At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday September 3, Councillor Adam Bureau made a “Notice of Motion” – this means the motion will be considered at the next Council meeting. The motion asks permission from Council to form a partnership and invite the Cobourg Police Service, the Cobourg Fire Department, Northumberland EMS and representatives from the county, MPP David Piccini and MP Kim Rudd. They would then hold a round table discussion to come up with suggestions to combat the opioid crisis. The choice of people is because “this group of people deals with this issue on an almost daily basis and would have first-hand knowledge on recommendations on how to eliminate opioids and other harmful and fatal drugs from our community”.
Adam wants the round table to be held at Venture 13 on October 1st and to bring back their recommendations to Council. (File photo above-right)
Adam was particularly concerned about opioid addiction since he once had that problem. After experiencing a “horrific car accident” in 2002 his doctor prescribed oxycontin and he quickly became addicted to it. Adam considers himself to be one of the lucky ones since he was able to overcome his addiction but he “could have just as easily not been so lucky” (See the link below to see all of what he said). Councillor Nicole Beatty moved an amendment asking to expand the round table to include other stakeholders – her amendment was interrupted by the arrival of the bat (see previous article) but her additions were agreed. Adam will be personally inviting all the people involved.
Update – 6 Sept 2019
Note from Adam Bureau
This will be the official list I present to council on Monday.
New list that will be in attendance
#1 – MP Kim Rudd
#2 – MPP David Piccini
#3 – Warden Bob Sanderson
#4 – Chief of Fire Department Mike Vilneff
#5 – Chief of Police Paul Vandegraff
#6 – Chief of the EMS Tarmo Uukkivi
#7 – Catharine Macdonald who is a substance and harm reduction coordinator with the HKPR
#8 – Lisa Horne who is the director of community and social services
#9 – Sarah Tanner who is the county services Manager
#10 – David Sheffield Green Wood coalition
#11 – Nicole Wittmore Green Wood coalition
#12 – Chantelle Bureau Student at Fleming college studying sociology and the opioid crisis and had a father who was addicted to opioids.
#13 – Shannon Murphy our town emergency planner
#14 – Last but definitely not least council.
All have been contacted and are coming.