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Published: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:15:46 -0800

Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:10:01 GMT

 



Canada: The First Lady Of Reefer Madness

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Walrus, 01 Jan 2017 - How a renowned Canadian feminist popularized our racist war on drugs Detective Joe Ricci and his partner, Alex Sinclair, were out on a routine bust in Vancouver's Chinatown. It was 1916, and Ricci and Sinclair were front-line officers in the war on opium. The drug had been criminalized in Canada eight years earlier through the introduction of the Western world's earliest drug prohibition law, and the Vancouver police department had been chasing down traffickers ever since. Ricci was a familiar sight in the neighbourhood. He had made such a big arrest in 1913 that for days after, the Vancouver Daily World reported, "not a light [was] to be seen and the ringing noise of the chuck-a-luck dice [had] stopped." But the gamblers and the opium smokers were soon back, and Ricci was out patrolling the streets again.



CN ON: Column: Mr. Trudeau, Meet Mr. Browning

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Record, 19 Dec 2016 - "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" - - Robert Browning One thing the Trudeau government cannot be accused of is lack of reach. Its ambitions have carried it into endeavours the Harper government did not attempt to reach or had no interest in reaching.



CN ON: Editorial: Cops' Weed Whacking Was Only Option

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 06 Nov 2016 - They come with names such as Green Tree and Weeds Glass & Gifts, which sound harmless. But Ottawa's 16 pot shops aren't legal, and some of them have sprung up in the last few months in areas close to where kids can be found, or where shops cater to families. Many in Ottawa have clamoured for the police to shut them down. Friday, finally, the brass took action, staging simultaneous raids on six marijuana dispensaries across the city. About time.



CN MB: Prime Time

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 04 Jun 2016 - Justin Trudeau sits down with Free Press editor Paul Samyn to talk about urgent legislation, First Nations, marijuana... and Stephen Harper PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Winnipeg Free Press editor Paul Samyn for an exclusive interview Thursday.



CN ON: Pot Possession Prosecutions To Continue For Now, Blair Says

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Fort McMurray Today, 25 Feb 2016 - OTTAWA - There will be no halt to prosecutions for minor marijuana offences, but the government will likely consider future amnesty for hundreds of thousands of Canadians already saddled with criminal records for simple possession, says the Liberal point man on pot. The comments by former Toronto police chief and MP Bill Blair came amid increasing calls for federal prosecutors to cease criminal cases against people charged with simple pot possession and minor trafficking, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vows to legalize weed during his party's current four-year mandate.



Canada: Editorial: How High Is Too High To Drive?

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 22 Feb 2016 - Article 253 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada outlaws the operation a motor vehicle, boat, aircraft or railway engine while a "person's ability to operate . . . is impaired by alcohol or a drug." The provision has existed for decades, but it's only recently that the justice system has seriously tried coming to grips with the question of drugged driving - and it has done so only semi-successfully. As the federal government prepares to legalize marijuana, here's another item to add to the to-do list: setting out specific enforcement criteria for driving under its influence. Other countries have done it - the United Kingdom has perhaps the strictest and most comprehensive set of laws - but not without difficulty. There are problems associated with establishing baseline levels of impairment. It took years to establish a consensus on legal limits for blood-alcohol content. Even those are imperfect, frequently contested, and variable according to jurisdiction.



CN PI: Editorial: Don't Rush On New Laws

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Journal-Pioneer, 18 Jan 2016 - The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense. Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on medically-assisted suicide. The ruling gave the federal government 12 months to rewrite the Criminal Code, or ignore the ruling, essentially leaving the matter in legal limbo.



CN NS: Editorial: Too Much At Stake

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Cape Breton Post, 16 Jan 2016 - Doctor-assisted dying law shouldn't be hastily implemented The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense.



CN ON: Editorial: Times It Makes Sense To Proceed With Caution

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Hamilton Spectator, 13 Jan 2016 - The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense. Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on medically assisted suicide. The ruling gave the federal government 12 months to rewrite the Criminal Code, or ignore the ruling, essentially leaving the matter in legal limbo.