"Growing problems of addiction and homelessness mean we should consider creating a non-police crisis team and a supportive housing hub."
"Instead, Ottawa is set to receive only 0.4 per cent of a pot of provincial funds meant for this purpose. This will leave an $18-million hole in our city budget for 2024, forcing us to cancel 54 new supportive homes and other programs."
"A place where magic is currently not happening is Wellington Street, which sits empty, cordoned off by concrete barriers and largely devoid of people."
The homelessness and addiction crises have worsened during the pandemic. Our shelter system is bursting at the seams.
Somerset Coun. Ariel Troster said she understands Mayor Sutcliffe's intention to not reduce services, but she's "having trouble making the math work."
Somerset Ward Coun. Ariel Troster said not only does Bill 23 do nothing to provide more affordable housing, it will also cost the city "hundreds of millions of dollars"
'LGBTIQ+ communities won’t be held down — we will organize, fight for our rights, and heal together.'
It is not necessary or cost-effective to continually dispatch armed police to deal with conflicts rooted in mental health distress, addiction or homelessness.
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Troster said that supporting the most vulnerable helps create a better city for everyone.
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