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Pete McMartin: Little Keremeos has a lesson in humanity for the NIMBYites among us

Community asked tough questions, then embraced a proposed centre for teenage addicts

A notable example can be found in Keremeos. In 2009, the little town of 1,200 saw the establishment of Portage Keremeos at The Crossings, this province’s only publicly funded long-term residential addiction centre for peoples ages 14 to 18. The property, bought in 2000 by Vancouver’s Central City Foundation, is 10 kilometres west of Keremeos, just off Highway 3.

Its opening was preceded by careful spadework. Portage and Central City representatives first approached the village council to explain their intent. A couple of public meetings were held to explain the program.

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