Impaired is Impaired.  What is Drugged Driving?

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), defines the terms “drugged driving”, and “drug-impaired driving” as driving a motor vehicle while impaired by any type of drug or medication or combination of drugs, medication and alcohol. These include illegal substances, mind-altering prescription medications, and over-the-counter remedies and medications that affect an individual’s ability to drive safely.

Studies show that driving high nearly doubles the risk of an accident, and a recent study commissioned by DFK Canada found that nearly one third (32%) of teens feel driving high (after marijuana use) is not as risky as drunk driving, while one in four high school seniors say they have ridden in a car with a high driver.

Our latest campaign, “The Call That Comes After,” aims to drive home the dangers of high driving and being a passenger in a car with a driver who has used marijuana to parents and teens.



DFK has developed a modern tool of communications allowing parents an easy way to begin an important conversation with their kids about the dangers of driving high – even when it’s not easy.  We urge parents to try it out.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of the two is very dangerous.  The use of any psychoactive (mind-altering) drug makes it highly unsafe to drive a car and is illegal—just like driving after drinking alcohol.

High driving puts at risk not only the driver but also passengers and others who share the road. 


What can you do?  CLICK HERE for more information


Inaugural crowdfunding effort to launch November 10, 2017

OTTAWA, October 2017 – Camp Aftermath – a project of the Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization Aftermath Association – which seeks to help veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD, will be launching its first crowdfunding effort in advance of Remembrance Day, on November 10th, 2017. Aftermath Association will also be hosting a launch party at Casey’s restaurant on Ogilvie Road in Ottawa to commemorate the campaign launch and to thank the Aftermath Association family for all their hard work in reaching this important milestone.

Camp Aftermath’s GoFundMe Campaign seeks to raise $10,000 to assist with sending the first rotation (#Roto0) of Camp Aftermath participants to Costa Rica in fall 2018 to engage in long-term management of PTSD through active philanthropy.

“I am thrilled to announce the first crowdfunding project for Camp Aftermath’s Roto0. We hope to raise $10,000, which will put us even closer to our goal of sending the first group of veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD to Costa Rica next year.”

– Farid Yaghini, Founder and Chairman of the Aftermath Assoc.

Camp Aftermath, a new-initiative sanctuary in Costa Rica, will support all service people, including active armed forces members and veterans, police officers, paramedics, and members of the fire service, who suffer from PTSD or OSI. Organized as a 15-day retreat, Camp Aftermath seeks to eliminate mental anguish by introducing participants to a curriculum that focuses on volunteerism as a mechanism for self-healing. Participants will engage in charity work in Costa Rica while also receiving holistic treatments and taking part in calming activities (including yoga and working with nature) within a healing and safe environment.

To learn more about Camp Aftermath, please visit our website at or follow Camp Aftermath on social media!


Over 4,000 kids on Big Brothers Big Sisters Waitlist in Canada

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS organization says it needs urgently needs volunteers across the country.

Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians need a mentor and over 4,000 kids are currently waiting to be matched with a caring adult in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across Canada.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) officially launched a campaign today to draw attention to the urgent need for more volunteers.

While mentors from all regions and cultural backgrounds across the gender spectrum are needed, the demand for male volunteers is especially high. Volunteering for only one hour a week can change the course of a young life.

“Many young Canadians struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions and family violence, mental health and school issues as well as identity challenges,” said Peter Coleridge, National President and CEO, BBBSC. “Simply having someone who listens and encourages them, youth can transform into confident and motivated young people and, more importantly, break cycles of poverty and crime and curb the development of mental health issues.”

The two-way, back and forth relationship between a mentor and mentee positively impacts brain development and equips youth with the skills needed to deal with adversities and stress they face in a complicated world.

Youth who have been mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters programming are 17% more likely to be gainfully employed as adults and they earn 13% more on average in those jobs, resulting in $315,000 of increased earnings over their career.

They also have stronger social networks and report being happier and more confident.

This newly launched national recruitment campaign, which features the slogan “Imagine who they will become because of you” captures the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters programming by showcasing current mentoring relationships across Canada. Presented by Manulife, the campaign gives potential volunteers and donors a glimpse of the community change they can support with their time and donations.

Some celebrities supporting the cause include Gord Bamford, country music star, and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames. More information can be found at



About Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing the lives of Canada’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of group, in-school and one-on-one mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides quality mentoring services for more than 40,000 youth, engaging over 21,000 mentors in 108 agencies that serve youth in over 1,100 communities across the country.

Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs yield positive results in mental health, employment and civic engagement, with every dollar of investment in BBBS programming returning between $18 and $23 to society through higher taxes, increased spending from higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations. For more information, visit