One of the most interesting, and certainly most contentious, issues I learned more about this month is the proposed medically-supervised injection services. Before the presentation started on March 6, speculation was voiced when someone asked if the presentation was only going to be in support of the sites or would another voice be heard.
Long story made short, two presentations in favour of the proposition were made, then 60 people broke into smaller groups and had discussion. Every table voiced some common proposals: one site in McCauley and the rest in other areas of the city – specifically Whyte Avenue, Jasper Place, Inglewood, and Fort Road. A multiple of sites will negatively impact the community, and the site area needs to be tightly controlled with a police presence.
So, will feedback from PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA be sincerely considered, or will this be another “check-off-the-box community engagement done, let’s move on with our (City) plan.” I pray it will be the former.