Bashaw town council unanimously defeats ‘wellness centre’ intended for First Nations
Bashaw town council unanimously defeats ‘wellness centre’ intended for First Nations

 By Stu Salkeld  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Bashaw town council unanimously defeated an application from a private facility wishing to host a family wellness program for First Nations families after months of back and forth with the applicants. The decision was made at a special council meeting Aug. 30. James Carpenter, Tony Mucciarone and Audrey Ward applied to the Town of Bashaw to change uses at a facility at 5340 51A Street sometimes called the Bashaw Retreat Centre to a “wellness centre,” and referred to the proposed facility on official documents as the Bear Hills Wellness Centre, a reference to the district surrounding Maskwacis, a First Nations community 60 kms. northwest of Bashaw. Documents provided to the town suggest Carpenter and Mucciarone own the facility while Ward is an employee

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