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1CN BC: The Rise Of Vancouver's Deadly Gang WarThu, 18 Jan 2018
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/18/2018

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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2CN ON: Who Rules The Private Schools? Not The CourtsWed, 18 Dec 2013
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/20/2013

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 school.

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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3 Canada: Tories Aim To Force Inmates To Work In JailMon, 18 Aug 2008
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:Canada Lines:85 Added:08/19/2008

'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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4 CN BC: Addicted To ControversySat, 13 Oct 2007
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:British Columbia Lines:164 Added:10/14/2007

Psychologist Wins $5,000 Cash For Debunking 'Myth' Of Drug Addiction

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 faculty.

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5 Canada: Pierre Berton Offers 40 Years Of Rolling ExpertiseSat, 16 Oct 2004
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:Canada Lines:91 Added:10/17/2004

'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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6 Canada: Family Problems Lead Boys To Try Drugs, With GirlsMon, 28 Jul 2003
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:Canada Lines:62 Added:07/28/2003

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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7 Canada: Epileptic Wins Lifetime Right To MarijuanaMon, 18 Mar 2002
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:Canada Lines:80 Added:03/18/2002

Awaits Parliament

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 uses.

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 whole gamut."

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8 CN BC: Impaired Driver Loses Charter CaseWed, 20 Jun 2001
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Brean, Joseph Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:06/21/2001

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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