I’m pulling back the curtain a wee bit here to “show how the sausage is made,” so to speak, when it comes to the article that published today on The Brantford Clinic’s pending opening.
I was happy that Kim Paumier, centre director, was willing to sit down with me for a variety of reasons. First, it makes the article fairer because she has an opportunity to address the concerns of those who’ve spoken out about the incoming clinic. It gives her a voice in the issue and an opportunity to put what she has to say about the clinic’s business out there as part of the conversation (whether readers choose to believe it or not).
It also provides a mechanism to hold the clinic to account on what she’s said. Let’s review.
“This will be a full-service clinic,” clinic director Kim Paumier explained in an interview this week at the building.
“Someone could be seen here by a physician for general practice. It’s not a walk-in clinic; it’s by appointment only.”
Paumier explained the clinic, which will include counselling and psychiatry, will be run by a group of physicians currently practising in Ancaster, Burlington, Cambridge and Dundas.
Paumier said that methadone will not be the primary business of the clinic, which will serve a broader range of patients than those seeking addiction treatment.
“It’s a tool in the toolbox when it comes to treatment of an addict,” Paumier said of methadone.
“Is it our primary focus? No. Our primary focus is addiction and mental health and primary care.”
Informed of the Beckett petition, Paumier said she will meet with anyone in the community who has questions about the clinic and she offered to show the facility and fully explain the services that will be available.
Of particular concern, she said, is that the early rumours will cast the clinic in a negative light and ultimately impact the patients who need its services.
The ellipses indicate gaps in what I took from the original article to quote here.
Tally those statements up one by one to hold this business to account. If it ends up being a single-purpose methadone treatment facility and dispensary, that’s not what it said it would be. If Paumier doesn’t end up meeting with her neighbours, then that’s not what she said to me Wednesday.
So while it may seem as though I’ve been “soft” on Paumier by writing so much of what she had to say unopposed by others, it also in a sense leaves lots of room to be critical when reality on the ground turns out to be different than the promotional pitch. From another angle, to be honest, the critics couldn’t point me to anything that could be verified showing this clinic was going to be what everyone fears it will become.
So what was said might actually end up being helpful, particularly since there’s nothing that’s come to light that can prevent this business from opening and operating.