Opposition parties in the House of Commons have forced changes to legislation introduced by the minority Conservative government designed to eliminate conditional sentencing for certain offences. The legislation no longer applies to drug offences.
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is a research and development institute under the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. THL seeks to serve the broader society in addition to the scientific community, actors in the field and decision-makers in central government and municipalities. The aim is to promote health and welfare in Finland.
The long-term fate of Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection facility, remains in doubt. The federal government granted a 16-month renewal of Insite's exemption under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, but refused to grant the three-year exemption Insite was seeking. The government said that more information is needed on whether Insite has been successful, despite a slew of scientific studies that have demonstrated Insite's value in terms of both health and public safety.
A unit of the U.S. National Research Council providing independent analysis to the federal government and the nation on matters of science and technology affecting public policy on research needs, environmental quality, natural resources, and other issues in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and cold regions in general.
On 11 April 2008, the Federal Court allowed the application of Castillo Ramirez and Viccon Palacios for judicial review of a decision by the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board, which found that the applicants were neither Convention refugees nor persons in need of protection.