Key Considerations of Canadian Drug Policy – March 8th, 2019

Good morning subscribers! On October 17, 2018 recreational cannabis was legalized by the Federal government. Its legalization came with regulations that are similar to the ones used for alcohol in Canada, as they set limits on how cannabis is produced, distributed, consumed and sold. However, these regulations and other associated policies have been criticized for […]

Impaired Driving in Canada

Jas Goraya  On September 27, 2015, a minivan carrying six family members- three of them children under the age of 10- was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Kipling Avenue and Kirby road in Vaughan. The crash led to the tragic death of the three children and their grandfather. Police reported that […]

Pot Prohibition: Problems and the Need for Policy Reform

Matteo Pirri Citing high usage rates, positive (or at least largely ambivalent) public attitudes toward its consumption, and an emerging global reformation regarding its illegality, a story published in the Toronto Star in January of this year maintained that “2014 [is] poised to go to pot.” Yet despite these popular trends, nine months later, there has been little […]

What’s the Harm in Harm Reduction?

Anna Hodgins Harm reduction policies have a bad reputation. The philosophy behind harm reduction is that policy should focus on diminishing the adverse public health and social consequences of behaviour without necessarily reducing the behaviour. There is peer-reviewed, scientific evidence and international consensus that harm reduction is an effective policy strategy for reducing the negative […]