A SUPERVISED INJECTION SITE IS NOT THE ANSWER
After extensive research and study of a complex issue, For A Better Cambridge feels that a Supervised Injection Site in the Galt core is the wrong approach. The community impact can be significant, the number of citizens helped is very small, the costs are major and the resulting support for drug dealers seems counter-productive. We must do better.
DR HANK NYKAMP PRESENTATION TO REGIONAL COUNCIL
On Dec 13, 2017 at Waterloo Regional Council, Dr Nykamp made an impassioned plea to consider a better way. We agree with Dr Nykamp that a treatment approach where drugs are provided should be considered for our region. Since his presentation, Regional Council has instructed Public Health to broaden the scope of their SIS feasibility study to include this new treatment approach. We will do our best to encourage this direction. Please listen to Dr Nykamp's presentation for the valuable background.
B.C. PILOT PROJECT TO DISTRIBUTE CLEAN OPIOIDS TO HIGH OVERDOSE RISK PEOPLE
We can learn from British Columbia's experience. It certainly supports the recommendations from Dr Nykamp. Please review this recent newspaper article about this new project and the embedded interview with the B.C. Health Minister. If they can do it, we can too.
For A Better Cambridge is a grassroots movement of concerned Cambridge residents and businesses who want to see our city thrive and prosper.
We have a few key concerns:
• the safety and security of residents in the downtown areas and surrounding neighbourhoods, school yards, and community parks
• the state of our downtown core, which could be cleaner, more vibrant, and more welcoming to residents and visitors
• appropriate support for the homeless, drug addicted, and those with mental health issues - while minimizing the impact on surrounding neighbourhoods and businesses
• an equitable distribution of support services across the greater Waterloo region
What is our position on homelessness?
Cambridge should provide a high level of assistance for the homeless - but should also ensure that local shelters are not overcrowded, that there are adequate constructive day programs for residents, and that there is more affordable housing in the region.
What is our position on drug addiction?
Cambridge should provide a high level of health and social services for our residents suffering from drug addiction.
What is our position on the Cambridge task force that is working on these challenges?
We have representatives on the Cambridge task force, enabling us to provide direct input to the task force – from a grassroots perspective.
What is our position on the role of regional and provincial governments?
We believe that our local challenges require significant support from both regional and provincial governments.
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