FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on Provincial Government's Announcement on Consumption and Treatment Services Sites
Late this afternoon I was informed that the Province had quietly released its decision regarding which consumption and treatment sites would be approved to operate. The news, posted online at 4:00pm on a Friday, will have immediate impacts in the City and Ward 13 communities. I have been told that a number of sites will have to cease operating as of Monday.
Two of the sites that have had their applications refused are located in Ward 13. One is Street Health, located at 338 Dundas Street East and it is expected that they will have to cease operations on Monday. The Works, operated by Toronto Public Health (TPH) at 277 Victoria Street, has also had its application refused, but will be allowed to operate for some period of time with meetings planned between the Province and TPH in the next week.
Closing sites operating today, without a robust plan to address addictions and mental health in the impacted communities, is a disservice to neighbourhoods that have been asking for more help and puts lives at risk. In the Downtown East and elsewhere, harm reduction advocates, clients, and neighbours have been asking for wrap-around services and comprehensive care strategies that fully support those suffering from addictions. The solution to our problem is to build a pathway of care that lifts people up, not to close sites without a broader plan.
Posted at 5:03pm, March 29, 2019