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Repeatedly, we have seen Councillor Browaty concoct dangerous lines between worthy and unworthy citizens while piling on stigma to Winnipeggers who already experience the worst marginalization and associated health outcomes.


His comments reflect inadequate and misinformed thinking on public policy, community wellbeing, and fiscal responsibility.


Coun. Browaty has repeatedly spoken in favour of criminalizing people who are already marginalized. Yet we know that policing is the most expensive response. In 2020, the Kíkananaw Óma strategy was created by community stakeholders, including the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Police Service. It established call diversion from 911 to 311, allowing the first response to people experiencing homelessness to come from community organizations equipped to support people towards housing, to engage in harm reduction, and also to access basic needs.


This diversion has already achieved cost savings through reduced load on WPS and WFPS. The work of community organizations to support people towards housing has reduced long term load on emergency response.


The people who Coun. Browaty repeatedly uses as political fodder have already experienced massive inequity in access to publicly funded supports, including health and mental health supports, and have experienced systemic violence that is well documented. We know that our systems need to change.


Harm Reduction is unequivocally supported in scientific literature as the best way to support people who use drugs towards better health and the connections that can improve an individual’s life. As we continue to lag on implementing Harm Reduction recommendations fully, we are watching people die tragic, preventable, and unjust deaths.


These are massive challenges that elected officials are responsible for solving. It takes courage, not cowardice to look these challenges in the face, and be useful.


Signed,


Sunshine House, Inc.

Jamil Mahmood, Main Street Project

Winnipeg Harm Reduction Network

Jonny Mexico, Winnipeg Resident

QueerView Winnipeg

Laurel Dawn, Share Program

Stephanie Ross, North End Women"s Centre

Kristi Beaune

Joanne Nimik

Kim Bailey, Nine Circles Community Health Clinic

Manitoba Health Coalition

Shohan Illsley, Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

Lorie English, West Central Women’s Resource Centre

Brigitta Perkins, North End Women's Centre

Arlene Last-Kolb, Moms Stop the Harm & Overdose Awareness Manitoba

Cynthia Drebot

Claudyne Chevrier

Tamara Taillieu, PhD; Instructor II, University of Manitoba; Board Member, Moms Stop the Harm

Michelle Klimczak

Janis Gillam, Moms Stop the Harm & Overdose Awareness Manitoba

Kyle Ross, MGEU

Jai Malowski, Peg City Kindness Crew

Manitoba Federation of Labour

Susan Berthiaume, Winnipeg Resident

Stephanie Sanderson, North End Women's Centre

Melissa Dvorak, Winnipeg Labour Council

K. Daniels, Women’s Health Clinic

Maddie Macgillivray

Valerie Cavers

Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition (SWWAC)

Antoinette Gravel-Ouellette, Brandon and Area Overdose Awareness

Amy Knowles

Em Pijl, University of Manitoba

Davey F. Cole, MOPS/Sunshine House Inc.

Jordyn Sheldon, Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

Tieryn Steele, Play it Safer Network-MHRN


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DRUG ALERT: BRANDON / WESTMAN — Wed. May 24, 2023


Substances sold as DOWN tested positive for fentanyl and benzodiazepine. Many reports of overdose and blackouts.

Substances are pebbles orange or yellow in colour.

Benzodiazepines mixed with fentanyl can cause a complex overdose.


If you are using substances, please:

  • Use with a friend and stagger your use

  • Start low and go slow

  • Have and know how to use naloxone

If you are using alone, consider calling a friend or the NORS line at 1-888-688-NORS so they can spot you.


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DRUG ALERT: Winnipeg — SAT. MAY 13, 2023

Substance sold as DOWN is green in colour and caused overdose and seizure

If you are using substances, please:

  • Use with a friend and stagger your use

  • Start low and go slow

  • Have and know how to use naloxone

If you are using alone, consider calling a friend or the NORS line at 1-888-688-NORS so they can spot you.


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