A reaction to the federal safe injection site legislation
Today, the Federal Health Minister tabled legislation that outlines the criteria she'll consider the next time she receives a request to open a safe injection site. Leona Aglukkaq says the Respect for Communities Act will give opportunities for public input on site applications. As well, applicants would need to provide the expected impact on crime rates and public health, and indicate whether it's financially sustainable.
Dr. Mark Tyndall has studied Vancouver's Insite facility, and as a harm reduction advocate, he's also pushed for a similar site here in Ottawa. Dr. Tyndall is a Professor of Medicine at University of Ottawa and Head of Infectious Diseases at the Ottawa Hospital, and we reached him for his thoughts on the new legislation.