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Concerns around Calgary safe consumption site being addressed

Last Updated Feb 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm MST

The supervised consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir health centre seen in this photo provided by Alberta Health Services.
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Sheldon Chumir's safe consumption site topic of discussion at Calgary City Hall

Many people share thoughts about Calgary safe consumption site at City Hall

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Questions around the Sheldon Chumir’s safe consumption site were raised at a committee meeting at Calgary City Hall on Wednesday.

It was spear-headed by Beltline councillor Evan Woolley who was concerned about a recent spike in crime.

The meeting drew out law enforcement, local residents, and even previous Methamphetamine users as they discussed ideas to implement around the site.

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Jessica McEachern is a former user turned peer-support worker, she worries this could stigmatize clients.

“They feel like (…) they’re going to get arrested, they feel like everything is coming down on them, everybody’s in on it and they’re just terrified and scared,” she said.

Woolley says the matter is now being forwarded to the council meeting on February 25 where they will discuss how to address the crisis.

“There have been a number of other actions identified in the last week and this needs to come to council as soon as possible,” he said.

Corporate Security also introduced a plan to conduct Olympic Plaza style security at Central Memorial Park complete with cameras, patrols, and new lighting.