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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