Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace

The Cannabis Act will be coming into force on October 17, 2018, and subject to provincial or territorial restrictions, adults will be able to possess, share, buy, or grow legal cannabis up to a designated amount. According to Statistics Canada, Nova Scotians are Canada’s highest per capita consumers, and 4.9 million Canadians are already purchasing…

Quality Management: Built In or Inspected In?

There are a couple of different ways to manage quality and many debates as to the benefits of the various ways. The most economical way in the long run is to build quality in right from the start by involving all employees at all stages. Let’s look at the different approaches suggested in the title.…

Occupational Health & Safety: It’s All About Culture

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the International Safety Culture Summit at Saint Mary’s University. This was an excellent conference with several senior international speakers representing many diverse industries. Conference presenters spoke about the significant challenges associated with changing long established mindsets focused on compliance, utilizing by top-down controls to police workplace safety. As…

Regulatory Reform – Red-Tape Reduction

On July 6th I attended the Joint Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness meeting in Halifax where they presented their first annual report on plans and direction for the future. This initiative can be best explained by the Premier of Nova Scotia, Hon. Stephen McNeil’s message in the annual report: “Businesses across the Maritimes have told us that while they support the principles behind regulations-protecting health and…