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We're unique in the province,” says Mr. Long. “People think of methadone clinics and they think of people lining up and smoking and causing a nuisance in the neighbourhood. We're different. We are not bringing drug users in. Our clients are people who've been in the program for an average of 5 to 7 years, they are in the process of getting their lives together, they are lawyers, they are recreational hockey players.”Coming to a neighbourhood near you.
Along the way, nobody informed local residents. But under current laws, they didn't need to. Substance dependence is considered a disability under the Human Rights Code. Virtually every Ontario municipality that has tried to weed out methadone clinics has been overruled for discrimination reasons by the Ontario Municipal Board.In Ontario all methadone clinics should be established by law in neighbourhoods where anti-discrimination Ontario Municipal Board members live. How could they object?
And that's the way the Ball bounces.
Sunday Prayer: Lord, we pray for those afflicted by addictions of any kind. May they find release from addiction's power through the mighty power of Jesus Christ. Amen.