Coun. Dennis Ogrodnick was amongst those that voiced help for the home.
“We as council hear on a regular basis that we now have issues with crime, we now have gangs, all of those conditions which are current within the metropolis,” he advised the assembly. “We need to do one thing about it. We have a company, the John Howard Society that desires to do one thing about it.”
Ogrodnick argued it could be higher to have weak youth dwelling in a supportive, supervised facility than renting an condo themselves, one thing he stated may very properly occur “if we don’t approve this.”
Coun. Charlene Miller additionally spoke in favour of approving the permit.
“For me, I wish to be part of the answer in serving to these younger males get educated, get higher, get more healthy for our neighborhood, so we will dwell and thrive in it collectively,” she stated.
Opposition from neighbors
Meanwhile mayor Greg Dionne stated after talking with neighbours he wouldn’t help the venture.
“At the top of the day, I imagine we now have to hearken to the residents. That’s who elected us, that’s who put us in right here to make the choices for them,” he stated.
Dionne stated he supported the John Howard Society and Riverbank Development Corporation however he “[couldn’t] let that weigh on [his] coronary heart.”
“I’ve to make the suitable choice and the vast majority of folks within the neighborhood don’t want the home there,” he stated.
Coun. Don Cody echoed Dionne’s feedback saying the organizations behind the proposed home did nice work, however that didn’t outweigh residents’ considerations.
“Sure, we’re going to attempt to rehabilitate 5 folks [living in the home],” he stated. “But what are we doing on the expense of the others which are round them?”
The deciding vote on the matter got here all the way down to the councillor representing the ward the place the care home was to be situated.
“I got here right here at present looking for a strategy to say sure,” Coun. Ted Zurakowski stated, earlier than outlining numerous causes he would in the end vote in opposition to the care home.
He stated if the consultative course of had been longer and extra concerned, “I feel we may have assisted them [the John Howard Society] in being profitable.”
“I feel asking folks to turn out to be concerned in a really quick time frame, folks turn out to be cautious of what they don’t know,” he stated.
Later within the assembly, Zurakowski made a separate movement to evaluate the communication course of for related tasks.
Zurakowski closed his remarks by referencing a younger mom who lived subsequent door to the proposed home. He defined she was fearful folks with prison data or a historical past of intercourse offences may find yourself dwelling there and the town had been unable to assuage her considerations.
“That younger mom with three children, I feel she has to have a voice as properly, I feel we now have a accountability to amplify her voice,” he stated.
Council vote 5-4 to disclaim the proposed care home’s growth permit. Dissenting votes got here from Dionne, Cody, Zurakowski, Tony Head and Blake Edwards. Those in favour of granting the permit have been Ogrodnick, Miller, Terra Lennox-Zepp and Dawn Kilmer.
John Howard Society reacts to choice
For his half Shawn Fraser, CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, stated he revered metropolis council’s choice.
“They have a tough job, they’ve lots of pursuits to stability,” he stated. “It’s unlucky. From our perspective, we noticed this as one thing optimistic for the neighborhood… however that’s the way it goes typically.”
Fraser famous that the broader program that youth dwelling on the home would have been part of remains to be set to go forward in P.A.
“The excellent news is that this venture is about to launch, we’ve employed 4 folks in Prince Albert, we’re about to rent one other 4. We’ll be taking younger males into this system beginning within the subsequent few weeks,” he stated.
As for the supervised dwelling facet of this system, Fraser stated that’s been “set again” by the council choice however the group will regroup and take into account wanting for one other location.
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