St. Catharines MPP Calls on Province to Fund Suicide Prevention Barrier on Burgoyne Bridge

A News Release from the Constituency Office of St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens

Posted December 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens

QUEEN’S PARK — The NDP MPP for St. Catharines, Jennie Stevens, has asked the Conservative Minister of Transportation for a response to her urgent request to fund a suicide prevention barrier on the Burgoyne Bridge, in her riding of St. Catharines.

“In October, two people died after jumping from the Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines. Today (this December 18th), we are mourning the loss of another life in our community,” wrote Stevens in an open letter to Minister Jeff Yurek.

“Citizens and elected officials of all political stripes in St. Catharines have acknowledged that suicide barriers are an essential component of a larger prevention strategy; the evidence supports this claim,” Stevens said, citing a study by Sunnybrook Hospital that shows suicide rates in Toronto declined after construction of a barrier on the Bloor Street Viaduct.

Stevens says her office reached out to, to no avail, to the former Transportation minister back in October, requesting that the ministry fund a barrier.

“It is crucial that the Ministry of Transportation help our community by funding this vital piece of infrastructure. Given the urgency of this crisis, I am asking for an immediate response to this letter.

To Watch St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens speaking on this issue in the Ontario legislature, click on the link below –

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One response to “St. Catharines MPP Calls on Province to Fund Suicide Prevention Barrier on Burgoyne Bridge

  1. I agree that a barrier should be installed but is there any verifiable evidence that the barrier on the Bloor Street viaduct reduced the number of suicides or is it possible that suicides still occurred but were not ruled as such because quantifiable evidence was not available.
    It seems to me that a person who is wanting to end his or her life will always find a way, bridge or no bridge. What a barrier will do is prevent further tragedy by preventing a jumper from falling into traffic below.
    This conversation is a sad one and the topic, complex. It is my sincere hope that the dialogue continues and that we see an increase in accessible and properly staffed mental health care facilities.
    In the mean time, let’s all be good to one another and never fail to believe that any small gesture of kindness matters.


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