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Community groups question funding cuts

Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 11:19 am MDT

PHOTO. Supplied. NAthalia Cordeau-Hilliard. Reporter.

Community groups arrived to Tuesday night’s last minute council meeting questioning cuts from their funding.

The provincial government allocates $1.9 million to the municipality through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) grants, $300,000 of which goes towards community groups.

Several groups found funds were being cut due to ineligibility, but had been approved in previous years


Luana Bussieres, director of St. Aidan’s Society said the agency  has lost $24,342 in funding for casual labour, staff travel, insurance, client & caregiver support and client needs, all expenses that she says were previously approved.

Administration said funding requests last year totalled less than $300,000, compared to over $1 million this year, allowing them to be more lenient in terms of eligibility.

After a motion from Councillor Murphy, council agreed to have the $1.9 million in provincial funding reviewed.

The meeting was opened with Mayor Scott proclaiming Mar. 21, 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Mayor Scott then invited 7-year-old Owen to the mayor’s chair at the horseshoe, naming him Honorary Mayor, followed by the proclamation of Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness on Mar. 26, 2018.

The council meeting which was to be held on Mar. 13, has been cancelled.