June 18, 2021
A protest, memorial and circle took place this week at Toronto City Hall to mark and remember the more than 6,000 individuals across Canada who died due to the toxic drug supply in 2020.
Street Health’s Harm Reduction Worker, Ben Ward attended and took these photos including the one of circle dancer Dan Secord from the New Credit First Nation. The circle was led by Les Harper, Saddle Lake Cree Nation and Health Promoter, South Riverdale Health Centre.
“Last year we witnessed a 60% increase in overdose deaths and we are grieving the loss of friends, colleagues and loved ones,” states Ben. “We need to see more action at all levels of government to help agencies and community members cope with and bring an end to this overdose epidemic.”
The Toronto Overdose Prevention Society organized this day to highlight the Board of Health recommendations and the lack of action that is resulting in the continuing loss of lives at alarming rates.