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Health: August 2013 Archives

Lévis needs water before this Winter

The City of Lévis is beginning to look for a back-up plan to ensure its water supply in the upcoming months. For the last six weeks, since oil from the Lac Mégantic rail disaster seeped in to the Chaudière River, the city has had to get all its water from other sources.

Environment authorities say it's still too soon for the city to reconnect the system to the Chaudière river. That means restrictions on water use by residents will continue.

To give us an update on the situation, we spoke to Lévis's Director of environmental affairs, Jean-Claude Belles-Isles.

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Pharmacists asking for government to pay for extra services

Radio-Canada.ca_pharmaciens_sn635.jpgGetting an extension on your prescription medicine usually means setting up an appointment with your doctor or waiting for hours in a medical clinic. But, as of September 3rd, Quebeckers will be able to do this at their local pharmacy.

And that's not all. Registered pharmacists will also be able to provide 6 other services. There's a hitch though. While these changes are only weeks away from being put in place, it's still unclear who will have to pay the bill.

We spoke to Jean Thiffault, president of the Association representing pharmacy owners in Quebec.

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Driver's licence revoked for use of medical marijuana

CBC.ca-marijuana-plant.jpgA man from Trois-Rivières who uses medicinal marijuana has appealed to Quebec's Administrative Tribunal to have his driver's license reinstated.

It was revoked by Quebec's Automobile Insurance Board in 2011. Dany William Provencher had been receiving compensation from the SAAQ for head injuries sustained in two separate car accidents.

As a result of those injuries, he also received a prescription for the medicinal use of marijuana. Provencher then contacted the SAAQ himself, thinking the costs of this prescription could be reimbursed. Instead, his license was taken away.

Advocates for the use of medicinal marijuana, such as the Montreal Compassion Center, believe this decision is an unfair and discriminatory measure. Marc Boris St-Maurice is the Director at the Montreal Compassion Center, a not-for-profit organization that distributes medicinal cannabis. We reached him in Montreal this morning. We also spoke to the SAAQ's medical advisor on road safety Dr. Jamie Dow. 

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