About the CSSC

In an effort to find solutions to the impacts of the opioid and opiate epidemic and the housing crisis on the residents of Sandy Hill, and especially North Sandy Hill, the Board voted to create this committee at the May 29, 2023 Board Meeting.

There is a lot of community interest in these issues and this committee is one way for us to work toward community-based solutions and advocate with a strong voice. The committee is open to ASH Members and non-members alike, as long as you are a Sandy Hill resident we would love to have you join.

The terms of reference were approved by the ASH Board on June 26, 2023.

Broad Mandate
To address matters pertaining to housing, and social services that impact Sandy Hill on behalf of the ASH Board of Directors. The CSS Committee has been created to address the needs of Sandy Hill residents and will act to improve community safety and wellness through research, advocacy, representation, and collaboration.

Click here to read the full draft ToR

Click here for agendas, meeting notes, and reports.

Updates from ASH

March 21, 2024: Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee
CSSC Chair and the ASH Secretary delegated in support Councillor Plante’s motion to look into a website to combine information on problematic properties.
Other delegations included members of the Vanier and Hintonburg Community Associations

The motion is presented at 1h 36m 43s
The delegations begin at 1h 38m 08s with the ASH Secretary
The delegation from the CSSC Chair begins at 2h 18m 17s

March 13, 2024: CSSC Committee member publishes an Op-Ed in the Citizen
Khazaeli: Discarded drug debris is hurting kids. The city needs to act | Ottawa Citizen

March 1, 2024: ASH Vice-Chair and Councillor Plante Interviewed for CBC’s second article on Safer Supply
A bitter pill: Safer supply program flawed but vital, patient says | CBC News

February 28, 2024: ASH Chair and Vice-Chair Interviewed for CBC article series on Safer Supply
As drugs overwhelm this downtown block, is safer supply the problem or the solution? | CBC News
Rattrapage du 28 février 2024 : Saison hivernale morose pour les stations de ski, et retour sur le conseil municipal spécial de Gatineau (radio-canada.ca) Commentaires de Louise Lapointe, Présidente de l’ACS, à 2 min. 08 sec.

January 29, 2024: ASH Community and Social Services Priorities

At the Action Sandy Hill Board Meeting on January 29, 2024, the ASH Board approved the following priorities for the CSS Committee and directed the committee to develop position statements 8 for each of them:

City of Ottawa Responsibilities
Deconcentration of Services (review and update)
Garbage/Waste Management
Safer Supply
CTSs and Treatment
Community Wellness

November 28 2023: Ottawa Community Services Committee

CSSC Committee Chair, Calla Barnett and one resident and committee member, Anya Fraser, delegated at the City of Ottawa Community Services Committee. Councillor Plante intervened as a committee member as well.

Delegations begin at 39 min. 36 sec.
CSSC Chair 2h 33min
Ms. Fraser 4h 31min
Councillor Plante 6h 20min

November 27, 2023: Ottawa Police Services Board
CSSC Committee Chair, Calla Barnett, and two residents and committee members, Anya Fraser and Keith Nuthall delegate at the Ottawa Police Services Board

Mr. Nuthall 16min 45 sec
CSSC Chair 27min 49 sec
Ms. Fraser 34min 32 sec

November 06, 2023: Board of Health

Councillor Stephanie Plante, CSSC Committee Chair, Calla Barnett, and Sandy Hill Residents delegate at the Ottawa Board of Health in reaction the City of Ottawa’s Overdose Response.


Resident delegations start around 2h10min.
Councillor Plante 2h 19min
CSSC Chair 2h 26min

September 08, 2023:

Committee Chair, Calla Barnett and Councillor Stéphanie Plante were interviewed in a podcast from the basement (!!!) of Capital City Mission for The Recovery Connection by Jericho Road to discuss Ward 12, Sandy Hill, the Housing Crisis and the Impact of the Toxic Drug Supply, among so many other things! Check out what they have to say!


August 22, 2023
Letter to Minister Jones requesting a review of Consumption and Treatment Sites in Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health