Group opposing Salvation Army move welcomes planning committee hearings
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Group opposing Salvation Army move welcomes planning committee hearings

Last Updated Nov 13, 2017 at 11:30 am EDT

Plans to build a new shelter in Vanier sparked a protest outside, as the Salvation Army met with residents of a Vanier condominium. (Courtesy: Paul Drouin)

OTTAWA – One of the more outspoken groups against the relocation of a proposed Salvation Army community hub welcomes the three days of public planning committee hearings. However, SOS Vanier says regardless of the final decision made by city council, the group expects an appeal to be filed with the Ontario Municipal Board.

One of the group’s organizers, Drew Dobson, tells 1310 NEWS his team will be out in full force Tuesday. “Along with myself, we have community associations, advocates, and university experts. We’re all ready to have our voices heard.”

Dobson wants the committee hearing both sides to look at the relocation proposal as more than just a zoning issue. “You wouldn’t put 12 gas stations together in Hunt Club. So why would you do it with this hub. You need to spread it out. We can’t have one singular place for one service. I think there should be multiple places around the city with multiple services.”

SOS Vanier believes if council approves the relocation from the Byward Market to 333 Montreal Rd., it’ll bring in a poorer community to the Vanier neighbourhood.

The hearings start Tuesday and run on Wednesday and Friday.

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