Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Investor-Protection)

The head of an investment watchdog organization says changes to the B-C Securities Act will help to protect vulnerable investors -- especially seniors.

Andrew Kriegler is C-E-O of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, whose reach will be expanded by the amendments.

The organization, along with anti-poverty and seniors' groups, has lobbied the government for legislation allowing it to enforce its rules and discipline those who bilk investors.

The group says the beefed-up enforcement tools will allow it to collect fines through B-C Supreme Court. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Marijuana-Testing)

While B-C says it needs to hear from Ottawa about what technology might be approved for testing marijuana impairment in drivers, some experts say existing techniques are as good as it gets.

Specially trained drug recognition officers currently conduct field sobriety tests based largely on visual assessments, rather than testing of bodily fluids.

Criminal defence lawyer Kirk Tousaw, who specializes in cannabis policy, says trying to determine impairment through bodily fluid testing is impossible and invasive.

He says trained officers are a better judge of impairment than an "arbitrary" measure of T-H-C -- the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Overdose-Increase)

Vancouver Coastal Health is urging people to have their drugs checked at supervised consumption or overdose prevention sites after a high number of overdoses were reported this week.

The health authority says drug checks have found high concentrations of fentanyl in heroin.

And police in Victoria say they have responded to five overdoses within a nine-hour period between last night and this morning -- one of which was fatal.

They say the high number of calls is exhausting their supply of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. …

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