Toronto Star, 15 Dec 2014 - My worry is that the police will go on fishing expeditions, gather blackmail information or 'accidentally' post photos online The Supreme Court of Canada's ruling that police can, without a warrant, search the cellphones of people they have just arrested is one of the most sinister in its history. Justice Minister Peter MacKay is thrilled with the ruling. You should not be..
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 15 Dec 2014 - As of last week, police can search cellphones without a warrant when they make an arrest. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in this decision in a 4-3 vote with the majority stating that "cellphones are the bread and butter of the drug trade," according to the Globe and Mail. Until now, these types of searches included items such as purses and briefcases. The cellphone search does, however, have to be "tailored to its purpose, which will generally mean that only recent emails, texts, photos and the call log will be available," the Globe and Mail article said.
Chronicle Herald, 13 Dec 2014 - OTTAWA - Delays in inspections and approvals to grow medical marijuana are causing shortages, according to some in the industry. This year, Canada transformed its medical marijuana regime by banning small, homegrown outfits and moving to multimillion-dollar industrial producers.
Winnipeg Free Press, 13 Dec 2014 - The article on Project Distress ( Drug arrests target higher echelons, Dec. 12) has a misleading title. To the drug dealer, police drug sweeps are merely a cost of doing business, and to police, they are little more than a public relations gesture. Since the Harrison Act was passed in the U.S. in 1914, drugs have only gotten cheaper, purer and more readily available. The rational thing to do about the drug problem is legalize, standardize, and tax it, but that is not politically expedient.
Truro Daily News, 12 Dec 2014 - 'We recognize that this is a major concern and having this training will help us make the roads that much safer' TRURO - It's an additional tool that they can keep in their arsenal of things, and it was something the force has needed.
Edmonton Sun, 12 Dec 2014 - Top cop says Supreme Court decision will aid police in drug trafficking cases Edmonton's police chief is applauding a decision made by Canada's top court that allows police to conduct a limited search of cellphones during an arrest, but only under strict conditions.
The Record, 12 Dec 2014 - Murdered drug dealer's father speaks after Kadeem Garbriel admits to killing KITCHENER - Kadeem Gabriel was recruited to do the dirty work in exchange for some free marijuana. Now he faces a life sentence after admitting Thursday to second-degree murder in a drug rip-off gone wrong in the parking lot of a Kitchener apartment building more than two years ago.
Standard Freeholder, 12 Dec 2014 - The good news is Cornwall is a safer place this year than than it was last year. Chief Dan Parkinson told the Cornwall Community Police Board that crime rates are down across the board. "It's a good news story," said Parkinson.
Metro, 12 Dec 2014 - Police Increasing Patrols As Area Sees Third Shooting in Two Weeks With three shootings on Penny Drive in the past two weeks, Ottawa police have increased their presence in the neighbourhood and residents will continue to see more police patrolling their streets, says the force's chief.
Globe and Mail, 12 Dec 2014 - In a crime ruling that earned it rare praise from the federal government, the Supreme Court of Canada said police may search cellphones without a warrant when they make an arrest. Cellphones are the bread and butter of the drug trade, the majority said in a 4-3 ruling. It said police have been given the "extraordinary power" to do warrantless searches during an arrest, under common-law rules developed by judges over centuries, because of the importance of prompt police investigations. Until now, those searches typically included purses and briefcases. Civil liberties groups had urged the court to exempt cellphones.
The Enterprise-Bulletin, 12 Dec 2014 - The number of provincial drunk driving charges are down compared to 2013, but drug-impaired driving rates have substantially increased. According to OPP statistics, in 2014 up to the end of September, 5,685 impaired charges were laid by the OPP, down 17% from the same period in 2013 which saw 6,842 impaired charges laid; however, compared to the same period in 2013, there was a 32% increase in 2014 in the number of drug-impaired driving occurrences.
The Morning Star, 10 Dec 2014 - I am always puzzled by the national media's focus on trivial issues and missing the more important challenges facing society and governments. Our society is being under-minded by substance abuse and very few people are talking about it. One in five Canadians (21.6 per cent ) has a substance or alcohol abuse problem. Substance abuse costs us $40 billion per year in Canada. Eighty per cent of federal offenders have a history of substance abuse issues. Six million Canadians are in recovery. Contrary to the solutions of the NDP and Liberals to legalize marijuana, because they say it is just a soft drug, studies found that 40 per cent of people that start using marijuana move on to harder drugs.
Metro, 10 Dec 2014 - 'Nothing funny about it.' Medical marijuana patients upset about grower's 'lighthearted' news release Dozens of medical marijuana patients are upset over a recent media release sent out by Tweed Inc. that they say makes light of their debilitating illnesses.
The Peterborough Examiner, 09 Dec 2014 - There is a discussion that is gaining traction in many circles across the country and at many levels, and it's about drugs. Not medications like antibiotics or blood pressure pills, but psychoactive substances that, when ingested, inhaled, injected or absorbed through skin or mucous membranes, affect brain chemistry and alter mental functions. These include legal substances like the highly addictive nicotine in tobacco, or the alcohol that is found in beer, wine or spirits. It includes prescribed narcotics and stimulants. And it includes a wide range of illegal substances like cannabis, methamphetamine, LSD and heroin.
Toronto Star, 08 Dec 2014 - She Provided 70 Clean Urine Samples, Yet Her Girls Were Taken From Her at Birth Because of Controversial Hair Test The last time Christine Rupert saw her daughters was in a dingy church basement in Kitchener, surrounded by awkward and emotional reunions between other parents and their kids.
The Western Star, 08 Dec 2014 - A Supreme Court justice has thrown out evidence from a traffic stop in the case against two Quebec men charged with drug offences in the fall of 2011. Justice Laura Mennie granted the application to exclude evidence from the Oct. 24, 2011 traffic stop that led to the charges of two counts each of trafficking in marijuana and cannabis resin and two counts each of possession of illegal drugs for the purposes of trafficking against Sylvain Charbonneau, 59, and Jean Dessailliers, 44.
The Economist, 06 Dec 2014 - LOCAL HEROIN Legal Narcotics In A Liberal City THE people queuing up at the Providence Crosstown Clinic are pioneers of a sort. They are heroin addicts whose habits have resisted conventional treatment. They hope to become the first in North America to get their fixes legally as part of a treatment programme rather than just for a clinical trial. "It's heroin that you know is good," says one addict waiting outside, who aspires to join the queue.
Globe and Mail, 05 Dec 2014 - This morning, Uruguayan officials will open 18 envelopes. Each will contain a proposal to grow two tonnes of marijuana on up to five hectares of land for sale to the Uruguayan government. Within a few days, up to five of the 18 bidders (one of whom is a Canadian) will be selected, and another part of Uruguay's experiment with legalizing and regulating marijuana will fall into place.
The Morning Star, 05 Dec 2014 - When one observes and considers the state of our society, it becomes obvious that we are headed in the wrong direction. One change that is occurring that shows people's contempt for the law is the belligerent attitude towards smoking marijuana. This I will break into two segments, those using it for medical purposes (which does seem to provide some benefit), and those who just want to smoke dope.
Thunder Bay Source, 04 Dec 2014 - During our next federal election don't be surprised to see the face and hear the music of legendary reggae performer, Bob Marley. Regardless of more serious, pressing matters, one recurring theme concerns the legal use of Mr. Marley's favourite herb - marijuana.