Test for drugs

The London Free Press - - LETTERS -

Since the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has loos­ened the rules on pot smok­ing in Canada, is it time to re­view union con­tracts that pro­hibit manda­tory drug test­ing in po­lice, fire and bus union con­tracts.

Presently, these union mem­bers are not com­pelled to sub­mit to drug test­ing af­ter a “crit­i­cal in­ci­dent.”

A union mem­ber who can use “deadly force” is al­lowed to go home af­ter a shoot­ing, or other deadly force in­ci­dent, with­out drug test­ing, is pro­hib­ited from of­fer­ing the same ev­i­dence as they would de­mand at a roadside stop.

It is un­con­scionable that a mem­ber can be deemed OK to work if his shift su­per­vi­sor looks at him in the morn­ing, and “feels” he is OK.

As flight crew on an air­craft, I was aware that af­ter any in­ci­dent, I would be tested for drugs or al­co­hol at any time.

So why do we not hold po­lice and fire­fight­ers to the same stan­dard? John Day Lon­don

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