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2014-07-28 at 23:43

Review 'overdue'

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY -- Coun. Joe Virdiramo says a review of how city community centres are governed is “overdue.”

City council agreed Monday night.

Council approved a motion introduced by the Westfort councillor, requesting city administration develop a report to evaluate the framework and partnership between the volunteer boards that run community centres and the city to ensure their long-term sustainability.

The resolution is in response to last month’s resignation of the president and five members of the West Thunder Community Centre’s volunteer board, which prompted a temporary closure of the Edward Street facility.

“Sometimes it takes a little incident to spur things on,” Virdiramo said following the meeting. “When this occurs then you start questioning and wondering if we should be looking at this.

The city’s recreation and culture division stepped in to help re-open the building earlier this month.

The report, which will likely be presented to the new council next year, will determine policies and procedures in place that will outline the governance model, the city’s responsibility, the responsibility of volunteer boards and how the city provides funding.

It will also conduct an independent review of each community centre, starting with West Thunder.

At the very least, Virdiramo hopes it will establish a contingency plan in case another crisis situation were to arise.

“Hopefully in the future when a volunteer board, such as the one at West Thunder, for whatever resigns that the centres continue to operate,” Virdiramo said. “I think it’s a common sense thing if we have multi-million dollar facilities in our city run by volunteers.”

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Jim Halpert says:
One issue with west thunder community centre is that city tax dollars were being used to fund the operation of the west thunder cafe. Membership increased since that cafe opened because as a member you were entitled to discounts on meals at the cafe. In my opinion, that is unfair to other restaurants who do not receive city-funding. Glad the cafe pilot project was shut down. So sorry all you 'members' from other parts of the city who paid $5 for a membership to enjoy the meals at a discount.
7/29/2014 12:06:53 AM
Joe-King says:
They are going to shut down a community center that is very popular BUT give money to a very little "youth center" that a fraction of people use over the West Thunder Community Center. This city is so backwards that they are constantly spinning themselves in circles.
7/29/2014 1:33:44 PM
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