Whitehorse's drug trade hasn't grown over the last decade, though it's gone
through highs and lows, according to a study due out this fall.
"It didn't appear to have grown," RCMP Cpl. Pete Greenlaw said about
Whitehorse's illegal drug market. "It appears to be fairly stable. You have
peaks and valleys, but there's no dramatic increase."
Greenlaw, the Yukon RCMP's drug awareness officer and a career drug cop, is
part of the SASSY committee (Substance Abuse Strategy and Solutions for
Yukon) conducting a study of the city's drug scene. It's set for completion
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A downtown resident's concern about traffic coming to and from a
nearby drug trafficker's home base has prompted the constituency's MLA
to call a public meeting to see what the community can do.
Todd Hardy, territorial representative for the downtown riding, as
well as the Yukon NDP leader, is in the planning stages for a July 28
open discussion at the Whitehorse Public Library.
A woman who lives in the downtown area said she approached Hardy a
couple of weeks ago because she's fed up with incessant noise 24 hours
a day after two houses where drugs are sold cropped up in her area
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One Yukon candidate in the upcoming federal election wants to bring a higher
profile to his lesser-known party.
Sean Davey, 22, will enter the federal election as a the candidate in the
Yukon riding for the Marijuana Party of Canada. It's the first time the
pro-pot party has sparked up a candidate in the Yukon.
Davey is running to get the word out in the Yukon about the Marijuana Party,
which will be entering its second federal election.
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Though F.H. Collins Secondary School principal Darren Hayes doesn't believe
drugs are a big problem at the facility, the school is looking at having
the RCMP bring in a drug dog.
"Some of this is to be a deterrent," he said in an interview this morning.
School council officials, parents and students turned out to a meeting at
the school Thursday evening to discuss a potential policy that would permit
the drug dog into the Riverdale high school.
"Members of the RCMP M division with the cooperation of the principal or
designate may conduct random patrols of Yukon schools," reads the draft
policy. Hayes noted there was a wide variety of views represented at the
meeting. While some parents support the policy, others had questions about
the wording. Still others queried how far the school would go in its searches.
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Cocaine, ecstasy, pot, heroin, mushrooms - they're all to be found on
But just how accessible drugs are, their prevalence and their overall
effect on Yukoners isn't known.
By next June, a local researcher will have reviewed existing data and
spoken with coroners, cops, doctors and people who treat addicts in
order to find out just how bad Whitehorse's drug scene is.
Whitehorse is one of six Canadian communities doing the drug studies
starting in December. A further nine towns and cities will conduct the
studies in the two following years.
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The Yukon's premier admits his past conviction for dealing heroin is
In a press conference Monday afternoon, Dennis Fentie addressed the
issue of his 1976 conviction of being part of a heroin trafficking
ring in Edmonton.
Fentie told the Star during the 2002 election campaign about his
conviction for narcotics trafficking. However, the Yukon Party leader
refused to say, at the time, what drug he had been pushing.
It was revealed recently that Fentie had spent 17 months of a
four-year sentence in prison for peddling smack, also known as heroin.
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Two veteran federal political strategists feel Premier Dennis Fentie made a
big mistake by not telling Yukoners what drug he went to prison for selling.
"My advice would've been you come clean," Tim Powers said today in an
interview from Ottawa.
Powers used to work for federal Tories John Crosbie and Joe Clark, and most
recently worked for the Canadian Alliance during the 2000 federal election.
"If you hide something that is a part of the public record somewhere out
there, come clean or you will pay the price," Powers added.
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While the Department of Education and the RCMP have hammered out an
agreement allowing a police dog to search high schools for drugs and
weapons, not all principals plan to take up the offer.
At a news conference yesterday afternoon, Porter Creek Secondary
School principal Kerry Huff said he plans to ask the RCMP to bring one
of their drug-sniffing dogs into the building after school hours to
conduct "random sweeps" of the building in an effort to root out contraband.
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The lethal amount of cocaine in a Whitehorse man's body likely killed him
as he ran from the RCMP officer trying to arrest him in late September.
Clark Edward Whitehouse had more than 10 mg of cocaine in his system,
Sharon Hanley, the Yukon's chief coroner, said this week.
Anything over 10 mg is considered lethal. Exactly how much he'd ingested
won't be made public until a yet-unscheduled coroner's inquest.
Coroner's inquests are standard practice when someone dies in police custody.
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A Yukon RCMP officer and police dog are behind an Alberta drug bust worth
millions of dollars, the RCMP said this afternoon.
This morning, four people were arrested in Lethbridge, Alta. and charged
with possession of controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking.
Lethbridge Police Service officers seized 235 kilograms (524 pounds) of
marijuana, as well as cash, cell phones and other items related to a
vehicle Yukon Const. Wayne Smyth and police service dog Luke came across
early yesterday morning.
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Judge Gail Maltby has ruled that the Yukon has no jurisdiction to try a
youth accused of possession of drugs for the purposes of trafficking.
The case was scheduled to go to trial in Whitehorse this morning, but
defence counsel Malcolm Campbell argued the Yukon does not have the
jurisdiction for the case.
"The offence was not committed here," Campbell told the court.
The alleged offence stems from an incident at a Kelowna, B.C. bus station.
Kelowna RCMP arrested the youth after being informed by Whitehorse RCMP that
he was believed to be bringing cocaine into the territory for the purposes
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The president of the Yukon Medical Association (YMA) won't soon prescribe
medicinal marijuana, even if federal courts have guaranteed that Health Canada
will be a willing supplier.
Advocates for the ready access to medicinal marijuana aren't pleased either
with the last-minute decision made on July 9.
Dr. Wayne MacNicol is the president of the YMA and an obstetrician-gynecologist
at Whitehorse General Hospital. He has been provided with information from
Health Canada on how he should go about prescribing marijuana to his patients.
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Three months in custody is needed for a 15-year-old girl convicted of
selling one marijuana cigarette to her cousin on the walk to school, a
Crown prosecutor argued in court this week.
Territorial court Judge John Faulkner rejected that suggestion for the
girl, who had no criminal record until Wednesday afternoon. He instead
handed her eight months' probation for the trafficking conviction.
Fourteen at the time, the girl was convicted after a 20-minute trial
in early February for selling the joint on the way to school last
September as they neared Selkirk Elementary School on the way to F.H.
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This is the last in a four-part series looking at various aspects of police
work to mark national police week.
Pete Greenlaw flaps his fingers, pantomiming a pair of lips talking --
"Drugs are bad. Don't do drugs."
"This doesn't work," the RCMP corporal said.
When the RCMP first hired drug awareness officers as their part in
implementing Canada's drug strategy in 1988, those police officers were
often labelled the "pin and poster guys."
They handed out pins and posters and stood at the front of the classroom
telling kids to stay away from drugs, Greenlaw said. There wasn't a lot of
interaction, and students didn't take a hands-on role in the learning process.
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For a month and a half, Anne Aram has been trying to improve her pool
skills and come up with some fun activities for the young people who hang
out at the Whitehorse Youth Centre.
The centre's new executive director said in a recent interview she wants to
offer the city's youth an alternative to drugs and alcohol.
One of the latest initiatives was the Beat the Heat pool tournament between
the Whitehorse RCMP and youth at the centre. Aram proudly pointed out that
the youth beat the police in the tournament. It's something she hopes to do
every month in an attempt to alleviate some of the differences between the
youth and police.
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The Yukon government will wait until Ottawa makes an official decision
before it gets off the pot on the issue of decriminalizing marijuana.
Recently, a committee of federal MPs released a report recommending that
anybody caught with up to 30 grams of marijuana receive a fine instead of
being charged and left with a criminal record.
According to the report, fines would be paid without a court appearance and
people would not receive a criminal conviction, much like a speeding ticket.
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"Hi. My Name Is Dennis And I Smoke Marijuana."
The admissions were as thick as the pot smoke in a Cheech and Chong flick
at last night's debate on the decriminalization of marijuana, though the
agreement on what should happen with the plant's legal status wasn't as strong.
Some disagreed about whether marijuana is even a drug as a couple argued
it's simply an herb. Others disagreed about it being labelled a "gateway
drug" while others said they thought it leads to harder drug use.
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Parents worried their kids are trying drugs, families that want healthy
activities to participate in and those curious to hear more about the issue
of decriminalizing marijuana have a week all their own.
Officially starting early this afternoon with the opening ceremonies at the
Elijah Smith Building, National Addictions Awareness Week runs until
Saturday evening with a wide variety of events throughout the city.
This afternoon was to involve a March for Sobriety at the Kwanlin Dun
potlatch house from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Kwanlin Dun Wellness Centre
is hosting a three-hour open house starting at noon Tuesday.
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There were 200 sexual assaults reported in the territory last year, and it
looks like the rising violence against women over the past summer will make
this a "banner year," says a territorial victim services worker.
Some of the victims report they believe they were drugged, Bonnie Ross told
the audience during Monday's annual crime prevention conference in Whitehorse.
One victim, Ross said, said she was conscious for the entire assault, but
was unable to do anything.
"She could not move, but knew what was happening," said Ross. "She could
not move because she was paralyzed, and she was raped."
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Empty-handed except for the clothes he was wearing, Matthew Cardinal
received a priceless gift two days before Christmas 2001 - the desire to
kick the cocaine habit that had him in its grip for the last eight years.
Sitting alone in a barren, dingy apartment, he looked around at nothing.
All he had was clothing and his own body. He'd spent four of the last eight
years in jail for property crimes - smoking crack cost money he didn't
have. But other people had things he could take and sell.
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