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ARC Group Canada annual seminar and cocktail, June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

How will marijuana legalization affect the insurance biz? That was the organizing question of the ARC Group Canada’s annual seminar and cocktail, entitled “Smoke Hazards,” Speakers at the June 1 event in Toronto included Marlene Jesso of the Task Force

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Opposition MPs concerned about lack of a ‘ready, usable, reliable roadside screening device’ for marijuana impairment

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Opposition MPs spoke Monday in favour of a bill that would raise the maximum sentence for impaired driving causing death and let Canadian police test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment but expressed strong concerns about the ruling Liberals’ plan

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Criminal Code changes proposing mandatory alcohol screening of drivers tabled for second reading

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government is aiming to remove the “bolus drinking” loophole with amendments to the Criminal Code provisions on impaired driving, Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould suggested Friday on Parliament Hill. If Bill C-46 is passed into law, Canadian

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Legislation allowing alcohol testing of drivers without prior suspicion tabled on Parliament Hill

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

If legislation tabled last week is passed into law, Canadian police officers would be able to test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment and the Criminal Code of Canada would be amended to clarify that police drug recognition experts could

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Police are conducting ‘search’ when knocking on door to investigate allegations of drinking and driving: Court

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a crown appeal of an impaired driving acquittal, in which a Saskatchewan Provincial Court judge ruled that a police officer knocking on the apartment door of a registered vehicle owner constituted

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One in 10 polled Canadians admit to driving under the influence of marijuana, State Farm Canada survey finds

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One in 10 respondents to a recent State Farm Canada survey admit that they have driven under the influence of marijuana (45% within the past 12 months), but nearly half this group said they don’t believe marijuana impacts their ability

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Court finds Toronto Transit Commission has ‘demonstrated workplace drug and alcohol problem’

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A judge has denied an application for an injunction that would have prohibited the Toronto Transit Commission from randomly testing 20% of its employees every year for drug and alcohol use. In a ruling released Monday, Mr. Justice Frank Marrocco

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Growth Industry

March 1, 2017 Alexis Moulton, Partner; and Nathaniel Brenneis, Student-at-Law, McLennan Ross LLP

With Ottawa’s move to legalize marijuana for recreational use this year, weed looks to be a growth industry, indeed. With that growth, however, are a number of potential insurance issues related to the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana.

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Buzz Kill

February 3, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

The federal government and its partners are hopeful a new pilot project will help curb incidents involving drug-impaired driving. Long a stumbling block to prevention efforts, the project will allow police to use a device capable of helping them assess

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Legalization of marijuana calls for ‘more thorough’ risk assessment from brokers: OIAA speaker

January 31, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes is “creating a challenge” for claims adjusters and brokers alike, with a need for customized insurance policies for producers and for updating lease agreements, a speaker suggested at a conference Tuesday. “Possession of

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Motorists’ oral drug testing trial to ‘help establish possible future operating procedures:’ Public Safety Canada

December 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

In a pilot project involving anonymous volunteers, several police departments across Canada will start using oral fluid screening devices to test drivers for drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, the federal government announced Wednesday. “None of the results from the

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The Straight Dope

December 8, 2016 Emily Atkins, Editor

Reefer, dope, Mary-Jane, weed, ganga, bud, airplane, Aunt Mary, doob, grass, herb, skunkweed, wacky tabaccy, Miley Cyrus…