In response to some concerns regarding the methodology in the online questionnaire that Island Health is using to solicit feedback from the public on supervised consumption, the survey has now been updated, adapted and reposted.
Some 400 respondents had already responded before the changes to the questions and should consider re-taking it.
The updated survey can be accessed at www.viha.ca/scs
Members of the public can also provide feedback on supervised consumption in the following ways:
There will be two drop-in public neighbourhood meetings:
Tuesday, November 22
4 pm to 7 pm
Centennial United Church
612 David Street
Wednesday, November 23
4 pm to 8 pm
City of Victoria City Hall Antechamber
1 Centennial Square
Island Health has suggested three sites for supervised drug consumption services in Victoria.
941 Pandora Avenue in downtown Victoria
2920 Bridge Street in Rock Bay
The third site will be for residents only, at 844 Johnson Street.
Details about each proposed location are available at www.viha.ca/scs.
The health authority has also announced 25 new adult addiction treatment beds and six youth beds by March 31, 2017.
The Province is also calling for the federal government to either repeal or amend Bill C-2, the “Respect for Communities Act,” so that it does not stand in the way of establishing additional supervised consumption services in British Columbia.
Aside from taking the online survey and attending one of the public meetings, you can also email your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or via regular mail: Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer
Island Health Fort Royal Medical Centre
430-1900 Richmond Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 4R2
The public feedback process will continue through December 2, 2016 with Island Health aiming to submit applications for supervised consumption services by year’s end.