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Women’s Shelter or Social Housing?

The future of the Good Samaritan Inn is still up in the air. At Monday’s city council meeting, Councillor John Curley says there is no clear direction on if it would be a women’s shelter, or social housing. Council was looking to have a bylaw passed last night to have a women’s shelter and a thrift shop, but it was deferred by Mayor Elect Steve Black. Black says he wants to make sure the bylaw is clear, as once it is written it can be strictly enforced. He says this time they’ve identified as a women’s shelter, but when the group was in front of council for the first time, they wanted social housing. Black says by the strict wording of the bylaw, they wouldn’t be able to be a women’s shelter and also allow children and families. Black says he wants to make sure they have what they want in the zoning bylaw, so there is no confusion down the road.

The matter will come back to council after the direction of the shelter is clear.

Photo: Councillor Curley discussing the issue at city council

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