Braeside residents outraged over a recently opened methadone clinic in an area strip mall were packed to the rafters of the community centre to voice their opposition.
The fire marshal was forced to turn a line of hundreds away, and virtually all in attendance were whipped into a frenzy over issues surrounding the clinic’s operation and clientele.
Darla Meijer, who lives about four blocks from the clinic, spoke out against the business that has been operating since Monday, allegedly without letting area residents know.
“My concern is that my daughter is going to be a teenager and she wants some freedom in the community,” said Meijer. “I can’t do anything about the drug addicts or drug deals, but I have an opportunity to do something about this and it doesn’t have to be here.”
Ald. Brian Pincott fielded questions from angry residents concerned the city would allow a methadone clinic in their community.
“My goal is that if Second Chance is going to be in our community it is up to us as a community to make sure it works as best as it can,” said Pincott.
Pincott and the community association are planning to work together to come up with a plan to deal with residents’ concerns.