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Council agrees to discuss with Schumacher Lions Club ways to get it out of financial straits

Timmins city council has agreed to two steps to help the Schumacher Lions Club out of a financial bind.

Because of the pandemic, the 86-year-old club has been unable to run its two biggest fundraisers the past two years: the annual Christmas Craft Show and the Sportsman’s Show, or rent out its hall in the McIntyre Community Building.

Lions Ken Lessard and Dan Ansara were before council Tuesday night, asking for a liaison committee to be formed with the club, to discuss measures like reducing the $1,700 monthly rent the club pays the city.

Behind the endorsement of Councillors Joe Campbell, Cory Robin and Rock Whissell, council agreed.  And Deputy Mayor Kristin Murray pledged to ask the Timmins Economic Development Corporation to give the Lions a grant from the municipal accommodation tax.

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