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LeBlanc disappointed, not surprised by mayor’s removal bid from board



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If Wednesday’s discover of movement is handed, it is going to go to the subsequent metropolis council assembly in February for dialogue and a vote.

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Coun. Dan LeBlanc (Ward 6) is upset however not shocked by a discover of movement to rethink his appointment to the board of administrators of a municipal company.

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The discover of movement can be introduced ahead by Mayor Sandra Masters at Wednesday’s metropolis council assembly which might take away LeBlanc from the board of Neighborhood and Social Impression Regina and substitute him with one other councillor if sufficient assist is obtained.

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LeBlanc, in an interview Monday, stated there was a pointy division in council highlighted throughout December budget deliberations that separated “those that simply need to discuss standing with our weak neighbours and those that are prepared to take action.”

“Mayor Masters and I, I feel, are in different camps in that respect. So, it’s not stunning to me that somebody from the opposite camp would need to take away me from what’s successfully the town’s full wager on social justice on this metropolis going ahead,” LeBlanc stated.

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In line with the town web site, the company exists individually and autonomously from the town with a mandate to “create, facilitate, and monitor coordinated neighborhood and social impression methods to assist the well-being, well being, security, and social inclusion of residents in Regina and area.”

There must be respect for the number of opinions on council, together with on how severely to take the issue of houselessness, LeBlanc stated. He referred to the discover of movement as a “retributive motion” in opposition to himself and the neighborhood members who’ve raised issues concerning the subject.

“I do suppose it’s dangerous for the neighborhood kind of dangerous politics to do that factor when persons are dying on our streets of overdoses. It’s a bit petty to let private issues get in the best way, on this respect,” LeBlanc added.

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LeBlanc was appointed to the company’s board of administrators throughout a Sept. 14, 2022 metropolis council assembly. LeBlanc thinks it’s “fully potential” somebody on council who voted in opposition to addressing houselessness throughout price range deliberations might take his spot, if he’s voted out.

LeBlanc is anxious concerning the potential lack of illustration on the board for the Heritage neighbourhood if he’s eliminated.

“I don’t suppose Mayor Masters is suggesting that Coun. Stevens be there,” LeBlanc added. Coun. Andrew Stevens’s (Ward 3) ward contains North Central.

“It’s a bit unusual, at minimal, to not have the Heritage neighbourhood and North Central neighbourhood represented on that physique.”

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The company’s board of administrators is presently comprised of stakeholders from numerous industries and is chaired by former metropolis councillor Mike O’Donnell.

The board contains medical medical doctors, representatives from private and non-private entities and two representatives from the town — LeBlanc and government director of metropolis planning and neighborhood growth, Deborah Bryden.

The presence of an elected official, like LeBlanc, on the board is required to facilitate the town’s decision-making processes and make sure the imaginative and prescient for Regina “is articulated from the highest stage and works to foster inclusiveness and concord in the neighborhood.”

Beforehand, Coun. Terina Nelson had been pegged to take a seat on the board however LeBlanc was appointed after Nelson requested her identify be faraway from consideration.

If Wednesday’s discover of movement is handed, it is going to go to the subsequent metropolis council assembly for dialogue and a vote.

Mayor Masters declined to remark.

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