Reminder - Community Consultation on Supervised Injection Services in our community
Please join Councillor Mike Layton and myself, as well as Toronto Public Health and the Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre, on Thursday April 14, 7-9pm at the Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. W), for a community consultation on supervised injection services in our community.
Overdose is a serious public health issue in our City - working together with our community is a critical part of the process to improve public health. On March 21, Toronto's Board of Health approved recommendations from Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, to move forward with next steps to introduce supervised injection services in the City of Toronto. These services are critical both to save lives and improve community safety.
One of the three proposed sites seeking to introduce small-scale supervised injection services is located at Bathurst and Richmond, on the border of Wards 19 and 20. Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre has been a member of our community for 45 years, and has been located at its current site at Bathurst and Richmond for over 20. It is home to many medical offices, counselling services, community programs and harm reduction services.
The first step in this process is working together to share information, answer questions and address concerns. Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre has begun holding weekly Open Houses at the Centre, every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm. Councillor Layton and I also want to make sure that we have an opportunity to come together as a community to discuss the services, provide information, and address any concerns you may have. Please join us on April 14 to do just that.
If you have any questions, please contact my office at any time. You can also view information that we have distributed in the community here, and go to joecressy.com/public_health for more on supervised injection services.