Canada Drugs

Rock Stars, Politicians, Doctors Support Drug Policy Reform

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

"The reality is that young people today have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol and tobacco. That should be the core of the conversation right now."

West Coast Leads Push for Drug Reform in Canada

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

Kerrisdale residents Ray and Nichola Hall know too well the tragic outcomes of easily accessible illicit drugs. Both their sons, now in their mid 30s, were addicted to heroin and other drugs. They were raised in one of Vancouver's most-exclusive neighbourhoods, proving that the drug trade and addiction have no boundaries.

Cross-Border Drug Runner Suspects Nabbed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are crediting cross-border teamwork in the arrests of two suspected drug smugglers.Const. Ian MacDonald...

I'm Not Good at Drugs

Katie Boland | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I was going to save my thoughts on drugs for a few weeks. But in light of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, now feels like the right time. I worked with him on Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. His death truly rattled me. Like I'm bad at math, I'm bad at drugs.

What's Actually Happening With People My Age

Katie Boland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

"I want to write about what's actually happening with people my age." "And what's that?" "Coke. Tinder. Bad relationships. Good relationships. Molly. Not being able to get a job. 25 being one thing for one person and something completely different for another." I turned 25 almost a year ago.

Why We Should Start Thinking of Rob Ford as a Human Being

Leah Morrigan | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Leah Morrigan

How could we help him feel better about himself so he does a better job for our city? As hard as it may be for some of us to swallow, we could try to lose the blame and the judgement and throw him some slack. Why? When people treat us well, the better we feel, and the better we feel, the better we behave.

Okanagan Teen Party Busted

CBC | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

RCMP shut down a party at the Vernon Recreation Centre attended by about 800 young adults on Saturday night, following widespread reports of drug and ...

A Porno Stole My Song

Wes Marskell | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

To preface this story, I have to admit that my relationship with porn has always been a dishonest one. If I was to watch it on the Internet, I streamed it. I have never bought a DVD or subscribed to a website nor financially contributed to the industry in anyway, only stolen from it. Then, one day, porn got me back. Someone on Twitter sent me a link to a porno that used our song. Art-rock is a tricky thing. It's precious. People talk about it like fine art or good wine. It's pretentious, it's serious and not for porn. So the implication was that I should be immediately up in arms. My art was stolen and slapped over some smut film. How dare they defile something I labored over?

Besnard Lakes Talk Music And LSD

The Huffington Post Canada | Vish Khanna | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada Music

There’s a certain connotation with the music that Montreal’s Besnard Lakes make. The Polaris Music Prize-nominated rock band are often described a...

HUGE Cocaine Raid In Vancouver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police have seized 54 kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.Police say the seizure happened Friday a...

Famous Crack Confessions

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took the city by surprise today with an admission that he did indeed smoke crack cocaine. "I made mistakes in the past," Fo...

Trudeau on Pot Is a Political Highlight

Grant Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is right that legalizing, and then regulating, marijuana is the right thing to do. It will save money and it will help keep weed away from kids. Prohibition isn't working to keep kids safe from today's supercharged weed. Legalization and regulation will.

Major B.C. Gang Bust

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Nanaimo RCMP has seized almost $70,000 in cash and drugs after arresting five people who Mounties say have connections to the Red Scor...

Drugs Have Never Been Cheaper

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada

Cocaine, heroin and weed have never been cheaper — or more potent. Congratulations, global drug policy. A new report from the medical journal ...

America Has More Reasonable Drug Laws Than Canada: What the Hell?

Colin Kenny | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada
Colin Kenny

It beats me why so many American conservatives have smartened up about when it makes sense to send people to jail when Canadian conservatives -- at least the ones who count -- clearly haven't. The average cost of keeping a Canadian in prison for a year is more than $113,000, which is money well spent for violent offenders. But why spend it locking up minor drug offenders? Why are we hell-bent on this backwards way of thinking?

Bulk Drug Purchasing Is Too Good to Be True

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

As part of their struggle with budget realities and the growing cost of health care, Canada's provinces continue to work on bulk purchasing agreements for pharmaceuticals as a way to save money. Unfortunately, the recent release from the Council of the Federation (the council of Canada's premiers) suffers from the typical one-sided approach that characterizes much of the drug policy discussion. Yes, there are up front savings to be had. But there's no such thing as a free lunch.

A Question For You About Drugs

Tim Paziuk | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Should the government be allowed to force pharmaceutical companies to continue manufacturing drugs that are no longer profitable, if these drugs are in the public best interest? I'm really struggling with this one.

Rob Ford 'Crack' Scandal Cooked Up By The Worst Kind Of Folks

Mark Hasiuk | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Hasiuk

Living in Vancouver, I'm no Rob Ford fan. I'm not even sure what that is. Media outlets across Canada and around the world reported on what the Star published while their reporter Robyn Doolittle has gone Hollywood. Drug dealers, no video proof, there's nothing right about this whole thing. Folks, prepare yourself for the new normal.

After a Wild Week of News, Two Stories You Might Have Missed

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 07.19.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

This week has been an emotional roller coaster for Canadians who follow the news. Lost in the shuffle were two stories that were of no particular importance, relatively speaking, to Canadians. One of them is about the way well-heeled Manhattan moms have worked the lineup system at Disney by hiring a disabled person to be a "family member" for the day.

A Voter's Guide To Legalizing Pot

Dana Larsen | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Marijuana has become an important issue in this provincial election. Questions about marijuana policy have been raised by the public over and over again, at all-candidates meetings across the province, and even during the televised debate.Together with the replies we received from candidates, and other comments about marijuana made in the media, we have compiled this Sensible BC Voters Guide, to help you better understand where B.C. parties and candidates stand on the question of marijuana policy and decriminalization in our province.

Harper Admits He Saw Marijuana Once

The Lapine | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Politics
The Lapine

In a candid interview with CBC's George Stroumoumbouloupoulus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has close-up and personal knowledge of the illega...

Good Neighbours Club: Giving Toronto's Homeless Elderly a Second Chance

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Mariah Griffin-Angus

With his thick moustache and faded prison tattoos Pierre was no stranger to a life lived rough. But you'd never know it if you sat down and had a coffee with him. He had a gentle bearing and spoke impeccable English and French. He had a rap sheet taller than me but he never hurt anyone.

China Enemy Number 1 On Drugs

CBC | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada

Canada Border Services Agency data analyzed by CBC News shows China was the largest single source of drugs seized between 2007 and 2012, most of it in...

A Non-Smoker's Mixtape Of Songs For the Stoned

Danko Jones | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Music
Danko Jones

If you're like me -- a person who doesn't drink or smoke -- people assume you're a recovering drug addict. I definitely experimented, dabbled, even habitually enjoyed for some time, and had a general all-around blast. My main reason for smoking marijuana in the first place was only to enjoy the music. So put this list on and just enjoy, you lucky bastards.

The Art Of the TV Confessional

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Living
Hina P. Ansari

Is this Oprah interview with Lance Armstrong a chance for the disgraced cyclist to publicly recognize his numerous wrongs, and seek forgiveness from his fans, or is it just another narcissistic attempt from someone who is backed in a corner trying to shift gears in the hopes rebooting his career?