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Kanada. Tensions Mount in Fight to Open Ontario Safe Consumption Site

Harm reduction advocates are fighting to open the second safe consumption site (SCS) in Hamilton, Ontario. But some residents, including a Catholic school board, are opposing the proposal.

The new SCS, if approved, will be operated by local nonprofit the AIDS Network. The city is already home to one SCS, run by the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, which first opened as a temporary service in June 2018. It was formally authorized in April 2020, and expanded its work after receiving provincial funding later that summer.

The new SCS could go even further. “The model of service we’re proposing is actually more than what is required [by provincial regulations],” AIDS Network Executive Director Tim McClemont told Filter. “We’re proposing additional wraparound services, everything from peer services to addiction medical care to referrals to housing and other health care support. This will become like a mini health center.” (Filter, USA, 29.11.2021)