Expanded needle cleanup efforts and increased public awareness regarding safe needle disposal
- City Council has approved funding for operation of the ARCHES Needle Pickup Hotline (403-332-0722)
- City Council has approved the use of previously unallocated provincial 2018-2019 Outreach Support Services Initiative funding for homelessness to expand the Downtown BRZ Clean Sweep program and Mobile Outreach services to supplement existing efforts to deal with needle debris in the community.
- Our Parks staff are trained in the safe handling & cleanup of needle debris. As required, needle cleanup is part of their regular work in most parks throughout the late spring/summer/early fall months.Every needle cleanup by Parks staff is recorded and tracked.
- We liaise regularly with local school districts on issues including needle debris, and school custodial staff are trained in the safe handling & cleanup of needle debris.
Community Meeting on the drug crisis & needle debris
On July 9, 2018, City Council held a community meeting to learn about the drug crisis and needle debris in our community. A panel of health, addictions and harm reduction specialists were on hand to present information and answer questions from the public as well as City Council.
Watch the July 9 Community Meeting presentations and Q&A session
View the specialists' presentations: