True North’s Mark Chipman to rally businesses, politicians for $40M addictions centre

The owner of True North Sports and Entertainment is championing an idea that he hopes will ultimately make downtown safer and make addictions treatment easier to access.Mark Chipman will rally the local business community and politicians at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce lunch Friday to get behind a $40 million multi-level addictions treatment centre, located in Point Douglas just outside downtown, at 190 Disraeli Freeway.Story continues below

Speaking exclusively to 680 CJOB’s Richard Cloutier earlier this week, Chipman said it’s beyond time to find new solutions to the problem.READ MORE: Bruce Oake Recovery Centre breaks groundThere were “more and more incidents of daytime chronic public intoxication right outside our front door,” Chipman said.“It became more frequent and more troublesome to the point where you can’t walk by it or look away from it without it affecting you.”After an intoxicated man relieved himself outside the window when Chipman was at a meeting downtown a few years ago, he decided to act, he said.Chipman reached out to key leaders in health, addictions and law enforcement communities and helped found the Community Wellness and Public Safety Alliance (CWPS Alliance).“I came to understand was that there were a lot of people involved in providing different aspects of service to the population that’s most affected by chronic alcohol and substance abuse,” he said.