Laura Baziuk | Email news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org
The battle over control of Vancouver community centres is the topic of what is being billed as an "emergency meeting" going on right now.
The new framework approved by commissioners last week, despite massive opposition, will see a pooling of revenue to allow more equal services to be delivered to centers across the city.
Ainsley Kwan is president of the Killarney community center association.
She wants to keep pushing the park board to negotiate fair terms before the new model is implemented, namely the term "revenue pooling".
"Raise the money that we...the revenues stay in our community, that we know best what programming our community needs and we work really hard to offset some of those costs with the revenue that we generate"
She says the centers will keep holding meetings to tell the public the plan is not yet set in stone.
Vision Vancouver park board commissioners were not in attendance during the meeting.
Aaron Jasper says invites went out himself and his fellow Vision park board members only at the last minute with every intention of excluding them.
"We clearly weren't invited and it was only when it became clear through the media that they got caught on this one that they sent out this last minute invite so you know they can have their political rally and we will continue on and those residents that have concerns can obviously pick up the phone or send us an email and we will do our best."
Jasper also admits the scuffle over control of community centres has gotten a little out of hand.
"We feel we have been very fair to the associations in trying to communicate with them and get their feedback and it was always out intention that once we got through that process at the end of January that we would then engage with the public so did it get messy unnecessarily? I think so I think that my NPA colleagues are invested in seeing this process fail."
Jasper says only five out of 20 community centre associations are refusing to enter into negotiations with the Park Board.