City OKs funding for commodious Canada Day

Council approves draw from special events fund to help cover cost of portable washrooms at July 1 celebration

The city will pitch in with washrooms for this year’s Canada Day festivities.

Council received a letter from the Canada Day organizing committee at last week’s Monday council meeting asking for some help.

“May we please request $2,500 for the porta-potties on Canada Day,” wrote Carol Chapman. “Thank you always for your tremendous support.”

Coun. Colleen Evans, in support of the letter, asked city staff at Monday’s meeting where city funding in the past has come from for the porta-potties.

But before staff could answer, Mayor Andy Adams said he was under the impression council had already allocated washroom funding.

“I believe we approved $3,500 in the financial plan which is sufficient to cover Canada Day plus other events throughout the year,” Adams said.

Dave Morris, the city’s general manager of facilities and supplies, responded that Adams was in fact correct and that $3,700 has already been budgeted in 2015 for portable washrooms for special events.

Staff said that from that amount, the Canada Day committee will be provided with the $2,500 it’s asking for.

Chapman noted in her letter that once again the Canada Day committee is partnering with not only the city but also Quality Foods which has provided $20,000 this year for the day-long celebration.

Billed as one of the best Canada Day celebrations on the Island, this year’s Campbell River July 1 extravaganza will again feature a parade, all the traditional events, and wraps up with a fireworks display that organizers say will be the largest in its history.

This year’s celebration will be flag-themed, to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the Canada flag.

Canada Day falls on a Wednesday this year.