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

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
Housing
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-GLGMZ7WrY

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uNtQHAYckc

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urVNewsKz7s&t=9633s

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