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Statement on The Calgary Drop-In Centre's Proposed Recovery-Orientated Services

2022-08-05 1:18 PM | Vice President (Administrator)

The East Village Neighbourhood Association’s (EVNA) vision is to see an inclusive, thriving, and vibrant East Village where all are welcome.

We believe this means taking a holistic view on societal issues in a manner that encourages all members of society to participate in finding solutions. Our members have expressed their concerns about the recovery services the Drop-In Centre - at the request of the UCP government - is looking to implement. There is particular concern around the overdose prevention components of the plan. EVNA hears our neighbours and want to support them and ensure their voices are included, whether for or against such programs. The Community Information Sessions were a great start but all of us in the East Village need to hear directly from each level of our political leaders, the emergency response teams, and the other agencies part of and affected by this possible change.

The Drop-In Centre cannot be expected to carry the burden, or the solution themselves. There needs to be a broad, all-encompassing approach that includes everyone; from the government, the agencies, our Calgary communities, and individuals. Downtown Calgary, particularly the east end, hosts a disproportionate number of services and while we welcome all, we need to be realistic of one small community’s capacity and remember the need to provide local services to other communities. If such a program goes forward, the East Village residents require, and deserve no less than the full involvement and backing of all parties to ensure the continued, successful revitalization of this community while providing meaningful life-saving resources and housing security to our neighbours. This means, we explicitly ask that the City of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Police Services and the Government of Alberta provide the residents and businesses of East Village a comprehensive, detailed plan that highlights long-term funding to ensure the safety and security of all.

East Village is a community of juxtaposition; one of the oldest and at the same time, one of the newest Calgary communities. Our demographics cover any and all ages, nationalities, orientations, and income levels. What makes the East Village so special is this vibrancy of colour created by our residents, and we have no desire to change that. We are proud to call everyone who resides here our neighbour and EVNA will continue to do our part in creating a sense of belonging and ownership for all who live, work, and play in East Village. We ask that the provincial and city governments do the same.  

With Kindness, 

Your EVNA Board


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  • 2022-08-15 2:52 PM | Board of Directors (Administrator)
    Your Elected Officials:

    JYOTI GONDEK, MAYOR
    themayor@calgary.ca
    P.O. Box 2100, Station M, ​
    Calgary, AB T2P 2M5

    TERRY WONG, CITY COUNCILLOR
    ​eaward7@calgary.ca ​
    (403) 305-6806
    P.O. Box 2100, Station M,
    ​Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
    mail code #8001​

    JOE CECI, MLA ​
    Calgary.Buffalo@assembly.ab.ca​
    ​(403) 244-7737
    ​1173 11 Ave SW​
    Calgary, AB T2R 0G4​

    GREG MCLEAN, M.P.​ ​
    Greg.mclean@parl.gc.ca​ ​
    (403) 244-1880​
    #445, 1414 – 8 Street SW
    Calgary, AB​ T2P 1Z9


    Government of Alberta:

    JASON KENNEY, PREMIER
    premier@gov.ab.ca
    (780) 427-2251
    Office of the Premier
    307 Legislature Building
    10800 - 97 Avenue
    Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

    JASON COPPING, MINISTER OF HEALTH
    health.minister@gov.ab.ca
    (780) 427-3665
    423 Legislature Building
    10800 - 97 Avenue
    Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

    MIKE ELLIS, ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
    associateminister-mha@gov.ab.ca
    (780) 427-0165
    130 Legislature Building
    10800 - 97 Avenue
    Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

    LORI SIGURDSON, MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS CRITIC
    Edmonton.Riverview@assembly.ab.ca
    (780) 414-0719
    5th Floor Edmonton Federal Building9820 107 St NW
    Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7

    DAVID SHEPHERD, HEALTH CRITIC
    Edmonton.CityCentre@assembly.ab.ca
    (780) 414-0743
    5th Floor Edmonton Federal Building
    9820 107 St NW
    Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7


    Additional Contacts of Interest:

    SUPERVISED CONSUMPTION SERVICES
    Alberta Health Services
    SCS.Calgary@ahs.ca

    THE CALGARY DROP-IN CENTRE
    Feedback Form: https://yycevna.org/SCS.Calgary@ahs.cahttps://calgarydropin.ca/recovery/

    CHIEF CONSTABLE MARK NEUFELD
    Calgary Police Service
    Office of the Chief
    (403) 428-5900

Our Vision

An inclusive, thriving, and vibrant East Village where all are welcome to live, learn, work, and play.

OUR MISSION

To encourage conversation and interaction to create a sense of belonging and ownership for all who live, work, and play in East Village.

Our Connection

Email: Info@yycevna.org

Mail: 610 8 Avenue S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 0M1