The National Post reports in its Tuesday, Jan. 29, edition that the head of the Toronto region transportation agency Metrolinx says workers in so-called safety-sensitive positions will be banned from using recreational cannabis at all times so that the company can protect the public as well as its employees. A Canadian Press dispatch to the Post reports that chief executive officer Phil Verster said the provincial agency -- which operates GO Transit trains and buses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area -- is making the change to its fitness-for-duty policy after spending a year studying
the effects cannabis use can have on reaction time. He said: "We've had to make the very difficult call on whether the safety interests of the public and our communities outweighs the interests of the individual to use cannabis on a recreational basis. We've decided very clearly that the safety of everyone is paramount." Workers in approximately 140 different roles will be banned from using pot under the policy that takes effect Friday. The agency employs approximately 3,700 people and hundreds of contractors who operate GO Transit trains. CP says the Amalgamated Transit Union is exploring a possible court challenge.
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