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2. COVID-19 Resources
For City Services – Check the city of Toronto website
Shelters and respites are open. More hotels are beds are opening up to isolate people with COVID-19 or suspected of contact. City says the staff has training and the shelters will be safe, but they are trying to create more space.
3 employment and social services offices are open
Public Health, Police, Fire, Ambulance, Water, key city staff are working
Libraries, community centres, city services (weddings, licences etc.)
Provincial offences courts, ticket courts and counters
This map shows downtown resources like food banks, washrooms, drop-ins and COVID-19 assessment centres:
Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction
3. COVID-19 News
Get the news from trusted sources. Check any claim about “cures” “causes” “treatments” that you see on social media.
CBC.ca has around the clock coverage on COVID-19. And all of the other networks are covering it. The Toronto Star has free coverage of COVID-19, for a good Toronto Perspective. Be sure to take some breaks because the news can bring you down or wind you up.
Always check before heading out to an event. Legally events of under 5 people are permitted (as of writing) but many are cancelled for safety. Some of us are actually experts at surviving and thriving in isolation.
I was forcibly isolated in psychiatric services, and frankly it was terrifying for me. I don’t feel that way about the need to isolate for Covid19, in fact I don’t think I would mind if we are all required to isolate ourselves at home. I’m not sure why it feels different. In both cases, the choice is not in my hands, so it can’t just be that. Maybe it feels different because being isolated in a mental health service felt both unnecessary and abusive. It certainly didn’t keep anyone safe, if anything it caused harm. But, I think isolating ourselves because of Covid19 is a sensible step.
How about an advocacy party?
Advocate for tenants and low income folks with ACORN
Drug users in British Columbia are facing two overlapping public health emergencies: COVID-19 and the overdose crisis. Now that countries are closing their borders–the price of street drugs have also started to rise. It’s a grim time. Vancouver just saw the largest spike in fatal ODs since last year.
But there’s also a glimmer of hope: the government has finally agreed to provide us with safer prescription alternatives to street drugs. If you have a “Substance Use Disorder” in British Columbia, you can now access a bunch of prescription opioids, benzos and stimulants –something we’ve been demanding for years.
Resources for Consumer / Survivors / People who use substances / Service and Substance Users / Fun Folks in TORONTO AREA
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