for residents still questioning the sanity of giving people a place to inject their illicit drugs.

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25 CN ON: Edu: Students Weigh In On Minimum Age For MarijuanaThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Charlatan, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Macfarlane, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:02/10/2017

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.

A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people who are 18 or older.

While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25.

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26 CN ON: Injection Sites EncouragedWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Chronicle-Journal, The (CN ON) Author:Vis, Matt Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:02/10/2017

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.

Coun. Rebecca Johnson, chair of the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, said public consultation will be required to see if there is support before any potential locations are examined.

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27 CN ON: Safe London Needle Site Study's Out TomorrowTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:02/10/2017

Amid rising HIV rates and an entrenched needle culture, London researchers will unveil Wednesday a study on the value of a supervised injection site in the city.

Researchers interviewed 200 people who are or were injection drug users to assess people's willingness to use the sites and about 20 representatives from health care, law enforcement, government and community organizations to get feedback.

"There are several general recommendations based on the results of the study," but no specific direction to any agency or organization, Western University researcher Ayden Scheim said Monday.

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28 CN ON: Core Cool To Hot-Button Pot ShopTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:02/10/2017

With legislation to legalize marijuana expected in the spring, a new player has emerged on London's increasingly crowded pot-dispensary scene.

The Chronic Hub Social Club has opened at 119 Dundas St., the first marijuana dispensary to set up shop in the city's core.

The new pot shop brings London's dispensary count to six, four of them popping up after Justin Trudeau pledged in the 2015 election campaign to legalize marijuana.

"It's just another reason to come downtown," said Charles Colvin, chief executive of the Chronic Hub. "That's what you want in your downtown core, is for people to be down there."

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29 CN ON: Pilot-Testing Your HighSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Hambleton, Todd Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:02/09/2017

SDG OPP constables among those road testing equipment that measures drug impairment

LONG SAULT - SDG OPP officers are testing cutting-edge, high-tech equipment that will eventually be used to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

In the far-east portion of the East Region, Consts. Pat Dussault and Mike Roy - both with the Highway Safety Division unit - are the hands-on officers, testing two devices: a Securetec drug reader, and an Alere mobile forensic test system.

"It's an extra tool for us," Dussault said on Friday. "Anything that helps us combat impaired driving from alcohol or drugs is welcome."

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30 CN ON: Mayor Joins Fentanyl Task ForceMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:02/09/2017

KITCHENER - Mayors from a dozen cities across Canada, including Kitchener, are on a newly formed task force to tackle the epidemic of fentanyl overdose deaths.

"I wanted to make sure we were at the table," said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. He asked to be a part of the task force at an Ottawa meeting two weeks ago of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Big City Mayors' Caucus.

The task force convenes mayors of 12 cities; Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

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31 CN ON: We Need More Naloxone, Say ParamedicsMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Laucius, Joanne Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:02/09/2017

Ontario's paramedics will be sending a message to the province's paramedic chiefs this week: we need to carry more naloxone in ambulances.

Naloxone blocks the effect of opioids on the brain, reversing the effects on breathing. It can be used in an emergency to pull a drug user who has stopped breathing from the brink of death.

Most Ontario ambulances, including those in Ottawa, carry two vials of naloxone, as well as two respirators to treat patients who have overdosed, said Darryl Wilton, president of the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa.

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32 CN ON: Pot Shop ShutteredWed, 01 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Pilieci, Vito Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:02/04/2017

Cops close down Weeds dispensary

Ottawa police quietly forced the closure of a downtown marijuana dispensary on Tuesday afternoon.

Police drew a security screen across the front window of the Weeds dispensary to prevent passersby from seeing inside, but at least two officers were visible gathering items and packing them into boxes.

Police confirmed the address for the shop, 224 Bank St., was the scene of a "police operation" but would not elaborate.

Customers, who would not disclose their identities, were taken aback by the closure, with many expressing frustration.

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33 CN ON: Pre-Trial For Pot DocWed, 01 Feb 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:02/04/2017

Hearings for Rob Kamermans have been scheduled for February

Court proceedings are taking another step toward trial this week for a former Coe Hill physician whose certificate to practise medicine was revoked in July.

Court officials confirmed what is expected to be a round of extensive pre-trial hearings is scheduled for Feb. 2 in the case of embattled former doctor, Rob Kamermans, who has been on bail since he was charged in 2012.

In July 2016, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario disciplinary committee revoked Dr. Kamermans' certificate of registration.

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34 CN ON: Stemming The Opioid Tide With NaloxoneTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:McInroy, Ian Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:02/04/2017

City firefighters are being equipped with the life-saving, anti-opioid drug naloxone as a response to the growing number of over doses happening in Barrie and across Simcoe County.

Barrie Fire and Emergency Service will be the first fire department in Ontario to administer this medication, according to Fire Chief Bill Boyes.

An overdose of opioid drugs - such as fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone or oxycodone - can cause a person's breathing to slow or stop.

"Our primary concern is always the safety and well-being of those involved in any emergency we respond to," Boyes said. "We are already attending these calls so there will be no increase in medical responses as a result of our ability to administer naloxone, (but) it will allow us to provide a life-saving intervention in a timely manner."

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35 CN ON: Workplace Ban On Medical Pot Frustrates WorkerMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:02/04/2017

WINDSOR - Joshua Jacquot says his employer won't allow him, during working hours, to take the medication he needs to cope with depression and anxiety because that medication is medical marijuana.

It's doctor-prescribed and legal, and according to the 23-year-old assembly line worker, "it seems to be the only thing that works."

But he said when he informed Ventra Assembly several months ago he wanted to take it at work, he was told, "no," to use regular prescribed drugs instead. Jacquot said he's already tried them and they don't help. He went off on sick leave in November, he said, and continues to fight, because he can't use the medication he needs at work.

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36 CN ON: Column: Evidence Supports Fight For Harm Reduction Plans 20Tue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Shoreline Beacon (CN ON) Author:Baranyai, Robin Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:02/02/2017

The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.

The momentum for supervised injection sites builds on other initiatives, including methadone treatment and a growing network of needle-exchange programs, officially around since 1989.

Harm reduction measures help decrease health risks for drug users at all stages of addiction and recovery. Measurable outcomes include reduced transmission of HIV and hepatitis C through needle sharing, fewer overdose deaths and greater access to addiction recovery supports.

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37 CN ON: City Pot Dispensaries In Regulatory Wild WestMon, 23 Jan 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Reilly, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:01/28/2017

Walking into Pacifico Health and Wellness in Westdale feels much like walking into a spa: white walls, exposed wood beams, chic lighting, and calm atmosphere.

Nevermind the fact that it's a medical marijuana dispensary.

Tamara Hirsch seems like an unlikely advocate for a controversial industry that exists in a legal grey area. The mom of two, who has blond hair and elfin looks, has opened two successful medical marijuana dispensaries in Hamilton in the past year - one on James Street North and the second in Westdale - and says she'd like to open more.

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38 CN ON: Editorial: Seeing Through The Fog On MarijuanaTue, 24 Jan 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Elliott, Howard Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:01/28/2017

It's not really anyone's fault that medical marijuana dispensaries exist in a legislative Wild West zone. Dispensing medical pot to people with the appropriate documentation is legal. Selling pot products to anyone else is still not legal.

But it will be fairly soon, once the federal government and the provinces get together and hammer out distribution channels and a host of other serious questions and issues. Canada is not yet ready for legalized marijuana. It will be soon, which is why entrepreneurs across the nation are trying to stay ahead of the game, and dispensaries are sprouting at a great rate. Hamilton has something like 15, major centres such as Toronto and Vancouver have exponentially more.

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39 CN ON: Letter: Pot Dispensaries Will Be Out Of LuckThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Rooney, George Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:01/28/2017

RE: Seeing through the fog on marijuana (Jan. 24)

Excellent article by Howard Elliott on marijuana legalization. It also reinforces my belief that marijuana dispensaries in Ontario will all be outlawed if pot is legalized.

The legalization of marijuana will not be welcome for the powerful lobbyists of pharmaceutical industries because they will lose profits. The breweries and distilleries will also lose profits because they are in charge of the "feel good" industry and don't want people buying pot instead of liquor or beer.

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40 CN ON: PUB LTE: All Dispensaries Are IllegalThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Volterman, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:01/28/2017

RE: Seeing through the fog on marijuana (Jan. 24)

Editorial chair Howard Elliott has created more fog for Spec readers. Try facts: The fact is Health Canada doesn't allow storefronts! Even licensed producers have to ship it. All "dispensaries" are illegal. Trudeau is causing havoc by not decriminalizing cannabis ... pending legislation changes.

Mark Volterman, Hamilton

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41 CN ON: Pot Raid Rattles ResidentsThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Philips, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:01/28/2017

Two Oro-Medonte men were arrested this week for growing marijuana, despite having a licence to grow

Angered over an "unjust" police raid over medicinal marijuana, two Oro-Medonte men feel victimized after being arrested at their home and taken away in handcuffs.

"We're two sick and injured people who were taken to jail," Christian Gadsden, 36, said Wednesday outside the Orillia OPP detachment, a day after police raided the Line 13 home he shares with Larry Parisien.

"It was scary, incredibly scary," said the 62-year-old Parisien, adding he suffers from a range of ailments including fibromyalgia and has been prescribed medicinal marijuana for close to seven years.

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42 CN ON: OPP Veteran Found GuiltyFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Bales, Patrick Area:Ontario Lines:122 Added:01/27/2017

Sgt. Dan Mulligan fought charges of discreditable conduct, insubordination

An OPP sergeant who stood before two professional standards bureau tribunals in the fall has found out his fate in both cases.

Sgt. Dan Mulligan, a 30-year veteran of the OPP, has been found guilty of two counts of discreditable conduct, one count of breach of confidence and one count of insubordination stemming from the two hearings. He was found not guilty on a second count of insubordination.

Supt. Greg Walton heard the case for one count of discreditable conduct and two counts of insubordination, Nov. 28 and 29 in Orillia. Walton issued his ruling Monday.

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43 CN ON: Sarnia Judge Rules Search Of Teen UnlawfulFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:01/27/2017

The search of a teenager by Sarnia police as a common practice for detained persons was ruled unlawful leading to dismissal of drug charges in Sarnia court this week. Sarnia police were raiding a family member's house in 2015 when the adult teenager was seen leaving the premise. The teenager was detained by an officer and asked if he had anything to harm an officer. The teen said he had cocaine and "weed." A search - which the officer testified was for officer safety - turned up cocaine and marijuana.

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44CN ON: Employer Balks At Medical PotFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:01/27/2017

Worker ponders taking case to human rights commission

Joshua Jacquot says his employer won't allow him during working hours to take the medication he needs to cope with depression and anxiety because that medication is medical marijuana.

It's doctor-prescribed and legal, and according to the 23-year-old assembly line worker, "it seems to be the only thing that works."

But he said when he informed Ventra Assembly several months ago that he wanted to take it at work, he was told, "no," to use regular prescribed drugs instead. He said he's already tried them and they don't help. He went off on sick leave in November, he said, and continues to fight, because he can't use the medication he needs at work.

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45 CN ON: Former Drug Usersa Experiences To Highlight City Opioid SummitThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:126 Added:01/26/2017

Safe injection sites, stronger antidote expected to be discussed during 'frank' discussion on growing crisis

For a long time, Chrissy Hawkins's drug of choice was "everything."

Hers was an addiction that started at age nine with doctor-prescribed Valium and spiralled out of control throughout her adult life.

But today, at 62 years old, she is 13 years sober and a prolific volunteer with outreach agencies including Elizabeth Fry, the Mental Health Rights Coalition and public health's needle exchange van.

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46 CN ON: Column: Another Study Finds Little Medicinal Use For PotWed, 25 Jan 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:01/25/2017

Another week, another massive study by top doctors and scientists finding limited medicinal value to marijuana. When liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I find it odd they have such a blind spot with pot.

A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - reviewed 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana and concluded there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective" for only three conditions: chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity.

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47 CN ON: Editorial: Don't Operate Outside The LawWed, 25 Jan 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:01/25/2017

Last May, when police raided illegal pot shops across Toronto, Mayor John Tory said he was worried about their alarming proliferation near schools and in residential neighbourhoods. "We cannot just have the Wild West when it comes to dispensaries cropping up on every street corner," he said.

The mayor was right at the time. Distressingly, his concerns now seem understated after police made clear this week just how dangerous these shops can be to their customers, staff and neighbours.

Clients and employees alike have been stabbed, beaten, pistol-whipped and pepper-sprayed in the course of 13 armed robberies in the past eight months at illegal pot shops. And those are just the thefts that police know about.

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48 CN ON: Column: Evidence Supports Fight For Harm Reduction Plans 14Sat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Daily Observer, The (Pembroke, CN ON) Author:Baranyai, Robin Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:01/24/2017

The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.

The momentum for supervised injection sites builds on other initiatives, including methadone treatment and a growing network of needle-exchange programs, officially around since 1989.

Harm reduction measures help decrease health risks for drug users at all stages of addiction and recovery. Measurable outcomes include reduced transmission of HIV and hepatitis C through needle sharing, fewer overdose deaths and greater access to addiction recovery supports.

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49 CN ON: Column: Evidence Supports Fight For Harm Reduction Plans 12Sat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Baranyai, Robin Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:01/24/2017

The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.

The momentum for supervised injection sites builds on other initiatives, including methadone treatment and a growing network of needle-exchange programs, officially around since 1989.

Harm reduction measures help decrease health risks for drug users at all stages of addiction and recovery. Measurable outcomes include reduced transmission of HIV and hepatitis C through needle sharing, fewer overdose deaths and greater access to addiction recovery supports.

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50 CN ON: Column: Evidence Supports Fight For Harm Reduction Plans 11Sat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Baranyai, Robin Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:01/24/2017

The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.

The momentum for supervised injection sites builds on other initiatives, including methadone treatment and a growing network of needle-exchange programs, officially around since 1989.

Harm reduction measures help decrease health risks for drug users at all stages of addiction and recovery. Measurable outcomes include reduced transmission of HIV and hepatitis C through needle sharing, fewer overdose deaths and greater access to addiction recovery supports.

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