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1CN AB: Body Scanner Targets Inmate ContrabandThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Alam, Hina Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Remand Centre hopes technology cuts in-custody overdoses, boosts staff safety

Edmonton Remand Centre inmates will go through an electronic body scanner to counter the smuggling of increasingly toxic drugs and other contraband into the lockup.

The scanner, similar to those used by airport security, takes a full body X-ray. The remand centre, which showed off the new equipment Wednesday, is the first correctional facility in Alberta to test the technology.

New inmates, transferred inmates and inmates suspected of having contraband will be put through the scanner, said Ken Johnston, security director of the remand centre, which houses about 1,500 people in custody awaiting trial.

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2 CN BC: Tougher Charges For Fentanyl Dealers Not The Answer: ExpertsThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:117 Added:10/20/2017

Health and legal experts are urging caution about the idea of charging fentanyl dealers with manslaughter, saying such a move would do little to deter sellers and could instead punish those who are already struggling with substance-use disorders.

B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth mentioned the idea to reporters at an unrelated event last week, saying it was raised at a recent meeting of federal and provincial public safety ministers.

"We strongly believe that if you're dealing fentanyl, you're dealing death, and you should be facing much more severe penalties such as manslaughter charges," Mr. Farnworth said.

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3CN QU: Preventing ODs: Coalition Decries 'Systemic Barriers'Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Fidelman, Charlie Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

With just enough methadone to last the trip home to Montreal, Melodie was in a panic that she'd missed her flight. She was in Paris, and her supply of prescription methadone, a medicine that helps lower cravings and withdrawal symptoms caused by opiate use, was about to run out. Without it, she worried about a relapse, going into the street in desperation, and doing something dangerous for a fix.

But an online search brought her to a Parisian mobile health clinic. And they welcomed her. They gave her the methadone that she needed to stay sober. There was no bureaucracy, no delay, and no prescription signed by someone in authority - just instant help.

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4 CN ON: Mix Of Medicial And Illegal Pot Brings FineThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:10/20/2017

After admitting the medicinal pot in his possession had been illegally supplemented by some non-medicinal pot, a Sarnia man again pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug possession - but to a different judge.

These "additional facts" temporarily put to rest a legal conundrum and likely a Canadian first - whether a lawful prescription becomes unlawful due to use - that delayed a decision on the drug possession charge originally expected in August.

Anthony Francis Barr, 27, of St. Clair Township near Sarnia, had previously pleaded guilty to both driving while impaired and to possessing marijuana. While convicted and fined $1,000 for the impaired driving charge by Justice Mark Hornblower, Barr's prescription for marijuana to deal with an anxiety condition made the possession charge hazier.

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5CN BC: Money-Transfer Business Facing Laundering ChargesThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Cooper, Sam Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Criminal charges have been laid against Silver International Investment, a money-transfer business that RCMP allege was involved in money laundering, had ties to underground banking and used suspected drug cash to fund Chinese VIP gamblers in B.C. casinos.

During the RCMP's so-called E-Pirate probe, Mounties allege they uncovered $500 million-plus from a Richmond money-laundering service that they said handled up to $1.5 million a day.

"The Public Prosecution Service of Canada can confirm that charges have been laid against Caixuan Qin, Jian Jun Zhu, and Silver International Investments Ltd. in relation to Project E-Pirate," spokeswoman Nathalie Houle said Wednesday in an email. "We have no other information to provide at this time."

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6CN AB: A Magnet For Crime, Drug Use, Critics WarnThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Supporters of Edmonton's Chinatown and urban community league members say they 're disappointed with the Ottawa's approval of four supervised drug consumption sites in the city's core.

"We feel that it's an extremely unfair decision, and not well-informed," Michael Lee, chairman of the Chinese Benevolent Association, said Wednesday.

"The basic rights of some communities (were) totally ignored."

Alberta Health announced Wednesday that its federal counterpart had approved three supervised injection sites in Edmonton's downtown core and supervised consumption services for inpatients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

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7CN AB: Inner City To Host Four Supervised Injection SitesThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Gerein, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Alberta's first supervised drug injection sites will open within months at four locations in Edmonton's inner city after receiving approval from Health Canada, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

Proponents hailed the news as a "long overdue" step that will save lives and direct more addicts into treatment.

The goal is to get three community sites open by late December or early January, while a fourth facility at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is anticipated to open sometime in the spring of 2018.

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8CN BC: OPED: Rethink Our Approach To Opioid BattleThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Novotna, Gabriela Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Thirteen Canadians a day were hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information, and the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily rising.

What began with the over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller once thought to have a low potential for addiction, led to the diversion of legal drugs to the illegal market, and later to the dramatic expansion of the illegal production of fentanyl.

As the horror stories of addiction and death multiply, it is clear that what was once a medical issue is now a population-health crisis.

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9 CN ON: LTE: Pot Shops, Injection Site Snub Rule Of LawTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Warren, Sue Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:10/20/2017

When did Ottawa become such an unlawful city? I can't believe that illegal pot shops and injection sites are allowed to operate. Why do the police and the city not have the gumption to shut them down?

What about taxpaying residents who want safe access for their families to this park? Their rights are being violated by the very people who are supposed to protect them. This is not right.

Sue Warren, Ottawa

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10 CN BC: LTE: Opioid Deaths Rising, Yet Drug Use ToleratedTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Sheldon, Chris Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:10/20/2017

Last week, it was announced that opioid deaths have already exceeded last year's numbers, and the trend continues to point to an increasing use.

Yet we open "incite" places to shoot up and open shelters where drug use is rampant. As long as society tolerates and supports this lifestyle, can there really be any other outcome?

Burnside Gorge Community Association has said enough, but Victoria city council approved another shelter, ignoring the voters. Drugs will destroy lives and communities unless there is concerted effort to outlaw their use and stop enabling users.

Chris Sheldon

Victoria

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11Canada: Canadian Marijuana Firms In U.S. Warned Of DelistingTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Zochodne, Geoff Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

An alliance of Canadian securities regulators said Monday that it expects domestic companies with marijuana dealings in the United States to give their investors a good idea of the potential risks of doing drug business south of the border, which could now include the possibility of being delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"We expect issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S. to address the current legal and regulatory environment in their disclosures, including any risks that result from changes in the approach to enforcement of U.S. federal law," Louis Morisset, chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators, said in a press release.

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12CN BC: UBC Will Offer Fentanyl Antidote Training ProgramTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Students to learn to detect overdoses and reverse them using naloxone kits

The University of B.C.'s Alma Mater Society is organizing mass training events to teach students to recognize and reverse drug overdoses amid a devastating provincial health emergency that shows no sign of slowing down.

Organizers say 120 students are registered for a two-hour training session Thursday in the student union building at UBC's Vancouver campus, where they'll learn the signs of an overdose, how to use a naloxone kit and the role stigma-free language plays in improving the lives of people who use drugs.

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13 CN ON: City Firefighters To Have NaloxoneTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Langlois, Denis Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:10/20/2017

This is looking after our own people here as well as the public." Doug Barfoot, fire chief

Owen Sound firefighters will soon have a new tool at their disposal that could potentially save lives.

Fire Chief Doug Barfoot said within the next month or so, Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services will begin carrying naloxone - the highly effective drug that can temporarily reverse an overdose by fentanyl or other opioids - on their main truck.

"We're trying to be proactive here," he said in an interview.

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14 CN MB: Column: Weeding Through The ScienceWed, 18 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Prutschi, Edward Area:Manitoba Lines:79 Added:10/20/2017

For a government that promised to legislate using evidence-based science, the rapid approach of legalized marijuana in Canada is starting to look like a case study in blind faith.

Last week, federal justice officials issued the next round of details in their impending pot law.

In addition to existing impaired-by-drug laws that police are already using to prosecute drugged drivers, three new criminal offences are destined to be born to deal with pot-impaired driving all based on the quantity of THC found in a person's body.

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15 CN NF: Editorial: Clock's TickingMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Gulf News, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:74 Added:10/20/2017

It must have been a busy meeting. A couple of weeks ago, Canada's federal and provincial justice and public safety ministers met in Vancouver for two days of meetings. They talked about delays in the criminal system and reforms to the Criminal Code over mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. About changes to the bail system and simpler and faster court proceedings.

They talked about national security legislation and the safety of Canadians, about the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of home cultivation, and the health and safety effects of the drug, both on adults and the particular risks for young people. There was discussion about changing the rules on drunk driving to make it easier for police officers to require drivers to submit to breath testing, and on and on.

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16 CN BC: Pot Shop Cannabis Rejuvenates A LifeThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Siebert, Amanda Area:British Columbia Lines:198 Added:10/20/2017

John De Villa and his wife, Maxine, are afraid he'll lose access to the cannabis products that keep him seizure-free.

The otherwise healthy software technician wasn't born with epilepsy, didn't drink or smoke, and hadn't taken as much as a Tylenol in decades.

During the course of the next eight months, he would suffer a total of 12 grand mal seizures. Doctors would later tell him the effects on his brain were equivalent to what one would experience after a series of back-to-back concussions.

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17 CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For LethbridgeThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:10/20/2017

Health Canada approved the first few supervised consumption facilities in Alberta on Wednesday, including a site in downtown Lethbridge.

ARCHES and Edmonton-based coalition AMSISE received an exemption from federal drug legislation, allowing them to operate supervised consumption sites.

Four sites are slated to open, three in Edmonton and one in Lethbridge, which will operate out of the former night club Pulse.

The application process for Lethbridge moved quicker than most and Jill Manning, the managing director of ARCHES, feels that may be a result of the unique issues Lethbridge is facing around substance use.

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18 CN ON: PUB LTE: Safe Injection Sites About JusticeMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Hopkins, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:10/20/2017

Re: Local safe injection sites urged for drug strategy (Oct. 11)

Medically supervised facilities for the administration and consumption of illicit drugs are proposed as a means to save lives, protect the community and help reduce illicit drug use itself. Of course, opponents disagree, either questioning their effectiveness, or objecting to the idea of enabling addiction and saving people from themselves. But, whatever their differences, people seem to agree that improved public health and social engineering are the primary objectives. I submit this is fundamentally misguided.

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19 CN ON: 49 FN Fund Medical PotMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:10/20/2017

Nearly 50 First Nations communities - including at least two in the Timmins area - are investing in medical marijuana.

Matachewan and Wahgoshig First Nations are among the shareholders in DelShen Therapeutics, which is a licensed medical marijuana producer.

Jacob Taylor and Jonathan Araujo of the Pontiac Group have been helping to connect Ontario First Nations groups with the medical marijuana company for the past two years.

"This plant is a medicine, and our focus with DelShen Therapeutics has always been a medical focus, where other companies have a recreational focus," explained Araujo.

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20 CN ON: 2 Charged After Pot Shop RaidMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:10/20/2017

Ottawa police have staged another raid on an illegal marijuana dispensary, charging two people at the CannaGreen on Armstrong Street across from the Parkdale Market with drug trafficking.

"We continue to stress that there is no 'grey area' when it comes to storefront marijuana dispensaries," said a statement from Staff Sgt. Rick Carey. "They are and will continue to be illegal operations."

The raid conducted Friday appears to be part of a renewed effort by police to close down the city's illegal pot shops. On Oct. 3 police raided Cannabis Culture on Bank St., Dr. Greenthumb on Montreal Road and several outdoor grow-ops, arresting eight people. Both shops re-opened.

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