Last week the city gave notice to Whispers Of Hope: Cease operating on Friday and get packing to leave – your lease is done.
And Whispers responded with No we will not stop operating, you have no legal reason to terminate our lease.
This week the city relented a bit. their new stance can be found in this press release on the city’s website. The new notice can be read below (here is the link to that PDF doc on the city’s own website).
Essentially they’ve given Whispers 30 days to straighten out and fly right (by the terms of their agreement) or face eviction. And it also says they have 6 months to find a new home even if they do conform. So Whispers / BETHS have some extra time to achieve a move to another place. Some other place not in the city’s yard, back or front.
Unfortunate for sure but not the end of the world just yet. BETHS isn’t even open for the season and they have to find a new place and find a way to make it habitable at least to whatever standards a shelter needs to conform to. To see what they did to make this place take a look a what it was like when it opened.
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Friday morning Aug 4, 2017
At 9AM supporters of Whispers Of Hope turned out to rally and add their voices to the conversation around this latest action by the city of Grand Forks. (see documents at the bottom of the page)
Nearly 60 people were gathered around the north steps to hear what was said. Organizers Lorraine Dick and Teresa Taylor were joined by Louise Heck, Board Chair of the Whispers Of Hope Benevolence Association. Then the public were invited to speak. A number did: former board members, community social activists, customers of the thrift store and others. Among them was even retired councilor and Mayor Jake Raven.
CBC Radio interviewed Mayor Konrad Thursday morning (8:04 into the recording) As she mentioned on a CBC Radio interview the next day (7:59 into the recording) Ms. Heck said the board was not caving in to the city’s demand to cease operations and vacate the premises.
Watch and Listen to what was said below.
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The meetings that were supposed to happen on June 12 were put off to June 19.
The Committee Of The Whole meeting may be viewed below.
Viewing of the Regular (evening) meeting is on hold pending legal consultation.
At some point in the future the meeting in whole or part will likely be available but at this point all I can offer you is my words to council at the end of the meeting.
This day they had only one meeting – and, at 20 minutes length, it was possibly a record for brevity.
The Agenda had 3 councilor reports, 2 recommendations for decision, 4 Info items and one bylaw and no real arguments.
In its entirety