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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Councillor Wants PALS-inspired Program At Community Centres

Councillor Donnie Snook wants community centres around the city to offer some new programming.

Snook says a program based on the PALS program, which has businesses sponor schools and tutor students, should be adopted.

He says the goals of such a program is to help youths in priority neighbourhoods realize their full potential and centres could ask private companies to volunteer their time to help youths with after school tutoring and mentoring.

The city will be doing a feasability study. 

Snook hopes a pilot project can be ready by the end of the year.

Two Flood Relief Benefits Raise Thousands

Two fundraising events for flood victims in the province a great success.

Market Square the scene of a telethon raising about 19 thousand dollars in cash donations with more to come from online and text donations.

Meanwhile, a Flood Relief Benefit Concert at the Eastern Charlotte County Lions Club in Pennfield raising about 10 thousand dollars.

Organizer Paul Evans tells CHSJ News they were seperate events but had the same goals.

You can still contribute to the cause -- a texting campaign called the “Flood Relief Textathon”, where a $5 donation can be made by texting “REDCROSS” or “ROUGE” to the number 30333 goes until days end Jan. 10.

Recovery Efforts Continue

The province says the recovery process continues for homeowners affected by flood waters last month.

More than 11-hundred people have called to register their damages and Public Safety Minster Robert Trevors says inspectors have made it out to most of the homes.

However, about 100 residents are still being housed in hotels or by host families.

January 14th is the deadline to register damages.  Doing so allows you to apply for Disaster Financical Assistance and the deadline for that is February 4th.