Homicide rate rising to levels not seen in years
The Vancouver shooting death of an innocent teenage boy caught in the
crossfire of a drug gang shootout has revived fears of gang war in
British Columbia's Lower Mainland.
"We are targeting gangs as we speak," said Adam Palmer, chief of the
Vancouver Police Department, as he announced the death of two people,
including one of the gunmen, in a wild shootout just after 9 p. m. on
a busy city street last Saturday.
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Discipline not subject to judicial oversight: ruling
Ontario's elite private schools have won a court battle to enforce
their own discipline free from judicial oversight, following the
expulsion of a student caught smoking a bong on his last day of high
The ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal upholds Gautam Setia's 2010
expulsion from Oakville's Appleby College, and says the enforcement of
Appleby's rule against smoking is "not of broader import to members of
the public." In a unanimous ruling, the court clarifies that public
law only reaches so far into the workings of private high schools.
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'Too many ways right now for people to avoid that,' Day says
Joseph Brean, National Post Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day
said yesterday that a new Conservative government would require
prison inmates to work during their incarceration.
"We'd like to see people being required to work if they are in jail.
There are too many ways right now for people to avoid that," Mr. Day
told CTV's Question Period.
"We're not looking at this in a punitive way. We want to see people,
if they're going to be in jail for a number of years, let's get them
in a training program, an apprentice program, maybe work towards a
journeyman's certificate, some type of occupational standard that,
when they finally are released from prison, they have some way of
taking care of themselves, rather than doing that illegally."
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Psychologist Wins $5,000 Cash For Debunking 'Myth' Of Drug
Just as Al Gore was being honoured yesterday in Sweden for trying to
dispel controversy and build consensus, halfway around the world in
Vancouver, psychologist Bruce Alexander was being honoured for
precisely the opposite.
Named this year's winner of the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize for
Controversy, the drug-addiction researcher who thinks drug addiction
is a myth, similar to medieval demon possession, joins a remarkable
pantheon of academic poop-disturbers at Simon Fraser University, which
awards the $5,000 prize, usually but not necessarily to one of its
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'Prefer Cone-Shaped Joint'
The ironic thing about Pierre Berton's appearance next week on Rick
Mercer's comedy show Monday Report, in which the venerable journalist
explains how to roll a joint, is that Mr. Berton is not much of a
joint roller himself.
At age 84, he finds it easier to roll his joints with a little machine.
"I've also tried a pipe but it keeps going out," he said yesterday.
Like many in his profession, however, he can speak with authority on
matters about which he knows little, and so he was a perfect fit for
the show's two-minute segment entitled "Celebrity Tips." Previous
installments have featured such notables as health care advocate
Shirley Douglas showing how to jump-start a car and Rush frontman
Geddy Lee riding a toboggan.
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Teenaged boys tend to experiment with drugs because of family dysfunction
or peer pressure, but drug use in girls is more sensitive to genetic
factors, according to a sweeping study of American teens.
The findings call into question whether the same tactics should be used to
prevent drug abuse in boys and girls, the authors say, and also provide new
insight into the chicken and egg problem of mental illness and drug use.
"In girls, there was a significant genetic influence on all substance abuse
in adolescence," said Judy Silberg, the lead author of the study on more
than 1000 teenagers in Virginia. "There was no significant effect of the
genes on drug use in boys."
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A man who was granted temporary legal permission to smoke and grow
marijuana to ease his epileptic seizures, has had the right extended until
Parliament recognizes an Ontario court's ruling that the drug has medicinal
Terry Parker said the ruling, which makes him the only lifetime legal pot
smoker in the country, came as a bittersweet relief.
"Today's not too bad, got an extension, won't be going to jail [but] I
should not be the only civilian in Canada to use marijuana for epilepsy,"
he said. "It should be people with cancer, MS [multiple sclerosis], the
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An Ottawa man who ran a red light while drunk and high on marijuana has
lost a prolonged legal battle over his casual response of "Yeah,
whatever" to a police officer who asked if he wished to call a lawyer.
Christopher Dominski was driving along Bank Street in Ottawa in 1998
when an officer pulled him over for running a red light and driving
erratically. She smelled marijuana smoke and asked Dominski if he was
high. He said he was, so the officer arrested him for impaired driving
and placed him in a police car.
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