The cash from parking tickets could be going into our local food banks next month. Timmins is talking about doing a food drive in exchange for parking tickets, for a one or two week period leading up to the holidays.

However Mayor Steve Black says the drive won’t allow people to just give canned food whenever they get a ticket, because of the way the Ontario Legislation is written in terms of collecting fines. So instead, the city would bank the money collected from parking tickets during a designated time period, and use that for a food bank donation.

Councillor Pat Bamford raised some concerns about the program, saying the core service review from KPMG told the city to be careful about their charitable donations. He says there are very few opportunities for the city to reduce costs without reducing services, and the money from parking tickets is a serious revenue for the city. That money goes into maintaining parking lots in the city.

A report is going to come back to council to give an idea of the financial impact setting dollars collected from fines aside for a one or two week period.