OTTAWA – The heavily-debated Salvation Army shelter, to be built on Montreal Road in Vanier, makes its way into city council discussions this week.
Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury intended to ask for support on capping the shelter at 140 emergency beds, according to the Ottawa Citizen. But a spokesperson tells the paper that the Salvation Army’s not thrilled with this subject coming up again at council.
In November, the hot-button issue ended in a 16-7 vote to change zoning and by-law restrictions to allow the project to proceed.
The Salvation Army’s Glenn Van Gulik tells the Citizen that council has already gone down this same path in those discussions. He also says while the organization is comfortable with the regulations, it’s hard to predict what the future could hold for the shelter.
Part of Councillor Fleury’s motion will re-affirm that the shelter won’t house more than 140 emergency beds in the shelter, and will hold the Salvation Army to that cap.