Realtors are lobbying the provincial government to adopt standards for
cleaning up houses used to grow or manufacture drugs.
In a recent report, the Alberta Real Estate Association released
guidelines from commissioned experts for air quality in former drug
"We identified the fact that there was no standard anywhere in the
province or anywhere in Canada, for that matter, to remediate the air
quality," said Bill Fowler, the association's director of industry and
"Typically these homes have all sorts of problems associated with
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One would assume that finding a substance user laying dead outside the
library is a compelling enough case in itself for a detoxification centre
in Medicine Hat.
But nearly two years after the now-fired Palliser Health Region board
began pressing the Alberta government for funding to establish an urgently
needed detox centre in the local hospital, Palliser remains the only
health region in the province without treatment detox beds.
The consequences are immense. Intoxicated individuals are held in remand
cells for lack of a better place, sometimes slipping into life-threatening
seizures. Substance users occupy the limited number of hospital beds
intended for other patients, while staff who are not trained in treating
addictions struggle with an ever-increasing workload.
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The CEO of an energy services firm operating in the Medicine Hat area
is calling on companies to band together in the battle against
substance abuse in the oilpatch following the death of a pipeline
worker from an apparent drug overdose in Oyen.
RCMP have laid three drug trafficking charges against [redacted],
[redacted], of Medicine Hat after a 41-year-old Ledcor employee was
found dead and two others unresponsive Thursday at the company's work
camp near Oyen, about 200 kilomtres north of the Gas City. The two
men, ages 23 and 32, have since been released from hospital.
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