Council turfs prohibition on harm-reduction treatment clinic

Unanimous vote to amend 'unenforceable' bylaw. Healthy Community Council to look at larger addiction treatment uses.

Council voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the district’s prohibition on harm-reduction treatment clinics for drug addicts.

Council had deferred a decision on the third reading of a bylaw amendment to change the district’s prohibition following an Aug. 18 public hearing on that issue and substance abuse issues.

But while questions remained about how best to treat those addicted to drugs, council – at the recommendation of staff – decided to address the amendment on Tuesday while leaving the broader topic of treatment to be addressed by the Healthy Community Council.

Staff had noted that the “outright prohibition” of treatment clinics is under the jurisdiction of the province, not municipalities.

“Accordingly, the prohibition is not lawful and would not be enforceable,” staff concluded in its report to council.

The amendment’s third reading and adoption passed unanimously – Coun. Larry Nundal was absent – and Adlem thanked council “for approving a text amendment that brings a bylaw of ours in conformance with provincial law.”

The amendment does require proposed clinics to go through typical land use application processes, which would include public hearings.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Thieves hit Mission store twice in six days

$50,000 worth of merchandise taken from Prospect Equipment, theft captured on security video

PHOTOS: Eagles return to the Fraser Valley

The 2019 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival provided a chance to see eagles following spawning salmon

Body found after SUV found fully engulfed in flames in Abbotsford field

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in

Advocate for the homeless receives UFV’s Young Distinguished Alumni Award

Jesse Wegenast of Chilliwack recognized for extensive community work in Abbotsford

PHOTOS: West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market at Tradex

Over the past 11 years the show has been attended by over 175,000 visitors

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Duncan man gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty trial

Joe also gets lifetime ban on owning animals

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex-boyfriend for $2,000

After the two broke up, documents state, they agree to share custody of the dog, named Harlen

Most Read