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    Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours

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    Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)

    CAMH / Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse

    Resource Type: Evidence Brief

    Division: Background information only – not applicable

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines is an evidence-based tool to guide choices and improve the health of Canadians who use cannabis.

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    Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis

    Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

    Resource Type: Report

    Division: Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This report identifies some of the reasons why youth use cannabis, their perception regarding drug-impaired driving, and the perceived impact of cannabis on their overall health. The report includes an Interview Guide used by the researchers that can also be used in the classroom as a source of discussion questions. The report emphasizes the importance of providing education regarding the use of cannabis as an effective tool in the decision making process rather than "scare tactics".

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    Cannabis Information for Schools and School Boards

    Ministry of Education

    Resource Type: Fact Sheet

    Division: Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This fact sheet aims to answer the questions schools and school boards may have about the rules for recreational cannabis at school, on school property and at school-related activities, the impact legalization may have on schools, and what information and supports are available for educators, parents/guardians and students.

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    Cannabis Talk Kit: Know how to talk with your teen

    Drug Free Kids Canada

    Resource Type: Talk Kit

    Division: Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    Cannabis Talk Kit: Know how to talk with your teen is a toolkit to help families navigate together through the new cannabis landscape – one that includes the legalization and regulation of cannabis for non-medical or recreational use.

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    Cannabis: Important things to know

    Kids Help Phone

    Resource Type: Website

    Division: Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    A website highlighting the important things to know about cannabis for youth regarding the effects, legality, and how to find supports.

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    Cannabis: What Educators Need to Know

    CAMH and School Mental Health ASSIST

    Resource Type: Info sheet

    Division: Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    Cannabis: What Educators Need to Know has been developed to support educators in having informed conversations with students about recreational cannabis.

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    Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know

    CAMH and School Mental Health ASSIST

    Resource Type: Info sheet

    Division: Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know provides information about cannabis, cannabis legalization, risks, signs of a problem, how to help your child, and where to get more information and support.

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    Curriculum Expectations

    Renfrew County District School Board

    Resource Type: Fact Sheet

    Division: Background information only – not applicable

    This Q&A fact sheet contains a variety of questions and responses related to the inclusion of cannabis within the Health and Physical Education Curriculum for grades 1–12.

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    Cycles

    University of Victoria (British Columbia)

    Resource Type: Classroom Resource

    Division: Intermediate

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This film-based resource provides online videos and facilitator guides for educators in supporting classroom discussion of cannabis use and misuse. Teachers can use the guide, discussion questions, and classroom activities to help students understand why youth use cannabis and to recognize abuses. The lesson plans also provide educators with an opportunity to improve their cannabis literacy.

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    Don’t Drive High

    Government of Canada

    Resource Type: Website

    Division: Intermediate/ Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This website examines the different types of drug-impaired driving, the risks, the laws, and the enforcement of the laws. The campaign includes a series of youth-focused videos.

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    Drugs and Driving

    University of Victoria (British Columbia)

    Resource Type: Classroom Resource

    Division: Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    These lesson plans and facilitator’s guide focus on providing youth in grades 10–12 with the knowledge and skills they need regarding impaired driving, including driving under the influence of cannabis. Students will increase their social media knowledge by creating their own social marketing strategy to address this issue. They can also use an interactive website and app to learn about the effects of driving while impaired.

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    Drug Use Among Ontario Students, 1977–2017

    Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

    Resource Type: Report

    Division: Background information only – not applicable

    This report, updated every two years, provides educators with a snapshot of the current alcohol and drug (including cannabis) use among youth in grades 7–12 across Ontario. Educators can pull data specific to their region and observe what the current trends are in order to focus their lesson plans appropriately. Schools can use the data to determine how to focus their preventative programs, services, and lessons in order to meet the needs of the youth in their community.

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    Health Effects of Cannabis

    Health Canada

    Resource Type: Fact Sheet

    Division: Background information only – not applicable

    This fact sheet highlights potentially harmful short-term and long-term side effects of cannabis use on the brain and body.

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    iMinds

    University of Victoria (British Columbia)

    Resource Type: Classroom Resource

    Division: Junior/Intermediate, Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This online resource provides the educator with a number of resources regarding drug and gambling literacy for youth in grades 4–12, including cannabis specific resources. For instance, consult "Youth Voices on Marijuana" for grade 7, an instructional outline that encourages positive discussions on cannabis. Lessons and materials provided use current media resources and historical texts to show how drugs have been used throughout history to medically help individuals while also highlighting why drugs are misused. Students are encouraged to think critically about their attitudes and beliefs towards drugs. Cross-curricular lessons are also provided for English and Social Science educators. 

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    Is Cannabis Safe to Use? Facts for Youth Aged 13–17 Years

    Health Canada

    Resource Type: Fact Sheet

    Division: Intermediate/ Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This fact sheet contains key messages for youth aged 13-17 years old about cannabis and supporting information about the effects of cannabis use on the health of teens.

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    Level Up

    Ophea

    Resource Type: Classroom Resource

    Division: Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This online resource provides lesson plans to use with students aged 6 to 18 on substance use (including cannabis use) and well-being. Activities and videos are provided to increase student knowledge and awareness regarding substance use while promoting positive discussions within the classroom.

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    Parents: Help Your Teen Understand What's Fact and Fiction about Marijuana

    Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

    Resource Type: Infographic

    Division: Background information only – not applicable

    This infographic, designed for parents and educators, compares the perception amongst teens of marijuana use with researched facts. It highlights areas of misunderstanding amongst teens and can be used to support discussion in the classroom.

    Pot and Driving

    Pot and Driving

    Canadian Public Health Association

    Resource Type: Website

    Division: Intermediate/ Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This website provides information to facilitate conversations and raise awareness among young drivers and passengers on the harms associated with cannabis-impaired driving.

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    Sensible Cannabis Education: A Toolkit for Educating Youth

    Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

    Resource Type: Toolkit

    Division: Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This resource provides factual information and lessons with the goal of supporting adults in having informed and non-judgemental conversations with youth about cannabis.

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    Talking Pot with Youth - A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies

    Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addictions

    Resource Type: Guide

    Division: Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    The Talking Pot with Youth guide has been created in collaboration with youth to provide adults with the tools they may need to have engaging conversations with youth regarding cannabis use. The guide presents a self-assessment process to determine potential biases on cannabis use and how to set aside these biases before speaking to youth about cannabis use. This guide provides tools to have judgement free cannabis conversations youth want to have with the adults in their lives.

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    TDSB Cannabis Misuse Prevention

    Toronto District School Board

    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Division: Junior/Intermediate, Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    The lessons on this page have been created by TDSB teachers to align with the Health and Physical Education curriculum. In addition to providing information about cannabis, these lessons are designed to promote wellness and mental health, build resiliency, and develop 21st century learning and coping skills.

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    Talking With Teenagers About Drugs

    Government of Canada

    Resource Type: Info sheet

    Division: Junior/ Intermediate & Intermediate/ Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    This info sheet provides information about cannabis and tips for talking about drugs with teenagers.

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    The Blunt Truth

    CAMH

    Resource Type: Guide

    Division: Intermediate/Senior

    H&PE Curriculum Connections

    The Blunt Truth has been developed by youth for youth which provides teens with background information to make informed decisions regarding cannabis use. Short-term and long-term risks of cannabis use are presented and who should exercise caution when using cannabis.

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    The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence

    Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

    Resource Type: Report

    Division: Background information only – not applicable

    This report summarizes the current scientific evidence related to cannabis use and provides a thorough assessment of cannabis research. Educators may use this report to support discussion in the classroom.

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