On Tuesday, a staff report is set to go before Abbotsford council, summarizing the results of two public forums on the issue.
According to the Vancouver Province a staff report will go before Abbotsford Council Tuesday showing that a majority of those who participated in the two community forums held to gain public input on the City’s controversial anti-harm reduction bylaw are against the bylaw.
The Report shows 85 percent of participants want Abbotsford to join every other community in Canada and adopt a harm-reduction stance with its addicts.
Abbotsford Councillor Simon Gibson has been the strongest voice supporting the denial of clean needles for drug addicts preferring to either force them into prayer, rehab or death rather than keeping them alive so they can be helped.
The Fraser Health Authority (FHA) has been fighting for the right to set up clean needle exchanges in what the vast majority of those who deal with addiction agree is the only method that works – a multi-pronged approach offering faith, abstinence, counseling and treatment as opposed to Simon Gibson’s preferred method of simply offering prayer and cold turkey detox.
The FHA has been fighting high hepatitis C infection rates and drug-overdose rates.
Simon Gibson, who has been an Abbotsford councillor for three decades, is running as a BC Liberal in this spring’s provincial election.