APNS Position Paper
on the Sale and Recreational Use
of Cannabis in Nova Scotia

The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) has concerns about the upcoming legalized sale and use of cannabis in Nova Scotia. In response to the consultation by federal government and the widespread discussion in media and by the public, APNS believes it is important to summarize some key points in the attached statement.

The stated purpose of the federal legislation is not to promote recreational use of cannabis, but rather

to displace the current illegal system with a regulated system that will be better able to prevent use by youth and limit harmful use in general.

As an evidence‐based profession, part of our mandate is to advocate for policies that inform and promote the mental health and overall wellness of Nova Scotians. We are particularly concerned about the implications of cannabis legalization on youth and young adults and strongly advocate for a public health regulatory model, similar to the approach taken to tobacco.

We support the policies of the following organization, which we have referenced in this document:

The Center for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

Thank you to the APNS Executive and Advocacy Committees for their work in creating this document.

APNS Policy Paper Legalization of Cannabis


CPAP Leadership Conference

Effective Communication and Leadership in a crowded landscape

Hosted by the Practice Directorate of the Canadian Psychological Association

January 26 (8:00-4:30) and January 27 (8:00-12:00), 2018

Delta Hotels by Marriott, Ottawa City Center Ottawa, ON

The Practice Directorate of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPAP) invites psychology clinicians, leaders in hospital and community programs, students, clinical researchers and academics to this exciting 1½ day Conference. This conference will be relevant not only individuals currently in leadership, but to all psychologists (e.g., private practice, Heads of Departments (Academia), Training Directors, Chairs of Committees) and graduate students who are interested in learning skills to communicate more effectively (e.g., in meetings, preparing proposals for funding, etc.) and to help move the discipline of psychology forward. Registration is a nominal fee of $100 for Psychologists, $25 for students (inclusive of HST), and includes meals for the duration of the program.

Space is limited to 150 participants so be sure to submit your registration by December 24, 2017.

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A block of rooms at the Delta Hotels by Marriott, Ottawa City Centre is being held until at the rate of $139/night. Please contact the Delta directly to book your room as soon as possible, or follow this link:

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Nova Scotia organizations recognized for fostering psychologically healthy workplaces

Local business, research, and health communities recognized the
accomplishments of outstanding organizations at the 6th Nova Scotia Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards on July 17. Four Nova Scotia companies were recognized for their achievements in developing and fostering supportive and healthy workplaces:

Jazz Aviation LP
Jazz embraces its employees as its most valuable asset, driven by a commitment to creating a respectful, safe, healthy, and inclusive culture. They offer programming and employee-driven initiatives in diversity, suicide risk management, mental health training, safeTALK, peer supports, and work-life balance. They have a world-class pilot assistance peer support program, and they emphasize going above and beyond in creating a workplace that is enjoyable, flexible, and accommodating.

Master Merchant Systems (MMS)
MMS is committed to the health and wellness of its employees, with the CEO’s motto being “nothing is sacred except doing the right thing”. This commitment, and the company’s dedication to wellness, pay equity and profit-sharing, is reflected in employees’ high levels of involvement, engagement, and satisfaction. MMS provides comprehensive benefits and wellness initiatives, hosts regular social events, and encourages employee involvement. As a family-owned company, taking care of employees is deeply rooted in MMS’ culture.

Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Inc.
EMC has many healthy workplace policies and initiatives, including their R2MR (Road to Mental Readiness) program, Strategic Resilience for First Responders training, employee feedback meetings with senior leadership, fatigue and flextime policies, and a Peer and Family Support line which is run by peer volunteers 24/7. They have a strong focus on growth and involvement, and have hired a Respectful Workplace Advisor to strengthen their commitment to employee health and wellbeing.

Dalhousie University
Dal prides itself on its ongoing commitment to promote employee health and wellness. Dal offers a Healthy Workplace Award to recognize departments for their outstanding initiatives. They conduct a Quality of Work Life Survey to assess the organization’s total health and to target areas for action. Inclusion, diversity, and leadership are all part of their strategic plan. They strive to create a supportive and collegial atmosphere where people can be at their best.

The awards honour high performing organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the psychological health and well-being of their employees.

PHWA Press Release

More on Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program

The Town of Yarmouth and the Association of Psychologists invite you to
“sit and chat” to promote wellness

Councillor Jim MacLeod and APNS President Todd Leader unveil the Bench

Town of Yarmouth Councillor Jim MacLeod and APNS President Todd Leader unveil the Bench

“Sit and chat for a while” isn’t an invitation you hear much anymore, but the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and the Town of Yarmouth are looking to revive that old-fashioned custom.

APNS has donated a bench in an effort to raise awareness of the value of personal interaction as a way to enhance mental and physical health.

Media Release – Sit and chat

APNS Student Award recipients for 2017

APNS is pleased to announce its Student Awards recipients for 2017.

Congratulations to Perri Tutelman of Dalhousie University who has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Brian Dufton Prize for Graduate Psychology Students.

Congratulations to T-Jay Anderson of Mount Saint Vincent University who has been chosen as the 2016 recipient of  the Gerald Gordon Prize for Undergraduate Psychology Students


The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS)  is a voluntary professional organization established in 1965 to represent psychology in Nova Scotia. APNS is the only provincial association devoted to representing the needs of psychology professionals in the province. APNS promotes psychology as a profession, as a science, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Visit About APNS for more information