In My Backyard

Starting as just a tent, the overdose-prevention site has been open since August 2017 in opposition to city and federal rules that frown upon a 40-foot trailer parked in the public space and which require exemptions to allow for the supervised drug-consumption services offered inside.

But as the crisis claimed 187 lives in Toronto between May and October 2017, police and bylaw enforcement officers stood down as nurses and harm reduction workers staffing the site together reversed 200 overdoses at last count. Not a single person has died at the site.