Safe-injection site opposition gets Chamber support

Opposition to a Kelowna safe injection site proposed for Leon Avenue site draws united opposition from downtown business community.

  • Dec. 1, 2016 5:00 a.m.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is all in for backing the position of the Downtown Kelowna Association to oppose the proposed safe injection site on Leon Avenue.

“We have heard loud and clear from our members located downtown that the number of individuals congregating, damaging property and driving off customers is already intolerable,” said Tom Dyas, president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

“We do not believe that the addition of the safe consumption site will improve public safety or promote a healthy business environment on Leon Avenue.”

The Kelowna Chamber represents almost 1,400 members throughout the greater Kelowna area.

Dyas said it has been the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and DKA’s priority for years to make the Leon area safer for our members and the public, and to revitalize that area for development.

The DKA has publicly registered its concerns that a supervised consumption site at that location will undermine public safety in the Leon area and will present a roadblock to revitalization.

“We think that they are right,” said Dyas.

Interior Health hasn’t yet made a final decision as to whether they intend to submit an application to the provincial government for a safe consumption site.

Before IH will make that decision, it has committed to conducting further consultation with various stakeholder groups, to seek feedback on potential locations and service models.

One of IH’s avenues to receive feedback is a survey. They are asking  property or business owner to fill out their survey on the Interior Health website by Dec.15, 2016, found here:

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/AboutUs/Leadership/MHO/Pages/SCSfeedback.aspx

 

Just Posted

Robot caretakers could be in your future

Interior Health CEO says AI will revolutionalize medical care

Kelowna walk sheds light on blood cancer darkness

The Light The Night Walk takes Saturday, April 21, from Waterfront Park

Driving Change: A Kelowna man’s charitable trip across Canada

A Kelowna man, his bus, and his mission for positive change across our country

Kelowna examines options to connect Rutland with rail trail

Public feedback on the four options is available online until May 6

Wanted man nabbed after flipping car in Kelowna

A wanted man is now facing charges

Kelowna properties flooded along Heimlich Road

Flooding started on Spiers Road Tuesday and continued into properties, said an area resident

Locals play their part in Cirque’s Crystal in Penticton

It’s no easy task when it comes to unloading 17 semis full of equipment

Countdown is on to the 2018 B.C. Summer Games

Cowichan Valley hosts on July 19-22

Case of teacher secretly filming teens reaches top court

Acquittal of teacher, Ryan Jarvis, who secretly videoed teens ‘dangerous,’ top court told

The “industry will collapse” : South Okanagan winery reacts to ruling

Okanagan Falls winery concerned for the future of the industry after Supreme Court ruling

Why a 14-year-old will lead the charge at annual marijuana protest on the Hill

Marijuana enthusiasts have long been circling April 20 on their calendars as annual day of cannabis

B.C. communities await marine spill compensation years after incidents

The government maintains a Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund to compensate Canadians

RCMP say too early to know what happened in Broncos crash

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said collission very complex

Rock titans rule Prospera Place

Peter Frampton and Steve Miller have been friends for 51 years.

Most Read