Toronto homeless advocates take city back to court over shelter system
A group of advocates for the homeless is taking the City of Toronto back to court for allegedly not keeping its end of a deal to ensure the health and safety of shelter residents and those living on the street.
Police chiefs call on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use
“Arresting individuals for simple possession of illicit drugs has proven to be ineffective. It does not save lives,” Palmer said. “The CACP recognizes substance use and addiction as a public health issue. Being addicted to a controlled substance is not a crime and should not be treated as such.
Closed borders leading to more dangerous street drugs: OPP
Provincial police say the closure of the Canada-U.S. border during the COVID-19 pandemic has driven up the price of illicit street drugs and driven down the quality of what is being sold in eastern Ontario.
Toronto had 16 suspected overdose deaths over just 9 days in July
Toronto recorded 16 suspected opioid overdose deaths in the space of nine days in July, according to the city’s medical officer of health.
“Unfortunately, the ongoing opioid poisoning crisis has been further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, and these dual public health crises are having a significant impact on our community,” de Villa said.