WHALLEY -Fraser Health Authority hopes to have the two proposed Surrey
injection sites open this spring.
One site is proposed at the 94A Street Quibble Creek Sobering Centre,
and another on 135A Street in partnership with Lookout Emergency Aid
Both would require Section 56 exemptions to allow them to operate.
Fraser Health submitted a partial application for the sites on Dec.
30, according to a report to Surrey's Public Safety Committee.
The report reveals the health authority has signed a formal letter of
intent with Britco, allowing them to produce drawings of a trailer
that would house supervised consumption services.
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SURREY - After having to end its needle pickup program after a loss in
funding, Lookout Emergency Aid Society has temporarily revived the
The peer-led Rig Dig program, which began in 2006, came to a halt on
Sept. 9 came after the society was unsuccessful in its bid for $44,000
in gaming grant funding this year.
But it has been announced that Lookout Foundation has granted $10,000
out of an emergency fund to restore the program this week, enough to
keep it running until the end of March 17, according to a release.
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It's been more than a decade since North America's first legal
supervised injection site opened its doors on the Downtown East Side
and now debate is flying over whether Surrey should have its own.
With epidemic levels of overdoses, Fraser Health says they're putting
together an "aggressive" strategy to combat the issue - possibly such
a facility in Surrey.
On the weekend of July 15, Surrey Memorial Hospital saw 43 overdoses.
Since then? An average of three a day.
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WHALLEY - A program responsible for the cleanup of hundreds of used
needles a day in Surrey might see its end in September due to funding
As the Now reported last week, the Downtown Surrey BIA is calling for
expansion of the needle program due to used syringes becoming an
"ever-growing concern" in the area over the past two years.
Lookout Emergency Aid Society's provincial gaming grant is not being
renewed and as a result, their peer-lead 'Rig Dig' needle recovery
program is in crisis.
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Every day, hundreds of discarded needles are picked up from Whalley
streets, many of them just steps from City Hall. Now, a downtown
business group is offering up fresh solutions.
On one side of the street, children glide up and down on their
skateboards at Chuck Bailey skate park. Their laughter fills the air.
On the other side of 107A Avenue, not far away, a homeless man named
Robert sits on the ground behind a tree, shrieking while feverishly
clapping his hands. His belongings, including a handful of needles,
are strewn about on a damp, dirty piece of carpet.
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EXCLUSIVE: Former RCMP officer says good old-fashioned proactive
policing will force bad guys to 'get out of Dodge'
Everyone and their dog has an opinion on how Surrey's law enforcement
could or should be cracking down on the rampant shooting spree.
Joseph Edwards certainly does.
And as a retired RCMP officer with 35 years of service under his belt
- - 15 in Surrey - it's safe to say he knows the agency and the city
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Holding the addict's hand as he overdosed isn't what hit Erin Schulte
It was the way he smelled.
"I remember looking at him and thinking he was so 'normal.' Clean
cut. I smelled his cologne. No scabs or wounds. Nice clothing. I just
remember how he smelled and remember thinking, 'Why does this guy
feel the need to get so high he leaves this planet?'"
She sat on the ground with him, rubbing his hand. She told him to
come back and not to stop breathing.
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SURREY - Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner is confident that "this too shall pass."
She is of course referring to the relentless shooting spree that
continued in Surrey this week. As of Wednesday morning there had been
32 shooting incidents since Jan. 1.
There have been three arrests related to the incidents.
Hepner said the city has made "significant progress" in this year's
shootings and the current violence is different than last year's, in
which the city saw 52 shootings.
A handful of the incidents are believed to be connected to a new drug
war different from last year's dial-a-dope turf war. Police haven't
put a name to the two groups but characterized them as "low-level" players.
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When Donna May's daughter died of an overdose in 2012, a drug that may
have saved her life was within arm's reach
It's every parent's worst nightmare - watching your child
Yet that was Donna May's reality on Aug. 21, 2012.
That night, May returned home from walking her dogs to find her
daughter Jac, a longtime addict, overdosing.
"I could hear the normal sounds of an overdose," she said. "The
laboured breath. The snoring. The gurgling sounds. I flew upstairs."
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I thought I was watching a man die.
I couldn't shake this stark realization as I stared at the
five-minute-and-thirty-four second recording on my phone the next day.
I was almost too scared to play it.
Less than five minutes into an interview the night before with Pop-Up
Soup Kitchen founder Erin Schulte, two people overdosed within a
block of where I stood.
People screamed for help, running every which way. It was chaotic. Frantic.
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Another SHOT at Life
A drug is saving lives on Surrey streets - and Health Canada just
made it available without a prescription. But as 'Now' reporter Amy
Reid witnesses firsthand, even experienced drug users are not immune
to the rash of overdoses striking the region. Click here to read her column.
Her voice pierces the air, her face crimson like the setting sun. She
summons all her energy to scream.
Jeff's gone limp on the pavement, heroin burning through his veins.
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SFU Criminology Prof Says Growers Are Likely Setting Up Shop in Other Cities
Grow-ops in Surrey are down by almost 82 per cent, say city officials.
Surrey's Electrical Fire Safety Inspection (EFSI) program, which
started in 2005, is being credited for reducing the number of
confirmed marijuana grow-ops in the city.
The city's EFSI team includes representation from Surrey Fire
Service, RCMP, electrical inspections and bylaw enforcement.
There were 445 confirmed grow-ops in Surrey in 2007 through the EFSI
program, which was down to 82 in 2011, a drop of 81.6 per cent.
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