The packing process has begun at GADSAR as members prepare for the April 30th eviction date. No resolution has been realized between GADSAR, the province and the CSRD to secure funding for a new building.
GADSAR is still hopeful that the provincial government will keep the promise it made at the UBCM last fall and help to find a solution to our building issue. Unfortunately no contact has been made between the provincial government and the GADSAR group. The province’s promise to help GADSAR has actually hindered the organization’s ability to secure funding as other stakeholders withhold funding and assistance as they wait to see what the province will do.
As Solicitor General Shirley Bond stated in last week’s paper, it is the GADSAR society’s responsibility to secure a building/funding for the SAR group. Equally, it is the provincial government’s responsibility to provide a funding mechanism to enable us to do so. Up until three years ago they did so in the form of the Major Capital Project Grant, but this was suspended indefinitely to pay for the 2010 Winter Olympics, with no other mechanism put in place to meet their responsibilities. GADSAR firmly believes that it is part of the community’s responsibility to aid the organization during this time. The Town of Golden has shown tremendous support while other key stakeholders, namely the CSRD are notably absent. GADSAR has not received a formal response from the CSRD indicating whether or not they are interested in addressing the situation.
GADSAR’s focus this entire month will shift towards packing and preparing for the eviction. No training days for this month have been planned as this process will demand more than usual from the volunteers.
GADSAR is one of the busiest SAR organizations in the country and supports the major economies in Golden. A reduction or loss of response capability will have a significant effect on the community and the safety of the public.