It’s a place where drug addicts go to get high, where homeless people sleep. It’s also the home of Hamilton’s Safe Injection site. And today Police and community members picked up paint brushes to give Hamilton Urban Core a makeover.23-year old Erik Kenyon needed help. Once a hockey player, headed for the OHL until doctors found a brain tumor.He became a drug addict. and had overdosed at least 5 times. He was homeless but then he met Constable Pete Wiesner.Erik had spent 52 days in the Barton Street Jail arrested for dealing drugs when he was offered a chance to get out and join the city’s social navigator programIt’s a team of 3 people, Constable Wiesner, a paramedic and the Program Coordinator who help people like Erik.“Whether it’s finding them housing, sustainable income or drug treatment plans or just food or coat on their back.” says, Wiesner.As part of a crew that’s working to clean up Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, which is also home to the city’s safe injection site, trying to make it a safer space and get rid of the illicit drug use.Police are called to the center multiple times a day to deal with people who are sleeping here, who are doing drugs and over-dosing. Here they are hoping this effort makes this space more welcoming for those who use the healthcare services and programs at the Urban Core.For Erik, it was important to be here, “I used to come here when I was a drug addict. I used to come to this spot here, some guys sleep here, eat here. To some guys this is their home right.”They are looking for a couple of young aspiring artists who would like to paint a mural at the centre Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. If interested give them a call at 905-979-6021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – New research shows that delays in regulating greenhouse-gas emissions mean Canada is quickly “locking in” old-school infrastructure that will fill the air with carbons for decades to come.The new research is by the soon-to-be-defunct National Round Table of the Environment and the Economy, the federally funded advisory group formed to give advice and research on sustainable development.It’s likely the first time analysts have measured Canada’s shrinking room to manoeuvre as a result of investment that takes place under the old regime while waiting for governments to crack down on emissions.The research concludes that the longer Ottawa waits to clamp down on the emissions and business continues as usual, the more difficult and costly it becomes to meet Canada’s environmental targets.The research also shows that electricity could be Canada’s salvation, as long as that sector can attract huge investment of about $12 billion a year. by The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2012 3:44 pm MDT Delays in carbon rules mean Canada is locking in emissions, new research finds