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CN ON: 'Guilty Of Caring'
Cop faces hearing over removal of cat from stoned owner's home An award-winning Durham Regional Police officer who rescued a "cowering" kitten from a stoned pet owner's home will face a police tribunal on Monday, charged with discreditable conduct.
CN AB: 'Drugged Driving Suit' Teaches Safety
Edmonton police used a novel way to demonstrate how drugs and alcohol influence drivers in an effort to curb the number of collisions expected over the winter holidays.
CN BC: Officer Intervention Rules To Change
Watchdog to revise protocols for police actions during overdoses due to concerns about potential liability when helping victims
CN BC: Comics To Raise Cash For Illegal Injection Site
Recovered heroin addict Mark B. Hughes hopes to raise $10,000 - and chip in a drug joke or two Vancouver comedians will trade jokes for serious cash Thursday to support an illegal supervised-injection tent in the Downtown Eastside.

Opinions

CN ON: Column: Beware Deep, Deadly Sleep Of Fentanyl
'It's such a silent killer that nobody knows about,' mom says It's the end of November and the light is woolly, the forest barren, still, out behind the Dolman place, perched on a ridge in North Gower.
CN MB: Column: Sometimes, The Drug Problem Is Your Kid
Parents need to realize addiction knows no demographic boundaries THERE are many ways a parent can lose a child to drugs. They might overdose and die. They might get lost to addiction, which is a kind of death. Or they might be killed by drug-related violence - such as Cooper Nemeth, whose body was found in a recycling bin in February, or TJ Wiebe, who was beaten, strangled and left to die in a field in 2003.
CN ON: Editorial: Two Solutions We Need Before Pot Is Legal
Considering that the Trudeau government already has a growing problem with election promises, the last thing it wants is to wobble on marijuana legalization, which will come to fruition sometime in early to mid-2017. A task force, bureaucrats and politicians are working a legislative framework to go before Parliament next spring with a rollout plan to follow.
CN BC: Column: Just Like Sodom And Gomorrah
We've now had a few years of the low-barrier, harm reduction approach to solving or coping with our widespread illicit drug use epidemic.

Letters

CN ON: News flash: War On Pot Is Over
Bill Blair and Ann McClellan blather on about a strictly regulated marijuana market. Ask yourself, "Is there a high school student anywhere in Canada today who can't get a joint at lunch?"
CN AB: High Drama
I have to laugh at all the hype about drugged driving on pot. Have you read your prescription drugs packaging? May cause drowsiness, do not operate machinery etc. So where are the tests for impairment for mind-altering prescription drugs? Oh, I know, pick and choose what laws to enforce and what laws not to enforce.
CN AB: High Drama
I have to laugh at all the hype about drugged driving on pot. Have you read your prescription drugs packaging? May cause drowsiness, do not operate machinery etc. So where are the tests for impairment for mind-altering prescription drugs? Oh, I know, pick and choose what laws to enforce and what laws not to enforce.
CN AB: Shootings Reveal Failure Of Policy
Re: "'We have a problem' city councillor suggests," Nov. 30. If the current spate of shootings is, as suggested by the police, due to "chaotic situations" created by drug users, then it is high time the province takes a hard look at how other societies have drastically changed their policies in the war against drugs.
CN BC: Say Yes To Supervised Consumption Sites
The stigma associated with mental health and addictions is so strong, it takes courage to stand up and say: Yes, we all deserve to receive the supports and treatment we need.
CN BC: Use Reliable Info To Assess Safe Injection Sites
To the editor: I can certainly understand the initial negative reaction that many people would have towards the idea of safe injection sites. It seems like a counter-intuitive initiative that enables addicts instead of helping them. Additionally, it's fair to worry that providing services to addicts normalizes illegal drug-use, opposed to affirming the idea that it's a problem.
CN BC: Front-Line Workers Support Safe Injection Sites
To the editor: Interior Health is proposing Safe Injection Facilities (SIF) in Kelowna and Kamloops.