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Updated: 13th November 2019 15:04 Calgary

Billionaire urges council to educate against drug addiction

A rarely-heard voice supports the city putting money into educating people about drug addiction.

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A rarely-heard voice supports the city putting money into educating people about drug addiction.

Billionaire Ron Mannix showed up at a Calgary council committee Wednesday to back the city putting $150,000 into the program.

It's not often that Ron Mannix is in front of a microphone, and rarer still for the billionaire philanthropist to speak at a public meeting.

Mannix, one of Canada's wealthiest businessmen, told the committee that using money from a reserve fund for an awareness campaign on the dangers of illegal drug use will pay off many times over.

"I would encourage you to look at what you're spending in the different places and areas and how you might divert it from one area to another to become much more effective," said Mannix.

The idea came up after several people died last winter after taking ecstasy contaminated with PMMA. If city council approves, the city money will supplement provincial resources.

Many on the committee said they supported the idea, but some, like Aldermen Andre Chabot, aren't sure this is a good use of city money.

"The more we take on, the greater of an expectation there is for us to continue to provide funding for those kind of services and you know what? We just don't have the financial capacity to take on more responsibility that ultimately is a provincial responsibility," said Chabot.

The final decision will be made by city council later this month.

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