On February 15, 2019 SPPA students attended an external learning event hosted by Health Canada. SPPA alumnus Ian Hodges, Manager, Policy Development, Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy with the Office of Drug Policy and Science (Controlled Substances and Cannabis), hosted the event along with three colleagues. The team presented on policies and programs focusing on the growing opioid crisis, legalization of Marijuana and the regulation and health impacts of alcohol.

The topics were fascinating and led to a stimulating and engaging discussion of policy-making and provided an excellent insight into the challenging and complex work of public servants at Health Canada. Many thanks to Ian and colleagues, to those who were able to attend and also Professor Leslie Pal for planning and organising the event. SPPA students, please look for future opportunities to visit departments and meet public policy experts.

Christopher Stoney
Associate Professor, SPPA