“This needs to stop immediately”
May 30, 2023 – (TORONTO) – Thanks to the help of brave whistleblowers in the Toronto shelter system, mayoral candidate Anthony Furey today exposed the existence of crack pipe kits featuring a City of Toronto logo that are now being handed out – not just at drug sites but at shelters across the City.
“Most Toronto residents will be shocked to learn that their tax dollars are going to crack pipes and crystal meth kits,” Furey said. “This is not just going on at drug injection sites, though: Shelters across the City are now being told they must distribute these drug kits, and basically become injection sites.”
This isn’t just a downtown issue either, Furey added. “This is coming to Etobicoke, Scarborough and North York. Shelters – including non-profit sector family shelters – are being forced by the City to provide drug paraphernalia or risk losing their funding.”
At a media event at Nathan Phillips Square, Furey unwrapped the crack pipe and crystal meth kits that are “branded” with the Toronto Public Health official logo. Furey learned about the true extent of the problem from whistleblowers who work in the non-profit shelter system.
“Torontonians are looking on in horror at places like Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, and they don’t want to go one step further in that direction,” Furey said. “That’s why I will put an end to pushing taxpayer-funded crack pipes across the system. It’s unbelievable that this even going on.”
Furey added that Torontonians tell him they support his plan to phase out injection sites and replace them with treatment centres.
“I’m here to stop this decline – while we still can. We can fix this!”