Victoria city councillors are looking for alternatives to the traditional police response to mental-health and addictions issues amid worldwide protests over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody last month. A motion set to go to committee of the whole Thursday calls on city staff to develop a framework for an “alternative response model” in time for the 2021 budget talks.  Read the rest of this article at The Times Colonist…

“It’s been a long time that people have thought: ‘What if we were able to reach out to a homeless person or an Indigenous person with more appropriate care?’ If it’s a mental-health crisis, then maybe a mental-health outreach worker.” — Councillor Sarah Potts

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