Council briefs: Council lends its support to Family Services

City council is rallying around Campbell River Family Services in its efforts to launch two new programs

City council is rallying around Campbell River Family Services in its efforts to administer and deliver a Homeless Outreach Program and a Homeless Prevention Program in the city.

The programs provide financial assistance and support to those having difficulty making ends meet. Camille Lagueux with Family Services said it’s largely young families and the working poor who benefit from the programs.

Campbell River Family Services has been providing services and counselling support to the local community since 1977 and Lagueux says the addition of these two new programs will enable the organization to help many more.


City gets grant

The city has successfully secured a provincial government Infrastructure Planning grant in order to develop a plan to minimize spending on costly, upcoming water projects.

The $10,000 grant will help the city plan, design and manage its water system by developing a water conservation plan.

Ron Neufeld, the city’s general manager of operations, said in July that having such a plan is key to securing money from senior levels of government for future water initiatives.

The city has several projects on the horizon, including a $22.4 million new drinking water system, of which the city is on the hook for $4.15 million.

Council also endorsed a water and sewer budget in its 2013-17 financial plan that includes a water booster pump station, water main renewal, a main chlorine facility upgrade, and an expansion of the Beaver Lodge Reservoir.


Turning purple

A provincial campaign group for eating disorders awareness wants to turn the city purple.

Kimberly Strain, a committee member of the group, wrote a letter recently asking city council whether the city has any buildings or structures with the capacity to either turn lights purple on the building or shine a purple light on the building on Feb. 5.

Council forwarded the letter to its parks and recreation department as well as the city’s public art committee.

The third annual BC Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign, dubbed #Purple4PEDAW, recognizes National Eating Disorder Awareness Week which is Feb. 1 to 7.

Last year, landmarks in B.C. with purple lights included BC Place, the dome at Science World at Telus World of Science, and the South Okanagan Events Centre.