Remediation and clean up work of the former Peace Haven location in Pouce Coupe is now well underway.
On May 15, 2019, the call came in the Pouce Coupe fire department the Peace Haven building burning to the ground. Firefighters stopped spread of the fire to portions of building and contained the fire – keeping an eye on the blaze for the next day.
A year later in April of 2020 – the Village of Pouce Coupe offered to purchase the Peace Haven lands back from North Wind Healing for $1 after insurance denied insurance claim related to the fire. North Wind Healing Centre had planned building a large addictions centre on the land.
Executive director Isaac Hernandez confirmed the 2019 blaze was deemed an arson – and prior to the fire due to break-ins and vandalism, the building’s sprinkler system was not operational. Hernandez told the Mirror he expected clean-up crews on site late September/early October of 2021.
The society took over the facility from Northern Health in 2015.
If renovated, North Wind hoped the Pouce Coupe facility could offer a full range of treatment services for many people at one time people at a time. This was to include space for people struggling with opioid withdrawal to detox, as well as after care for recovering addicts.
Initially, the goal was to pay for renovations with donations from the oil and gas industry, with a number of government agencies potentially contributing operational funding.