Manitoba Opposition to delay bill that would license some addiction centres

Canada Global (Web News) The supervised drug consumption sites and some other addiction treatment facilities would need to be licenced, according to a measure that the opposition New Democrats in Manitoba say they intend to postpone from being passed.

The NDP has selected Bill 33 as its first item this year under the Opposition’s ability to delay up to five bills in the legislature until the fall each spring.

Given that an election is slated for October 3, the delay means that the bill may never become law.

The law was submitted by the Progressive Conservative administration last month.

Standards of care would be established, minimal levels of medical supervision would be necessary, and offenders would be subject to fines of up to $50,000 per day.

The law, according to the New Democrats, appears to be intended as a barrier for organisations like Sunshine House, which has been granted a federal exemption to run a mobile overdose prevention van in the heart of Winnipeg.

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