Nanaimo City Hall reopened today with added security, a day after concerns about a pop-up injection site on the property prompted administrators to lock the doors.
The site was operating out of a parking lot at City Hall which raised concerns from CUPE LOCAL 401, prompting the city manager to shut down shop for the day.
Councillor Gord Fuller, who spearheaded the site, says he’s getting frustrated.
“Isn’t that interesting that coastal health can do something over the holiday that Island health can’t? The whole idea in doing this was to spur Island Health into getting off your bureaucratic butts and moving forward with an overdose protection site.”
Island Health says an official facility site is on the way for Nanaimo but won’t hint at a timeline.
“It’s just to me, this is a huge overreaction. We should be on Island Health to move forward and get going. Yes, it’s a holiday, but you know what? People dying don’t take holidays.”
Island Health says its working with the city, police, and community groups to get a sanctioned site, but wouldn’t say what barriers remain.