Opinion Column

A heroin user injects himself in New London, Conn., in this March 23, 2016 file photo. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Evidence supports fight for harm reduction plans

The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.

In this June 10, 2010 file photo, Dr. Nada Jabado in a lab at the Montreal Children's Hospital is taking a sample of DNA from a patient's blood. (Marie-France Coallier/Postmedia Network)

Laws needed to prevent genetic discrimination

Access to genetic testing represents a tremendous breakthrough in people's ability to manage their health. Identifying genetic markers can lead to early intervention in conditions ranging from Alzheimer's to some cancers.

QNX (BlackBerry) concept vehicle. (Handout)

Road to robo-car future filled with costly pothole

Every week it seems another news item heralds the imminent demise of the human-operated automobile. Latest to the party is Canada's BlackBerry, which aims to recast itself as a maker of software for autonomous cars. That's fine.

A truck unloads garbage on January 21, 2016 at the city's landfill site on Mohawk Street in Brantford, Ont. (Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network)

Ontario plan to cut waste won't be cheap or easy

The Ontario government is planning a total revamp of the province's garbage-handling programs, from blue boxes to fluorescent bulbs to kitchen scraps, hoping to cut the waste we make by 80 per cent over the next 35 years.