St. Catharines council- St. Paddy's Day parties, downtown foot patrols and opioid crisis

Brock University officials outlining plans to prevent any wild street parties from breaking out on St Patrick's Day.

Director of Student Life and Community Experience Brad Clarke addressed St. Catharines council last night saying the effort will begin with a communication blitz at the school to convince students not to put the "Bad in Badger".

During the week leading up to St. Paddy's Day, the university will partner with police and bylaw enforcement to speak directly to students living off campus particularly those students who may be planning to host  parties.

As well the university, will be holding a St. Patrick's Day party at Isaac's bar on campus hoping to keep students at the school in a controlled environment.

The move is in response to a party held last year that saw around 3,500 students converge on Jacobsen Avenue.

Also last night, councillors voted to ask Niagara Police to add foot patrols to the downtown core.

The vote follows a presentation last week by concerned business owners who say vagrancy has staff fearing for their safety and causing them to lose business.

Council also voted in favour of creating a task force to look into the growing opioid crisis in the downtown core.