Gousseau, Ken 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1 CN AB: Realtors Want Guidelines For Drug HousesSun, 08 Nov 2009
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Gousseau, Ken Area:Alberta Lines:46 Added:11/11/2009

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 houses.

"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 government relations.

"Typically these homes have all sorts of problems associated with them."

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2 CN AB: Column: Urgent Need for Detox CentreWed, 14 Jan 2009
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Gousseau, Ken Area:Alberta Lines:52 Added:01/15/2009

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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3 CN AB: Hatter Charged After Apparent Drug OverdoseFri, 14 Nov 2008
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Gousseau, Ken Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:11/15/2008

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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