Premier David Eby is backing municipalities who want to pass bylaws banning drug use in public spaces, including Campbell River.
Eby previously argued that municipalities already have tools to address public drug use, such as nuisance bylaws, but now agrees there is an opportunity for the province to provide additional support. He says solutions must make sure they don’t put people struggling with addiction at greater risk.
Meanwhile the city will be revisiting a proposed nuisance bylaw in June, which specifically prohibits drug use in public places such as the Spirit Square, library, playgrounds and schools. Council also met with the Addictions Minister in Victoria; she has committed to setting up a working group of representatives from the province, Campbell River, Island Health and First Nations.
Kamloops recently passed a law banning illicit drug use in parks and on sidewalks. Nanaimo, Maple Ridge, Penticton and Prince George are also considering similar proposals.