Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Councilwoman Anita Price Does Battle

Councilwoman Anita Price Gets Emotional

Councilwoman Anita Price Gets Emotional

No one could move Councilwoman Anita Price on her resistance to cutting the Juvenile Justice Program. In some cases it is “court ordered” and in other cases it is a referral to the program by a school division or a parent. The program cuts would have included the total elimination of Sanctuary, a program used for voluntary early intervention prior to the Court becoming involved.  Some youth are accepted from outside of the city’s jurisdiction said the City Manager, Darlene Burcham.

Price held back as long as she could and finally broke her silence asking “whats the alternative? We have more and more kids being parented by grandparents and great-grandparents who are not physically able to maintain them in their home.”   There were 113 children served last year at Sanctuary and Price wanted to know what would happen to those 113 children if Sanctuary closes. Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea agreed that “early intervention” is vital and he “was not comfortable” with cutting the program. Burcham said, “sometimes when you have the resource you give them an out not to deal with the problem.” Bucham thought a long discussion was needed to establish “community standards” and to instill acceptable behaviours for the community. “We as a society have allowed this to happen,” said Burcham. If you don’t have the resourse then they find other means. They should be asked, “what are you going to do about it” instead of relying on other resources, said Burcham.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Finance



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