Vic News: Needle Exchange location eyed

August 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm 1 comment

Victoria News
Needle exchange location eyed

By Roszan Holmen – Victoria News

Published: July 31, 2009 4:00 PM
Updated: July 31, 2009 4:12 PM

A building in the Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood has been singled out as the frontrunner for a new fixed needle-exchange site.

An agreement looks promising for the new pilot project, said Robert Randall, a member of the needle exchange advisory committee.

It’s been 14 months since the needle exchange on Cormorant Street closed. Ever since, the Vancouver Island Health Authority has been on the lookout for a replacement building.

Resistance from landlords has been a major reason why alternative sites fell through, Randall said. The landlord in the Burnside-Gorge building, however, likes the idea. “He supports the idea of harm reduction … To find a landlord OK with this is pretty amazing,” Randall said.

VIHA confirmed that one landowner has come forward with a proposal to house the facility.

“It’s our hope that this will be a viable location,” spokesperson Shannon Marshall said.

But work still needs to be done, she said.

First, the advisory committee needs to make a recommendation. Next, the broader community will be consulted.

Randall confirmed the potential site is in an industrial area.

Ideally, he said, the new location would be downtown, but that’s not realistic given budget cuts at VIHA and high lease rates in the core.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Michelle  |  March 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    A fixed site would be ideal for the street community.
    Something more than a mobile unit. It is in the best
    interest of the community to settle this issue as
    soon as possible because there are several other
    issues that need attention. Affordable housing is
    a really big issue in BC and there are various teen
    issues that need to be addressed. Victoria needs
    to change because it is not a “sleepy seaside village”


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