Supportive recovery centre to pull out of Osoyoos

By on April 17, 2018

The Brandon Jansen Memorial Foundation has informed the Town of Osoyoos that it is abandoning its efforts to establish a supportive recovery centre for recovering drug addicts at 5 Bayview Crescent. The decision followed an inquiry by the town into reports that the centre was already operating ahead of zoning and license approval. The foundation told the town that any activity on the site related to residential renters. (Richard McGuire photo)

The Brandon Jansen Memorial Foundation has abandoned its efforts to establish a supportive recovery centre for recovering drug addicts across from Goodman Park.

Barry Romanko, Town of Osoyoos chief administrative officer, made the announcement at the start of Monday’s regular council meeting.

The announcement came two hours before a scheduled public hearing in which numerous residents of the neighbourhood are objecting to a proposed bylaw that would add supportive recovery facilities to the town’s zoning bylaw and permit them in residential areas.

Romanko said the town “received complaints of allegedly illegal operations of a supportive recovery centre” and initiated an enforcement action including sending letters to the parties.

In response, the Brandon Jansen Foundation claimed it was not operating a supportive recovery centre at the location at 5 Bayview Crescent.

The foundation also said it, “has subsequently decided to abandon their efforts to establish a supportive recovery centre in Osoyoos,” Romanko reported.

“Actions in the home are directly related to the residential rental of the property,” Romanko said the foundation told him.

In March, the Osoyoos Times confirmed that the existing tenants on the property were required to leave at short notice before the end of March.

Romanko said the “alleged actions” of the Brandon Jansen Memorial Foundation to establish the recovery centre, “have been very time consuming for [town] staff and council and created a stressful environment for the neighbourhood and the community as a whole.”

Meanwhile, Interior Health (IH) has acknowledged that neither the Brandon Jansen Memorial Recovery Centre nor the Brandon Jansen Foundation is licensed by IH.

That information was first reported by Daphne Bramham of the Vancouver Sun.

The foundation’s application to IH was rejected in November.

“The application was assessed and it was determined the proposed services did not meet the threshold for a residential care license,” Aaron Miller, IH corporate director of population health, told Bramham in an email.

“The applicant was encouraged to consult with the Assisted Living Registry,” Miller continued. However, the foundation didn’t apply for registration.

The registrar can fine unregistered residences up to $10,000.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

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