Group upset foster home still on hold
A new home for foster children near Prince Albert says it's ready to open, but the local rural municipality says it will have to wait.
This spring, construction was completed on the Rising Stars Children's Ranch, located south of the city.
It's described as a group home for up to 10 children ages six to 10.
However, there are currently no children in residence. The RM of Prince Albert says Rising Stars didn't apply as a group home in its zoning application.
The RM has announced it will hold a public meeting on the group home in January.
Society spokesperson Dave Hobden says early in the process, RM staff said there was nothing wrong with the group's application, but objections were subsequently raised.
According to Hobden, a public outcry is the real reason behind the holdup.
"A lot of misinformation came out in the public, misinformation and slanderous things," he said.
"At this point in time, we've decided that there are a lot of children that are missing out on the opportunity for a home, and now's the time that we really need to make our desires known."
Hobden says the society has already waited two years, and wants the issue dealt with before any meeting in January.