Mayoral candidate Murray promises 'immediate' addictions treatment services

Mayoral candidate Glen Murray is promising to put the brakes on Winnipeg's widening social crisis by ensuring the city has more addictions treatment and recovery services.

The catch is much if not most of the money would come from other levels of government after he takes office and spends more than a year putting the details of a plan that would

also involve dozens of addictions-treatment centres, non-profit housing organizations, churches and community-health organizations. On Friday, Murray stood alongside the

leaders of three addictions-recovery centres and promised Winnipeggers would be able to obtain access to addictions treatment "with little or no wait time" and also have a place

to live. "I am going to beat this drum if I have to every week for eight years until we've done this," said Murray, suggesting he intends to serve two terms as mayor if

he's elected in October. He then broke into tears as he described how his succumbed to addictions and died three years ago, in Calgary. "You think when someone gets

to 46 years old, they're safe. You finally got it done. And then to spend your life invested in people's lives to see these brutal drugs come out and kill people you love," Murray

said. Murray also pledged to "immediately restore and scale up" funding for outreach programs at community health centres such as Mount Carmel Clinic, Nine Circles

Community Health and Klinic Community Health Centre, noting their funding has been cut by the province. He also said he will work other levels of government to restore this

funding and also restore funding for housing programs he described as underfunded.