Ford calls drug decriminalization a ‘nightmare’ that will ‘never’ happen in Ontario

Drug decriminalization is an “absolute nightmare” that will “never” happen under Ontario’s Progressive-Conservative government, Premier Doug Ford says. Ford made the comments to reporters on Friday amid a national debate over the policy, which was recently rejected in Toronto by the federal government. “It’s an absolute nightmare. It would be a disaster,” Ford said. “As … Read more

Poilievre blames B.C. decriminalization, drug policy for record deaths

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre says his treatment-centric approach to tackle the opioid crisis would face significant challenges if he was prime minister. “Oh, it will definitely be a challenge,” Poilievre said in an interview with Global News’ Focus B.C. host Richard Zussman in Ottawa on Thursday when asked about staffing additional treatment facilities and finding … Read more

Addiction a ‘health-care crisis’ as B.C. eyes public drug use ban: minister

Federal Mental Health and Addictions Minister Ya’ara Saks says the government remains “wholeheartedly committed” to working with British Columbia as the premier wants to scale back the province’s drug decriminalization exemption. The goal is to allow police to intervene in public illicit drug use following reports of drug use in places like hospitals and Tim … Read more