Monthly Archives: September 2013

Who are we protecting? Who should we be protecting?


There is a movement to have Canada’s 2nd safe injection site placed in the Nation’s Capital.  The question that is bouncing around my head is, who does the safe injection site protect; the public, the user, or the dealer?   I understand the benefits of a program, but have greater concerns about the safety of the community and the residents in the community where the program would be situated.  A safe injection site does not address the need of the user to reduce and eliminate their dependence of these drugs.

The Vancouver safe injection site has been in operation for 10 years, and in that period of time neither of Canada’s cities larger than Ottawa has opened a safe injection site.  Has anyone asked why?

The Ottawa Police have stated their objections to the Vancouver Insite model being installed in the Ottawa’s Byward Market, or in the City in general.  We need to rethink how we help those that are using illegal substances and to eliminate the dealing and selling of the illegal substances that a safe site encourages use of.

The City of Ottawa has undertaken a 10 year plan to address homelessness and provide housing to almost 10,000 people on a waiting list.   This initiative along with combined efforts from Ottawa Police Services, Local Health Agencies and Provincial and Federal Governments can create a treatment and education climate to help addicts and remove dealers and crime from our downtown streets and neighbourhoods.

Butting heads and shouting matches will not resolve this issue, it only serves to divide our communities and continue to place our vulnerable in harm’s way.

I encourage our community leaders to work together and not against each other – nobody wins.

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The NEW Labour Day Message: Fairness is a Two Way Street


Today we commemorate Labour Day, a day to recognize the labour force in Ontario and the establishment of unions to protect workers and to ensure workplace practices and fair wages.

In 2013 Labour Day should be taking on a different role.  Ontario’s workers should look at Labour Day to as a movement to have government protect them from losing their jobs and provide adequate job training and re-training programs.  Government needs to protect our Ontario workers from losing employment to workers coming across the Quebec-Ontario border while Ontario workers do not have the ability to work in their trade in Quebec.

While September 2nd is Labour Day on the calendar, the true show of Minister Naqvi’s support of the Ontario labour force comes September 12th when Ontario PC MPP Jack MacLaren’s (Carleton-Mississippi Mills) Private Members Bills comes to a second reading vote.  Bill 80 – Fairness is a two way Street, will rectify the disparity of the trade and construction workers between Ontario and Quebec.

The complete Bill is here:

The Liberal government, led by the Labour Minister from Ottawa Centre should be supporting this bill.  If he and his government, along with his fellow Eastern Ontario Liberals, fail to support Eastern Ontario Trade and Construction workers and do not vote for this bill, they will have signaled that Toronto is their focus and not the workers of Eastern Ontario that they represent.  It will also be another signal that this Wynne government is out of touch of the needs of the voters, workers and families in Ontario.

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