Consumption site approval deferred at Barrie City Hall. Residents speak out.
Barrie City Council chambers were packed to the rafters last night, as council discussed the thorny issue of setting up a supervised, drug consumption site at 90 Mulcaster street in Barrie, next to the David Busby Centre.
There was a long list of deputations from the public, along with debate and discussion that took more than three hours.
And in the end, the decision was deferred, until later this month, to give a chance to seek out another potential location.
But Mayor Lehman, and the Simcoe-Muskoka Opioid Strategy, say finding another location more suitable, is unlikely.
Residents are concerned about what will happen at and around the site, and the lack of notice and input they say they've had about the facility.
Council rules dictate that only deputations against an issue are allowed so no presentations in support of the site were made.
Residents argued their voices hadn’t been heard and that there hadn’t been adequate notification about public meetings.
“The postcard sent to local residents did not have any notice that there was a safe injection site planned at 90 Mulcaster printed on it,” said one man during his deputation.
Others claimed the data and research around the site were flawed, and that other sites hadn’t been properly considered.
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