In 2014, Suncor’s proposal to incorporate a random drug testing policy was quashed when an arbitration panel found that the program would constitute an unreasonable violation of worker privacy. However, a Court of the Queen’s Bench judge overturned this decision after reviewing the evidence, and plans are in the works to review Suncor’s drug testing plan in the coming months.
A recently posted article in the Edmonton Journal has shed some light on to what is now becoming a big problem in the workplace. Leonard Banga of Xtreme Mining and Demolition, located in Saskatoon, has said nearly all of the recent applicants to the company had failed a routine drug test. During a ten day period, 22 out of 26 individuals failed the drug test.
If you own a vehicle you have without a doubt noticed substantial change for the cost to fill your tank. For the average white collar worker the savings is a bonus, but for many blue collar workers in Alberta 2015 is off to a rocky start as the dropping price of oil impacts employment opportunities across the province.
Wanting to implement a new drug testing program in your business? Do you current have one but are searching for better outcomes? A recent article was published in the "February 2015 edition of the Occupational Health Safety magazine":http://ohsonline.com/Articles/2015/02/01/Innovative-Technology-Helps-Combat-Drug-Use.aspx?m=1&Page=1, pushing for employers to use "Hair Drug testing":http://www.surehire.ca/services/drug-alcohol-program/hair-drug-testing/ as the new and improve way of testing employees who were or are under the influence of drugs.
Over the weekend, "the shooting of two RCMP officers in St. Albert shook up the residents of the city":http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/shawn-rehn-who-police-say-shot-st-albert-mounties-had-lengthy-criminal-record-1.2917780. The man responsible for the shooting was charged with over 100 offences dating back to 1994. “Since 2010 Rehn had been sentenced a total of 10 years in jail for a variety of offences including possession of a prohibited fireman, escape from custody, and breaking and entering.:
Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace - Alcohol and Drug Guidelines and Work Rule On October 8th the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) released an updated version of the Canadian Model. The Canadian Model provides industries with recommendations for drug and alcohol testing procedures; it is the only document of its kind and was created to reduce the risk of substance abuse in the workplace. After numerous edits to improve clarity, consistency, and readability Version 5.0 of the Canadian Model was launched. Click below to view the latest edition.
Earlier this month TSN reported that the Federal Government has been applying pressure to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to direct attention and resources towards drug testing Canadian athletes who are representing Canada while competing at international events.
The oil and gas rich province of Alberta was responsible for all of Canada’s net employment growth over the past 12 months, adding 81,800 jobs while the rest of Canada lost 9,500. Alberta’s immense growth is attracting tens of thousands of young workers to the area on the employment hunt which is quickly becoming the country’s highest paying salaries.