FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday August 14, 2018 – 7:30 AM
Toronto City Councillor Lucy Troisi calls for a moratorium on
Injections Sites in Ward 28
Toronto Councillor Lucy Troisi is calling on the City of Toronto to halt the expansion of Supervised Injection Sites and Overdose Prevention Sites in her Ward – Ward 28
"I will bring a motion to the next regular meeting of City Council for approval. I believe proliferation of these facilities in one neighbourhood runs contrary to any common sense or any reasonable
planning approach. We have to put neighbourhoods first", announced Troisi, the Toronto Councillor for Ward 28.
"Our neighbourhood has the most injection and overdose prevention sites of any neighbourhood in the world. It's time to press the "Pause" button and say no new sites in Ward 28", she added.
"We need to ensure that existing sites are adequately staffed and supported in order to maximize their effectiveness and safety.
“Throughout my public career I’ve always supported treatment for addiction and mental health
issues. Deploying harm reduction strategies is essential, but putting all the treatment sites in one neighbourhood is wrong and a disservice to the people we are trying to help," said Councillor Troisi.
"Ask anyone in this neighbourhood and they will tell you it has been very challenging to live here."
"Yesterday we learned that the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has started a Province-wide review of such facilities. As Minister Christine Elliot reviews the efficacy of these facilities she should also consider the impact on neighbourhoods in the siting of any new facilities. I have requested a meeting with Minister Elliot so that I can bring the views of our community directly to the Government of Ontario.”
Troisi added, “I would challenge the Minister of Health, the Mayor of Toronto and other Toronto City Councillors to come and walk this neighbourhood with me before they make any future decision on safe injection or overdose prevention sites.”
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