ward 6

Public Meeting – 180 and 198 Ardagh Road

Re: Amendment to the Zoning By-law – The Hedbern Development Corporation, 180 and 198 Ardagh Road, Barrie.
TAKE NOTICE that the General Committee of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Barrie will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, to review an application for an Amendment to the Zoning By-law submitted by Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of Hedbern Homes for the properties municipally known as 180 and 198 Ardagh Road. A Public Open House will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street, prior to the Public Meeting.
The application is to rezone the subject lands from Residential Single Detached (R2) to Residential Multiple (RM1) to permit the future development of semi-detached dwelling units.

For more information including meeting cancellation notices due to inclement weather and copies of the plans, please visit Ward 6 at barrie.ca/ProposedDevelopments.
Any person may attend the meeting and make representation or present submissions respecting this matter. If you wish to make a submission concerning this matter it should be directed to Legislative and Court Services by Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Any person may make representation at the meeting, however, written submissions are encouraged. Notification of the Amendment to the Zoning By-law if adopted by Council will be provided upon written request to the City Clerk.
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of The City of Barrie before the Amendment to the Zoning By-law is passed:
(a) the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Corporation of The City of Barrie to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal; and
(b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Barrie in respect of the proposed Amendment to the Zoning By-law, you must make a written submission to the undersigned.
All information including opinions, presentations, reports, documentation, etc. provided for or at a Public Meeting are considered public records. This information may be posted on the City of Barrie website and/or made available to the public upon request. Questions about this collection should be directed to the undersigned.
Celeste Kitsemetry, Planner 705-739-4220, Ext. 4430 Celeste.Kitsemetry@barrie.ca
Development Services Department City of Barrie
70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400 Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4T5

ward 6

Public Meeting – 158, 162, 166, & 170 Ardagh Road

Re: Draft Plan of Subdivision and Rezoning – The Hedbern Development Corporation, 158, 162, 166, & 170 Ardagh Road.
TAKE NOTICE that the General Committee of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Barrie will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, to review an application for a Draft Plan of Subdivision and Rezoning submitted by Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of Hedbern Homes for the properties municipally known as 158, 162, 166, & 170 Ardagh Road. A Public Open House will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street, prior to the Public Meeting.
For more information including meeting cancellation notices due to inclement weather and copies of the plans, please visit Ward 6 at Ward 6 Proposed Developments
The applications are to rezone the subject lands from Residential Single Detached (R1)(H-950 and (R3) to Residential Multiple with Special Provisions (RM2)(SP). The proposed development concept includes 27 street townhouses fronting Bishop Drive, 19 block/cluster townhouse unit, 12 back-to-back townhouses, the extension of Bishop Drive, and a stormwater management pond. A Plan of Subdivision is required to facilitate the future development of the lands.

Barrie, opioid

Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy Meeting Summary – January 7, 2020

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Meeting requested to discuss questions raised by Councillor N Harris regarding progress on SMOS Action Plan.

Attendees:

Mayor Jeff Lehman

Councillor Natalie Harris

Detective Inspector Jim Walker – Deputy Director, Central Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, OPP; Co-lead SMOS Enforcement pillar

Meredith Fryia – Manager, Addiction Services and Back on Track Program, Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch; Lead, SMOS Treatment pillar

Brian Irving – Manager, Addiction Services and North Simcoe Muskoka RAAM Services, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre; Member, SMOS Treatment pillar

Janice Greco – Manager, Substance Use and Injury Prevention Program, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; Member, SMOS Harm Reduction pillar

Mia Brown – Public Health Nurse, Substance Use and Injury Prevention Program, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; Lead, SMOS Harm Reduction pillar

Claudia Swoboda-Geen – Public Health Nurse, Substance Use and Injury Prevention Program, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; Co-Lead, SMOS Prevention pillar

Dr. Charles Gardner – Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Dr. Lisa Simon – Associate Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; Co-Chair, SMOS Steering Committee

Action items: (* Bolded items added by N Harris for clarification)

  1. Prevention pillar to consider attending open ALANON meetings to connect with family and friends of those with addiction or who have died from addiction. (Suggested by Councillor N Harris).
  2. Treatment pillar, including RVH rep, to consider further needs and effective and sustainable avenues for shifting clinical practice in treating opioid use disorder in the ED and primary care.  To follow up on this with Dr. Gardner, Mayor Lehman, and Dr. Simon, and consider pursuing possibilities discussed (as follows) or other ideas:
  3. Dr. Gardner approaching local physician leaders he knows to enquire with them on their understanding of the opioid crisis and the possible treatment barriers that could be addressed, and solutions that could be pursued to achieve optimal patient care. (Meeting with Dr. Martin, RVH and Councillor N Harris being arranged).
  4. Mayor Lehman and Dr Gardner to consider approaching the medical leadership within the Healthy Barrie initiative for this same purpose.
  5. Mayor Lehman to consider a supportive role for the Connected Core program.
  6. Dr. Simon to connect Treatment pillar with existing avenues to connect with physicians (NSM LHIN Primary Care Network, and ED leads).
  7. Consider opportunities for NSM LHIN hospitals to share with each other on effective practices, learnings, etc. (Suggested by Councillor N Harris).
  8. Harm Reduction pillar and Dr. Simon to determine plan for continued discussion with hospitals regarding barriers to instituting take-home naloxone from EDs. Consider overlap with Treatment pillar avenues in #2. (Suggested by Councillor N Harris).
  9. Councillor Harris to follow up with SMOS anti-stigma lead to discuss her new anti-stigma call-to-action for the community, if her article for the Huffington Post on this issue isn’t published. (Action initiated and follow-up meeting scheduled).
  10. Opportunities for Councillor N Harris – both as Councillor and as a person with lived experience – to be a resource for SMOS:
  11. SMOS recommends that N Harris join the pillar(s) of her choosing, for contribution to decision making, implementation, and ongoing discussion, as that is the avenue that has been established to coordinate the wide range of stakeholders participating in this work.

 

  1. Follow up discussion on action items from this Jan 7 meeting:
  2. Councillor Harris is welcome to reach out to SMOS steering committee members if additional questions arise.
  3. Upcoming SMOS communications to City Council: SMOS is initiating a quarterly newsletter (Jan/Feb 2020, and on), SMOS 2019 update (spring 2020), Continuing SCS Advisory committee communications, BDAP meeting highlights, to a limited email list (more are welcome to be added), and SMOS to send memo for today’s meeting to City Council.

 

Attachments/Reports:

–       From Detective Inspector Jim Walker: Overview of intentions for SMOS-Statistics Canada Data Project, and Summary report from similar past project in Surrey BC

–       From Dr Gardner: Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2019 – Addressing Stigma: Towards a More Inclusive Health System

Thank you,

Lisa Simon, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC

Associate Medical Officer of Health

t: 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520  x: 7244 f: 705-721-1495 e: lisa.simon@smdhu.org

 Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, 15 Sperling Dr, Barrie, ON  L4M 6K9

 

Further coordinated efforts are occurring at this time to enhance treatment options in Barrie. Stay tuned for updates.

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My View On The Supervised Consumption Site and My Experiences Helping To Combat the Opioid Crisis in Barrie

For those who are still looking for clarification. I AM in favour of an SCS. I voted yes to it and raised public awareness in favour of it until I was made aware of issues with the application process just prior to the final vote. I am STILL in favour of an SCS and all forms of addiction treatment and overdose death prevention.

The SCS application process is being reviewed at this time and will come to council I believe in the next few months.

As Ward 6 City Councillor since October 2018, I have done the following to raise public awareness and combat the opioid crisis in our community:

– I requested that city council declare a public health emergency with respect to the opioid crisis and request funding from the federal and provincial governments to increase opioid trafficking enforcement, treatment, prevention and education. This was not the will of council at that time;

– I have met with representatives from the David Busby Centre, the Gilbert Centre, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and members of the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) to ask difficult questions about SMOS’s due diligence with respect to the federal and provincial applications for a supervised consumption site so that a potential application submission was not missed;

– I have travelled to Guelph to visit a supervised consumption site and to meet with Mayor Cam Guthrie, the facilitators of the program, and a representative from the Guelph Police Service;

– I have participated in a town hall meeting hosted by MP Alex Nuttall, regarding Barrie’s proposed supervised consumption site;

– I have met with MPP Andrea Khanjin to discuss the potential development of a provincial mental health hub which would include addiction and drug abuse support;

– I have met with the Attorney General Doug Downey, MPP Andrea Khanjin, family members affected by the opioid epidemic, the director of the Barrie Rapid Access Addiction Medicine, and a fellow advocate on July 9, 2019, to discuss increasing funding to the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine services so that they can be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week;

– I met with the director of the Newmarket Treatment Centre, Cornerstone Recovery Community, Peter Brewitt, on July 11, 2019, to discuss the possibility of bringing his treatment model to Barrie;

-I have spoken to Homewood Health Centre representatives about the possibility of bringing a satellite treatment centre to Barrie;

-I have met with the Vice President of Strategy of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Suzanne Legue, and President of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, Eric Dean, and discussed the potential of bringing more provincial and federal funding to the RAAM and the Barrie Alcohol-Drug Withdrawal Centre (Detox);

-I attended the META:PHI Annual Conference on September 20, 2019, in Toronto and learned about RAAM best-practices and community involvement/support;

– I carry naloxone in my glove box;

– I have met with the Creative Barrie and a fellow advocate to discuss the development of a memorial event to remember those whom we have lost to opioid-related deaths;

– I work one-on-one with the marginalized population in Barrie and provide them with resources and support;

– I have spoken about my personal experience with addiction and recovery at the Barrie Alcohol-Drug Withdrawal Centre (Detox), and 12-step meetings many times, and continue to do so on a regular basis;

-I participated in the Barrie Drug Awareness Partnership CommUNITY Baseball game on September 29, 2019, which included players from first responder services and local community members battling with addiction and affected by the opioid crisis;

-I met on October 4th with the META:PHI directors at the Women’s College Hospital to discuss funding in Barrie and complementing treatment options;

-I participated in a weekly book study (Drop The Rock: AA’s step 6, 7 and 10), in order to obtain a greater understanding of addition and recovery from the 12-step perspective;

-I met with the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibillo, on October 11, 2019, to discuss the opioid crisis in Barrie, beyond the discussions I had with him, Mayor Jeff Lehman, and fellow Councillors at the Association of Municipalities (AMO) Conference in Ottawa this past August;

-Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo has requested that I further discuss improvement to women’s addiction treatment and peer support in the penitentiary systems where opioid addiction still runs rampant;

-I am working with the anti-stigma pillar of SMOS to help expand their campaign beyond what I have already participated in – to date videos of lived experience stories with my son and I;

-I am meeting with physicians from RVH and the Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit on February 5th to discuss how to better implement best practises for pharmaceutical addiction management and naloxone distribution in the emergency department;

-Have encouraged the prevention pillar of SMOS to attend open ALANON meetings to connect with families and friends of those with addiction or who have died from addiction;

-As per my request, SMOS will be considering opportunities for NSM LHIN hospitals to share with each other on effective practices, learnings etc;

-I am working in classrooms with the Barrie Police VIP program to educate students on addiction stigma and encourage healthy conversations around this topic;

-I am speaking at the, “Orillia Talks Opioids” event on February 19th;

-Made sure that funding was not cut to paramedic services during both budgets I have been councillor for. I very publicly share how paramedic’s are often attending multiple overdose calls a day and that paramedic’s are already very busy with little downtime. And as approximately 97% of the paramedic budget is allocated to salaries, any cuts to their budget would equal paramedic employment cuts.

-…and I have been known to make a get-well card or two for those facing community isolation while in treatment for addiction. (Cards delivered to the Rapid Action Addiction Medicine (RAAM), Barrie Detox, Hope City Church, a treatment centre in Aurora, individuals requesting cards be sent to family members, and more). I will be making these in Ottawa with approximately 120 MP’s at the end of the month to further raise awareness of addiction stigma and resulting community isolation;

I will continue to work with the Mayor, fellow Councillors and community advocates to bring more treatment options to Barrie. This crisis will not be resolved with a supervised consumption site alone, our city must provide fulsome, accessible care to everyone who needs it. This unfortunately takes time and funding. I can assure you, this is a daily mission for me.

At this time I will be taking a break from social media. If you would like to contact me you can here, or via my work email: Natalie.Harris@barrie.ca

Thank you.

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Addiction Get-Well Cards With Barrie Police And A Grade 6 Class

I had the pleasure of joining Barrie Police at Codrington Public School today to make #addictiongetwellcards and talk about mental health with a grade 6 class.

These kids are AMAZING! The conversations that were happening were beautiful. One student told me that his mom “used to have addiction” but that she’s better now. And another opened up to the class about how bullying has affected him in the past. 🙏

This mission is not at all about just making cards. It’s about conversations and community connection. It’s about stigma reduction and mental health promotion. It’s about compassion and friendship.

They were very happy to know that their cards were going to the hospital for people who may not have gotten a get-well card otherwise. They were SO proud of their cards.

A quick trip to the dollar store for some craft supplies has turned into something that has also helped ME down my path of recovery. Connection is key. This is so simple – please consider doing this activity with your family, classroom or co-workers. ❤️

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Ardagh/Summerset Neighbourhood Meeting

Link to proposal information on City of Barrie website

Hello!

Thank you to everyone who attend the neighborhood meeting for the Ardagh/Summerset site proposal.

Just a reminder that an official application from the builder or planner has NOT been submitted yet. The meeting was to show which way they would LIKE to move with the site. But we are a long way away from anything being finalized.

I have noted all of the suggestions and concerns made at the meeting. Some people have asked me if they can start a petition against it (in one form or another). Yes, absolutely you can. Just bear in mind that nothing is official yet. It may be best to start these when the plan has been submitted. In the meantime you can always send your additional suggestions and concerns to myself and/or Celeste Kitsemetry (City Planner – Celeste.Kitsemetry@barrie.ca) at any time.

If you have specific questions about my views on the proposal we viewed, please email me (Natalie.Harris@barrie.ca). I would love to provide you with my thoughts.

Thank you!

Natalie