Town of Bashaw council decides treatment centre will have to wait to re-apply


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By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Bashaw town council turned down a request from an addictions treatment program to reconsider its denied application to operate a new program at a retreat centre in town. The decision was made at the July 22 regular meeting of council.

Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller presented councillors with an application for a business development permit for the Bashaw Retreat Centre located at 5340 51A Street to accommodate a family addictions treatment program to be operated by an organization called Young Spirit Winds from Maskwacis.

A presentation made at a June council meeting by applicant James Carpenter stated Young Spirit Winds operates a program for First Nations youth dealing with addictions, and Young Spirit Winds wanted to host a new program at the Bashaw Retreat Centre that includes the youth and their families.

Young Spirit Winds organization describes itself on its Facebook page as, “We are a First Nations Youth Treatment Facility designed to assist First Nations youth ages 12-17 with drug & alcohol addictions, Grief & Loss, anger mngmt.”

This item is reprinted with permission from the East Central Alberta Review. For the complete article, click HERE

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