NEWS

In late 2019 we asked those who live, work and shop in London’s Midtown Neighbourhood to share their thoughts on the City’s proposal to install a drug injection site at 446 York Street. Here’s what they had to say.

“People who have houses and apartments near safe injection sites are almost unanimous in describing a battle with medical waste, filth and petty crime. They are typically told they must be imaging it, or exaggerating it.”

National Post

“Indeed, many safe-injection activists accuse neighbours of being small-minded, uncaring or even racist if they complain about the dramatic increase of loud addicts on the streets outside their homes and businesses, the uptick in property crime, the aggressive panhandling, the piling up of needles and drug paraphernalia in parks and alleys.”

Edmonton Sun

“Calgary Mayor suggests moving drug injection site away from its centralized location amongst safety concerns: “I’ve always thought they were an admission of a system that’s not working.””

CBC News Calgary

“Cambridge bans Drug Injection Sites from opening in any of the 3 downtown cores.”

Kitchener Today

“Shooting in front of Temporary Injection Site at 186 King Street in London, Ontario”

CTV News London

“It’s time we stop looking at safe consumption sites as the answer. Keeping a person alive just to get their next fix is an embarrassing stop-gap measure for governments too cheap to pay for treatment.”

Edmonton Journal

“A cautionary tale: Cabbagetown residents blame supervised injection site for crime spike.”

CBC News Toronto

“Injection Site Followout: Police see a 276% increase
in drug-related calls in the buffer zone.”

Global News

“Vancouver’s drug strategy has been a disaster. Be very wary of emulating it.”

National Post

“Police say drug dealers flock to the community to target the vulnerable population using the site.”

Calgary Sun

“The seniors won’t even cross the street to come to the restaurant,” said Thiessen. “The sidewalks are full of [users] and dealers.”

CBC British Columbia

“Police say drug dealers flock to the community to target the vulnerable population using the site.”

CTV Calgary

“Indeed, many safe-injection activists accuse neighbours of being small-minded, uncaring or even racist if they complain about the dramatic increase of loud addicts on the streets outside their homes and businesses, the uptick in property crime, the aggressive panhandling, the piling up of needles and drug paraphernalia in parks and alleys.”

Edmonton Sun

“Calgary Mayor suggests moving drug injection site away from its centralized location amongst safety concerns: “I’ve always thought they were an admission of a system that’s not working.””

Kitchener Today

“Cambridge bans Drug Injection Sites from opening in any of the 3 downtown cores.”

Kitchener Today

“Shooting in front of Temporary Injection Site at 186 King Street in London, Ontario”

CTV News London

“It’s time we stop looking at safe consumption sites as the answer. Keeping a person alive just to get their next fix is an embarrassing stop-gap measure for governments too cheap to pay for treatment.”

Edmonton Journal

“A cautionary tale: Cabbagetown residents blame supervised injection site for crime spike.”

CBC News Toronto

“Injection Site Followout: Police see a 276% increase
in drug-related calls in the buffer zone.”

Global News

“Police say drug dealers flock to the community to target the vulnerable population using the site.”

CTV Calgary

“Vancouver’s drug strategy has been a disaster. Be very wary of emulating it.”

National Post

“Police say drug dealers flock to the community to target the vulnerable population using the site.”

Calgary Sun

“The seniors won’t even cross the street to come to the restaurant,” said Thiessen. “The sidewalks are full of [users] and dealers.”

CBC British Columbia

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