By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 Fresh from liberalizing the public use of cannabis, Premier Doug Ford says it may be time to loosen restrictions on drinking alcohol in public. Ford has amended the previous Liberal government’s policy on marijuana so that it can be smoked anywhere cigarettes can — except in cars and boats — when legalization kicks in next month. On Friday, he expressed openness to allowing Ontarians to also enjoy beer or wine in parks. “I hear John Tory’s all for drinking in the parks now,” the premier said, referring to the Toronto mayor’s comments Thursday that Ontario should modernize its booze laws. “So I’m going to have to sit down with John and a couple of the other municipal ministers and get their input and consult about it,” said Ford, who himself does not drink alcohol. Article Continued … [Read more...] about Doug Ford says he’ll talk about loosening law on public drinking
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By Emma Teitel National Columnist Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 If the mayor is true to his word, Toronto the Good will need a new nickname (let’s face it, ‘The Six’ is dead). I propose Toronto, the Not 100-per-cent Lame. Yesterday John Tory suggested to a group of reporters that he thinks the prospect of Torontonians consuming cannabis in public isn’t such a terrible idea, because it would be “a nightmare to try to enforce the difference between somebody smoking a cigarette on a sidewalk and somebody smoking a joint.” Canada-wide cannabis legalization is less than a month away and even though Ontario Premier Doug Ford made comments in the press Friday that contradict his own government’s policy plans (he said he doesn’t think pot should be smoked where kids are), it’s possible Ontario cannabis users will be able to consume the substance in parks and other public spaces, come October 17. This would be fantastic, … [Read more...] about Pot in public places? Er, we’re doing this already ….
By David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Thu., Sept. 27, 2018 Torontonians about to legally smoke pot in city parks should maybe also have the option of a beer or glass of wine, says Mayor John Tory. Tory, who is running for re-election, made the comment to reporters Thursday when asked if he supports Ontario rules that people will be able to smoke marijuana where they can legally smoke tobacco. “It would be a nightmare to try to enforce the difference between somebody smoking a cigarette on a sidewalk and somebody smoking a joint,” Tory said after a police recruit graduation ceremony. “I guess now it does probably prompt us to do something that I’ve talked about ... to say if people want to enjoy, which they seem to be doing, a glass of wine or a beer in a park, which I think most people are quite responsible enough to do, we should take look at that kind of thing as part of this continuation of the reform of our laws.” Open alcohol offences … [Read more...] about Time to consider legalizing drinking in parks, Mayor John Tory says
(Reuters Health) - Drinking water violations may be more common in U.S. counties with greater numbers of minorities, low-income families, and uninsured households, a new report suggests.More efforts are needed to ensure everyone in the U.S. has access to safe drinking water, the authors say."The Flint Water Crisis demonstrated that while the United States has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, there are problems. Flint is not an isolated incident," coauthors Yolanda McDonald and Nicole Jones told Reuters Health by email.McDonald is with the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Jones is with the University of Missouri in Columbia.McDonald and Jones say they wanted a better sense of how often water violations occur and whether "people of color and low socioeconomic status were more likely to be disproportionately burdened by poor water quality."The authors used information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water … [Read more...] about Drinking water violations more common in impoverished counties
By Sidhartha Banerjee The Canadian Press Mon., March 12, 2018 MONTREAL — A non-profit group that advocates for sensible alcohol consumption chided the federal and provincial governments Monday for what it calls their inaction on sugary alcohol drinks following the death of a Quebec teen. Educ’alcool director Hubert Sacy said he’s not impressed with the response from lawmakers after the death of 14-year-old Athena Gervais, who reportedly consumed such a product last month. Sacy said he was alarmed last fall when reports from emergency room doctors and ambulance technicians suggested teens being transported to hospitals with alcohol poisoning after consuming similar products was becoming a weekly occurrence. “The sad thing was that both governments said to each other ‘it’s not me, it’s you,’ instead of saying what they could do,” Sacy said of Gervais’ death. Read more: Article Continued Below … [Read more...] about Advocacy group calls on governments to act on sugary, alcoholic drinks after death of Quebec teen