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Terrace responds to Coroners Inquest recommendations

The City of Terrace has responded to the recommendations made in a Coroners Inquest into the death of a young Terrace woman.

Last October a BC Coroners Inquest was held, looking into the death of 25 year Alyssa George.

Alyssa George went into medical distress while in custody at the Terrace RCMP Detachment and later died in a hospital in Vancouver.

It found that George was suffering from severe alcoholism, and had unsuccessfully looked for a placement in a detox centre in Prince George as no facilities are available in Terrace.

The inquest put forth 16 recommendations, with 11 directed at the City of Terrace.

Most of those recommendations are jointly directed to the RCMP and the city, with the city mainly deferring responses to the RCMP.

One recommendation specific to the city asks for the establishment of a abuse/detox centre.

The city’s response is that it’s working with Northern Health and other stakeholders to develop a care plan for individuals at risk.

The city also rejected a recommendation of hiring a second guard for the holding cells, saying the cost would be prohibitive, and that the current number of guards is adequate.

The cell guards are municipal workers under the supervision of the RCMP, and are paid for by the city.

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