Barrie, opioid

Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy Meeting Summary – January 7, 2020



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


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.



–       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:

 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.

Barrie, ward 6

Potential Legalized Cannabis Store Location In Barrie


As you may have seen in the media recently, the old D.O.T. Patio Furniture store located at Ardagh Rd and Essa Rd, could potentially be the site of Barrie’s first legalized cannabis store.

I just learned about this recently myself as I was not notified by city staff, because there was no reason to notify me – this is a commercial building with a completely legal commercial store going into it. I, and the public, are only notified when a re-zoning application is put in.

Furthermore, it is the provincial AGCO that controls the licenses and locations – the City has no say in this.

So, what does this mean right now? Well, the store has been given the green light by the provincial government to be created, but does not have a licence yet. The owner is hoping to receive one early in the new year.

Very strict guidelines must be met in order for the province to approve these locations, including the installation of very advanced security systems.

I have recently been asked by a resident if I, “approve of cannabis”? Well, cannabis is now legalized in Canada – just as alcohol is. So, whether I approve of it or not won’t change that it’s now legally availability. And I think we need to remember that alcohol is statistically far more lethal than cannabis. What I do “approve” of, is being responsible.

I am hopeful that with the availability of government regulated cannabis, that the deaths from street/black-market drugs will decrease. I have lost MANY friends to overdoses and I am very aware of how lethal poisoned cannabis is. But with that being said, not everyone is an addict or alcoholic, and many people use drugs and alcohol responsibly.

I will keep you up to date with any new information I receive about this store! If you have any questions you can email me at



Barrie, ward 6

Information About Ardagh Bluffs Maintenance


Hello! I had some great questions about our beloved Ardagh Bluffs at a recent community meeting and I wanted to share the city staff answers with all of you.

Parks staff have tried to provide you with as much information as possible to answer your inquiry regarding the operations and maintenance of the Ardagh Bluffs Park, which is a provincially designated Area of Natural and Scientific Interest of approximately 500 acres and containing over 17 km of marked trails.

  • We do not have a separate budget line for the park, it is part of the overall maintenance requirements of several activities (e.g. trails maintenance, parks maintenance, forestry operations, etc.). There is a Park plan that was approved by Council in 2007 that has estimated capital and operating costs for elements of its management.
  • As it is a provincially significant natural area with known endangered species present, the only maintenance we complete on vegetation is trailside maintenance, hazard tree removals and some select poison ivy control.  We are looking at developing a city wide invasive species management plan.  If you know of areas within the park where you see invasive species we would like to know about them. Our staff are trained in identifying some of the high priority species and marking them on the EDDS collector APP, but there may be others you have seen in your walks.
  • We annually remove anywhere from twenty to over a hundred hazard trees from around the periphery of the parkland (most often behind residential lots) and will be continuing the ash removals as needed throughout parkland across the city as part of the Emerald Ash Borer program.  Any hazard tree concerns you have can be reported to Service Barrie ( for our urban forestry staff to inspect and address.
  • Due to the nature of late successional deciduous forests, fire cycles in this area are in the 1000-10,000 years.  However, Barrie Fire and Emergency Services do have emergency and response plans in place for dealing with both grass and forest fires.   Our dedicated fire professionals have responded to grass fires and small fires within many natural areas across Barrie.
  • There were (6) identified foot bridges from the original Park Plan that were not funded for construction due to competing financial needs, however recent changes in our ability to build our own bridges will make construction and trail improvements more feasible in the near future.

If you have any further questions or need clarification please do not hesitate to contact us.


Kevin Bradley, B.A., MLA

Manager of Parks & Forestry

Ext. 482


Shift Government – Connected Core

Learn More About Connected Core Here

Shift Government is about collaborating with other organizations to expand our impact, and to engage more partners. We are working on a stable of small projects that have a few things in common – they focus on community wellbeing, have root-cause oriented goals, and all involve working with organizations outside of City Hall, such as:

Connected Core
(RVH/Barrie Police/City)
Sliding Scale Mobile Market
(Barrie Housing/National Food Store)
Student / Senior co-housing
Barrie Housing Flooring Community Challenge
(Barrie Housing/BDAR)
Health Innovation Week
(MaRS/RVH/LifeLabs – Design Challenge)
Impact Collective
(Furniture Bank/Furniture Link / Redwood Park/ BRIX Makerspace/Community Builders)

This project is super exciting and being done with little staff. Congratulations to everyone involved!