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Where Watson really stands on safe injection

Well this safe injection study sure dropped with a thud here in Ottawa today. The researchers are recommending two "safe consumption sites" for Ottawa, resulting in the predictable controversy.

If the study sounds familiar, that's because former mayor Larry O'Brien tipped us off to it during the 2010 mayoral campaign. He accused his rival, Jim Watson, of plotting with his pals at Queen's Park to cover up the findings until after voting day. The trouble was, O'Brien was wrong on just about every detail, and later retracted his claim.

So is the current mayor for or against safe injection sites in Ottawa? "If there are extra funds available I don't believe they should be going into safe injection sites," said Watson today. "I think they should be going into the rehab and treatment centres that we have helped fund before."

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