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”

HEAT, 20 YEARS LATER

In December 1995, my movie-world was rocked to its foundations with the release of Heat, Michael Mann’s L.A.-based crime masterpiece. I had never seen or heard anything like it. The action sequences were thoughtful, gritty, and cacophonous. The story, while not overly complicated, was compelling. I staggered out of the theater (Saskatoon’s now defunct Capitol Four)Continue reading “HEAT, 20 YEARS LATER”

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”

Lumbersexuality in Saskatoon? Oh – and a Bit About Psychiatry

First David Beckham brought us the metrosexual look and now we have witnessed the rise of the “lumbersexual.” In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary just named it one of the most important words of 2015. (Emoji won. But “lumbersexuality” was in the mix.) In Saskatoon, SK, you will see these particular bearded, booted, manly-men in specialtyContinue reading “Lumbersexuality in Saskatoon? Oh – and a Bit About Psychiatry”

Gordon Oakes-Redbear Student Centre

It is simply awesome that the the G. Oakes-Redbear Student Centre is nearly open. The finishing touches are being put on the building right now. As it stands, it looks like this. And it will only look better as the University of Saskatchewan prepares for the grand opening. I firmly believe that this will augurContinue reading “Gordon Oakes-Redbear Student Centre”

Cannabis Conundrum in Canada

I recently wrote on Canada’s changing medical marijuana laws for Alternet.org and a number of other sources. See below: On June 11, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadians with a valid prescription could take medical marijuana in other forms besides just a dried form. In short, the Supreme Court enlarged the definition ofContinue reading “Cannabis Conundrum in Canada”