Rebranding: Justin Trudeau and Canadian Coffee

For millions of Canadians, there is no icon in business more collectively beloved than Tim Hortons. “Tim’s” – as the franchise is affectionately called – long ago transcended the humble domain of doughnuts and coffee. Instead, it is now a part of the Canadian national identity – one of those rare brands by which individuals andContinue reading “Rebranding: Justin Trudeau and Canadian Coffee”

Fentanyl vs. Alcohol

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) told us today that there’s been a rise in Fentanyl-related deaths in Saskatchewan. No doubt, this is a major issue. But I also wanted to contextualize this story with some information about booze. * According to the information collected by the Office of the Chief Coroner, there have been 41Continue reading “Fentanyl vs. Alcohol”

Legal pot won’t affect workplace drug testing, expert says

In today’s Star Phoenix, Alex MacPherson reports on mandatory drug testing in the workplace. It’s a thoughtful piece and useful for the business community. The legalization of marijuana will raise numerous issues in the business community, in labour law, and among unions and union members, including pre-employment and random drug testing.  We can see justContinue reading “Legal pot won’t affect workplace drug testing, expert says”

Twin Addictions? Zombies (i.e., The Walking Dead) and Bath Salts

In 2015, we are grappling with the addictive properties of The Walking Dead. Based on the best-selling comic book and developed for TV by Frank Darabont, the series has proven to be as enduring and enslaving as many popular drugs. With only a month left in Season 6, many questions surround the future of Rick,Continue reading “Twin Addictions? Zombies (i.e., The Walking Dead) and Bath Salts”

Saskatoon top place in Canada to be charged for marijuana possession

Saskatoon is one of the cities in Canada that cracks down hardest on possession of minor marijuana and this is incredible, especially in light of the provincial government’s newly unveiled policies on liquor regulation. As seen here and  here, the Wall government has ushered in a series of new rules that liberalizes alcohol policy inContinue reading “Saskatoon top place in Canada to be charged for marijuana possession”

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – MORE ON VAPING

Last year I had opinion-editorials published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and elsewhere. Both focused on “vaping,” Oxford English Dictionary’s word of 2014. My take was this: we need to think more clearly about e-cigarettes in Saskatoon – as well as the wider world. The government needs to get proactive. We, as consumers, should alsoContinue reading “SMOKE AND MIRRORS – MORE ON VAPING”

Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article

Happy Halloween, everybody! The best part of the day is not the cute kids in their adorable costumes. Or the wild parties. Or seeing Michael Jackson’s Thriller over and over and over again. No. The best part has to be the treats. As I was casually munching chocolate bars with my coffee this morning (WunderbarContinue reading “Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article”

LSD Has Wondrous Potential

The return of LSD? Call it a comeback? Maybe, maybe not. Has LSD Matured? The Return of Psychedelic R&D By Lucas Richert and Erika Dyck In February 2014, Scientific American surprised readers with an editorial that called for an end to the ban on psychedelic drug research and criticized drug regulators for limiting access toContinue reading “LSD Has Wondrous Potential”

Is it Time to Treat Heroin Addiction…with Heroin?

This article was posted on Alternet.org and ActiveHistory.ca http://activehistory.ca/2014/12/heroin-as-treatment-the-calculations-of-a-new-junk-equation/ Heroin as treatment? The calculations of a new ‘junk’ equation By Lucas Richert “I have learned the junk equation,” wrote William Burroughs in his semi-autobiographical 1953 book, Junkie. “Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increase enjoyment of life. Junk is not aContinue reading “Is it Time to Treat Heroin Addiction…with Heroin?”