Christmas fund on Port council’s agenda

  • Jan. 15, 2003 11:00 a.m.

Port Clements residents who have opinions about the way Gwaii Trust Christmas money is distributed will have a say at this Monday’s council meeting (Jan. 20).
Delina Myles said she has booked time on the agenda for residents to share their ideas with council members.
A portion of Port’s Christmas fund has traditionally been set aside for $50 vouchers from Bayview Market which are handed out to needy families. Ms Myles has criticized this approach, saying the system needs to be changed so that needy families can buy goods or services from any local store.
Ms Myles said she received nine calls from Port residents after she aired her concerns in last week’s Observer.
“I’ve had a number of calls from people telling me things should be done differently,” she said. “The momentum is building and a lot of people are keenly interested in seeing a change.”
Port council members make up half the seats on the Gwaii Trust advisory committee, which advises director Jack Miller on Gwaii Trust issues.