CFUW Aurora/Newmarket – The Opioid Crisis
Donald MacPherson, the Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) and Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia was the guest speaker for our January Aurora/Newmarket club general meeting; his topic Saving Lives, Responding to the Opioid Crisis in Canada.
Accidental opioid overdose deaths in our country have been of critical concern and exacerbated during implementation of Covid-19 mitigation measures. There was a staggering 74% increase in opioid related deaths in the six month period of April to September 2020. For this important topic we opened our meeting to our broader community as well as CFUW members from other clubs. Donald spoke about the challenges faced by drug users and their families and states that our responses to this crisis have been a public policy disaster.
Changes need to be made now to help prevent future deaths, which are often a result of contaminated drugs and unsafe drug use practices. The solution lies in replacing criminalization of drug use with Public Health guidelines and regulations as well as implementation of supervised consumption sites.Our club will be writing to our MPs and MPPs to express our concern and ask for immediate action. This is a national crisis and cannot be ignored any longer.
CFUW Barrie & District Donate $1175 to Local Food Bank
With food insecurity at an all time high, especially during the Christmas season, CFUW Barrie and District members once again provided generous assistance to Barrie and Alliston Food Banks. Vice President Vi and Treasurer Karen presented a donation to Executive Director Sharon Palmer.
CFUW Southport Donations from 31st Annual Vigil
CFUW Southport held their 31st annual Vigil on December 6th at Coulter Parkette in Port Elgin to raise awareness of gender – based violence. Donations totaling $2100 were received and CFUW will be sending cheques for $700 to the Kabaeshiwim Women’s Respite, Saugeen First Nation, the Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey in Kincardine and the Women’s Centre Grey and Bruce in Owen Sound.
On December 11, CFUW Stratford sent a letter to the mayor and City Council urging that current budget negotiations include sufficient resources and personnel to carry out the the Stratford climate action plan, adopted October 25, 2021, during 2022. Members have signed a petition in support of this letter. Read more …
A local environmental group is considering whether to launch an industrial, commercial,and institutional (ICI) Waste Reduction Group. The CFUW Stratford Climate Action Group is looking at ways the club might support this initiative by calling on retail and grocery stores as well as shoppers to eliminate use of plastic bags entirely.
Truth and Reconciliation
The Stratford Indigenous Learning Group is in the midst of planning a partnership with several garden-related groups in Stratford to encourage Three Sisters Planting in a variety of public and private gardens, as a way of celebrating our Indigenous relationships. Our club is currently sourcing corn, pole bean and squash seeds to be distributed in March or April.