Universities must prepare for legalization of pot

Students need real information that avoids both scare tactics and blanket reassurances based on unrepresentative anecdotes

Universities must prepare for legalization of potBy Alexandra Burnett, and Rodney A. Clifton Frontier Centre for Public Policy Marijuana will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17. Some students can hardly wait but are their universities ready? In curricular terms, the institutional response has been impressive. Many Canadian universities have already begun new courses to prepare their students to thrive in…

Stop playing the racist card and deal with the real problems

To ignore a safety issue involving alcohol use among Indigenous communities for fear of being labelled a racist is just plain wrong

Stop playing the racist card and deal with the real problemsEver since Wilbur and Orville Wright proved that heavier-than-air machines could fly, safety has been a priority when it comes to air travel. Engines and chassis are inspected and re-inspected. If some gizmo in your car engine breaks, your car stops and you look under the hood. You don’t have that luxury in an airplane.…

Workplace safety initiative launched ahead of cannabis legalization

Calgary-based company Cannabis Learning Series urging employers to be prepared

Workplace safety initiative launched ahead of cannabis legalizationA Calgary-based company is promoting a workplace safety campaign  in response to cannabis legalization, which comes into effect on Oct. 17. The Cannabis Learning Series, a workplace safety education initiative, is urging employers to focus on prevention and awareness in the midst of uncertainty from cannabis legalization. “With the legalization of recreational cannabis getting closer, it’s…

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starter

Smartphones have undermined everyday social interactions by eroding our ability and desire to talk to one another

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starterFrench legislators recently passed a law banning children between three and 15 from using smartphones in class. The government of President Emmanuel Macron said the move will help combat an epidemic of screen addiction among France’s children. At first glance, it looks as if the legislation will help to curb screen addiction. Even if it…

Blame the parents for suffering of children on the margins

Developmentally delayed children come into a failing welfare system due to irresponsible parents placing substance abuse ahead of their children

Blame the parents for suffering of children on the marginsMore than half of Winnipeg’s Indigenous homeless population are former wards of Child and Family Services (CFS). A former CFS ward explained on CBC recently that the 50 per cent figure was too low, not taking into account the significant number of former wards who “couch surf.” This group relies on the kindness of acquaintances…

How to put your inner workaholic to rest

Today is National Workaholics Day. But by working smarter, you could work less – and have more time for family, friends and fun

How to put your inner workaholic to restIt's National Workaholics Day. Does this seem like something we should really be celebrating? According to Forbes, the average Frenchman works 18 hours a week; the average Italian about 16.5 and the British work 21.5. But in North America, our idea of full employment is a standard 40-hour week. And in some locales, that number…

Tent cities aren’t the problem, just a symptom

We need to address contributing factors to homelessness, including mental illness, addictions and poverty

Tent cities aren’t the problem, just a symptomTonight, an increasing number of Canadians face the prospect of sleeping in a tent – not to welcome the summer camping season but as a last resort. Unlike regulated campgrounds, tent cities are without electricity, water and often bathrooms. These makeshift encampments appear to be on the rise with Winnipeg and Nanaimo, B.C., being two…

Cannabis legislation has employers worried

‘Workplace safety is consistently flagged as employers’ top concern with legalization, but the solution is not one-size-fits-all’

Cannabis legislation has employers worriedMore than half of Canadian organizations, 52 per cent, are either concerned or very concerned about the implications the legalization of cannabis for recreational use will have on the workplace. A Conference Board of Canada report, Blazing the Trail: What the Legalization of Cannabis Means for Canadian Employers, says employers’ top concerns include workplace safety,…

Indigenous child welfare system remains dysfunctional

Decades after the ’60s Scoop, we're no closer to a successful model to help children from troubled homes

Indigenous child welfare system remains dysfunctionalThe ’60s Scoop is back in the news again. And we're no closer to a solution to a problem that has plagued the nation for generations. The federal government has set aside $875 million for Indigenous adults who were adopted into non-Indigenous homes in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s. Those who accept the money…

Reduce the poverty-to-prison pipeline for women

From prison reform to better community services that address poverty and prevent crime, here's what Canada can do

Reduce the poverty-to-prison pipeline for womenBy Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain and Sen. Art Eggleton Over the last decade, the number of women in Canada’s jails has spiked by 30 per cent. Even more troubling, Indigenous female prisoners now account for 37 per cent of all incarcerated women, and 50 per cent of women in maximum security. According to the 2017 correctional…

Legalized U.S. sports gambling? It’s about time

Now the trick is to put the revenue to the best use: on public fitness and activity initiatives

Legalized U.S. sports gambling? It’s about timeThe U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a federal ban on sports gambling. My first thought was what took so long? Americans can legally bet on soybean futures, the rise and fall of stocks, horse races, dog races, state lotteries, real estate investments, church bingo games, the roll of dice and various card games. But…

Local woman headed to penitentiary for trafficking

Investigators had video surveillance of the trailer showing several people coming and going in a pattern consistent with drug trafficking

Local woman headed to penitentiary for traffickingKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kaitlynn McCorriston of Kindersley has been taken to a federal penitentiary to serve a prison term of two-and-a-half years for trafficking controlled drugs. McCorriston was sentenced at provincial court in Kindersley on April 17. Facts of the case were heard during a trial on Jan. 9 and, although she was…

Turning the tide on the harm of opioids

Doctors must discuss pain management options with patients and not jump to the prescription pad for a quick fix

Turning the tide on the harm of opioidsBy Dr. Wendy Levinson and Dr. Laurent Marcoux EvidenceNetwork.ca As clinicians, we’re bound by professionalism and our ethical responsibilities to do no harm, and to do what we can to address the pain and suffering of our patients. When powerful pain-relieving opioid medications were introduced a few decades ago, they seemed to be a way…

Booze can trip up psychiatric diagnosis

When intoxicated, people often exhibit signs that can resemble psychiatric conditions

Booze can trip up psychiatric diagnosisWe’ve recently been covering topics involving the effects of substance use on psychiatric conditions. This week, we complete the series by touching on the effects of alcohol abuse on mental health. As with other mind-altering or inhibition lowering drugs, alcohol makes an initial psychiatric diagnosis very difficult. When people are intoxicated, they often exhibit signs…

Turning your sense of failure into success

Believing you can't do something won't get problems solved. Find a way if you truly want a happy life

Turning your sense of failure into success“I can’t manage everything by myself anymore, I’m completely stressed out! From being responsible for all the meal planning to childcare responsibilities to cleaning the house, there’s no romance, no time for friends, no time to read. Something has to give.” These were the first words spoken when I sat down with one of my…
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