Indigenous healing lodge gets green light in Scarborough neighbourhood – CBC

Local residents had raised concerns about crime, traffic

Jul 26, 2019

An Indigenous healing lodge has been approved for southwest Scarborough, amid objections from local residents.

Scarborough’s committee of adjustment voted unanimously in favour of the lodge at its meeting Thursday afternoon. About 60 to 75 people — both for and against the project — showed up for a 90-minute discussion on the issue, said committee manager Andre Robichaud.

The lodge would offer temporary accommodation and counselling for about a dozen women who are either before the justice system, or re-integrating into society after their incarceration has ended, according to Thunder Women Healing Lodge Society president Patti Pettigrew, whose organization is behind the project.

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