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2014-04-06 at 13:14

Indian Friendship Centre urges city, province to push ahead with youth centre

Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
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By tbnewswatch.com

Officials with the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre are urging the proposed youth centre project to move forward, despite it falling apart late last month.

The organization is requesting the city and province continue with the plans to purchase and renovate the former Port Arthur Prosvita building.

While they are exploring contingency plans, Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre executive director Bernice Dubec says the High Street location is their preferred option.

“We’ll be looking at alternative options in establishing a youth centre in Thunder Bay. Our preference as an organization is to purchase the Prosvita hall and establish a one-stop hub for all youth who are living in our community,” she said late last week.

It is believed that it would cost close to $1 million to purchase the building, with it also requiring an expected $2.3 million in renovations.

Dubec believes it is a project that many in the city support, citing last year’s citizens’ satisfaction survey conducted by the city, where 77 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of a new youth centre.

She added the organization is continuing to work with the federal government on another phase of the project, which would include the Friendship Centre moving to the Prosvita.

A report with options for the youth centre is to go to council later this month.

(Thunder Bay Television)


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Jon Powers says:
Here We Go Again?!

I and others have very serious problems with this location being a site to run "Programs" for "Our At Risk Youth".

If this was only to be used as a Head Quarters and administration building then go right ahead.

For "Programs" it's one hour by bus one way from any part of Thunder Bay.

Some of our city's community centres are under used, some aren't.

Put the programs in the neighbourhood community centres and build up the ones that need to be expanded for new programs.

Perhaps a "Partnership" with all of our local school boards would be of great bennefit to help out with sites for programs and qualifiied staff and volunteers to run them.

Other youth organizations too.

I request that any of the board members of The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre respond to this post. If possible.

Thank You!

Great Story!
tbnewswatch.com
4/6/2014 1:53:23 PM
tbay87 says:
I'm not an expert on at risk youth or anything, but one big youth center for a city the size of Thunder Bay (both population and especially geographically) does seem ... odd. I'd think centralized administration/organization combined with primarily community-driven delivery would be best for all involved.
4/7/2014 2:50:42 PM
RicknB says:
"I and others have very serious problems with this location being a site to run "Programs" for "Our At Risk Youth"."

So what, we shouldn't help them before they get in trouble?
4/8/2014 9:34:32 AM
Dillon says:
Mr. Powers,

A centralized, large youth centre has been a priority for this city for several years. It's going to happen. Youth groups around the city have had te opportunity to submit proposals for that entire time. None have. Now that one has, the city cannot turn around and offer (or force) that funding to other groups. I've seen your posts, an you are big on saving taxpayer money. Does it make sense to renovate/staff several places around the city as opposed to one larger place? Of course not. Talk to other cities about the great effect the newer large YMCA's around the country are having on communities.
If you've already identified that you'd like a large centralized youth centre (as the city has) and a group finally comes forward with a plan for one, the you see what you can work out with then. The other youth groups do not have the infrastructure or the wherewithal to run this thing as of yet.
4/6/2014 2:43:49 PM
Hoss says:
Last years sham of a citizens satisfaction survey needs to be thrown in the garbage . The survey is a farce . A very small minority favor a new youth centre. There are a lot of empty buildings around town, use one of them.
4/6/2014 3:16:10 PM
Watchful says:
I am tired of the Friendship centre thinking I owe them a youth centre. If you want it, build it yourself or get together with the Boys and Girls Club, which has a big building and good programs.
Find your own funding and stay out of my wallet
4/6/2014 4:13:51 PM
jonthunder says:
Instead of looking at this glass as the one youth centre or others...why not look at the benefits of putting this new one in place and coordinating efforts with all the other youth services facilities/ To me, a cooperative and integrated approach on programming and services would be best for all in our community. Let us not let other factors hinder our opportunities for betterment.
4/6/2014 4:45:41 PM
fairlane says:
I think more consultation with our people is needed.
4/6/2014 5:50:53 PM
Kam River says:
There are a number of youth groups in our community that need City Council's Support.
Plus if I had a 13 year old son or daughter I would not be sending them halfway across the city to be with people twice there age taking drug and Alcohol treat programs
I would want my teens to be close to hope.
Why don't ward councilors supports the recreation centres in their wards?
4/6/2014 6:40:03 PM
reese says:
I do not think there will be a bidding war on the property and with the free trade aggrement tender the renovationa from Anchorage to Mexico
Spend other peoples money responsibly
Mostly a youth center does nothing in an uncontrolable society thanks to the young offenders act
4/6/2014 10:50:07 PM
hobbesian_scholar says:
The Young Offenders Act was done away with over a decade ago.
4/7/2014 11:28:18 AM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
if this place is "falling apart", why did they not fix & or do upkeep on the site over the past years? Don't blame us for not doing what you should have done!!
I know a guy that needs a new roof on his house, but he will b getting it fixed, not complaining & figure he should bail on his house & get a new place!!
4/7/2014 5:30:16 AM
RicknB says:
Joe
The editor should have said the funding fell through. Not "falling apart"
But for some reason......he missed it.
The Friendship centre is not falling apart its just too small now for the amount of people looking for services.
4/8/2014 9:31:40 AM
S Duncan says:
If the city funds this, its just another reason to leave for greener pastures.

Why not move outside the city and just come and use everything here without paying for it?
4/7/2014 8:33:17 AM
Jack Frost says:
What part of NO exactly don't these people understand ?!

NOT with my hard earned dollars.

FUND IT YOURSELVES !!!!!!!!!!
4/7/2014 10:41:18 AM
fastball says:
And what part of "taxes don't work that way" don't you understand?
You always have the SD's option as he previously posted....just leave town and pay no city taxes. You can always come to town and access most services for free.
You know....like a parasite.
4/7/2014 12:54:25 PM
Jon Powers says:
Dillon :

" A centralized, large youth centre has been a priority for this city for several years. It's going to happen. Youth groups around the city have had te opportunity to submit proposals for that entire time"

If it were to happen it would have been built already?!

Q: Is Intercity a Neighbourhood?

A: No. Its the largest privite sector business district in the city of Thunder Bay.

Don't take a propperty that payes the city taxes and replace it with one that will require taxes to operate.

Our youth and children should be left in their neighbourhoods and not forced to relocate for their recreational needs.

It has been proven in other cities across the country that centralized centres for youth don't work.

Other city's of our size have multiple centres for "Programs".

Great Posts Everyone!
tbnewswatch.com
4/7/2014 3:31:54 PM
humnchuck says:
Didn't the city just write off the back taxes on this property?

Just curious as to which studies you might cite that conclusively point out "centralized centres for youth don't work".
4/7/2014 9:07:09 PM
homelessteen says:
This city doesn't need a new youth center it needs 24 hour safe houses in each end of town.

4/7/2014 8:26:26 PM
Spartan says:
I'm curious to know what the number of kids are that use the Friendship Centre now on Cumberland street. Then what is the ratio of administrators to kids, I'm sure the payroll doesn't reflect the service. Use the funds to support the neighborhood rec centres and never mind this pipe dream of sending kids across town to one centre. just a bad idea getting worse.
4/7/2014 8:33:52 PM
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