Thunder Bay events centre to be debated at community meeting

While a group advocating for a plebiscite for the proposed events centre plans to hold a community meeting on the matter tonight, Thunder Bay's mayor says there's not enough information about the project to consider putting it to a vote.
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While a group advocating for a plebiscite for the proposed events centre plans to hold a community meeting on the matter Tuesday night, Thunder Bay's mayor says there's not enough information about the project to consider putting it to a vote. 

“Now is not the time for a plebiscite,” Keith Hobbs said.

“We still have a lot of work to do, a lot more in-depth, including a schematic design, a revised capital cost update, [and a] detailed business plan.”

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs plans to attend Tuesday night's meeting and says he wants to hear more about what people are thinking with respect to the proposed events centre.

Hobbs said he plans to attend the meeting, however.

So far, Hobbs said feedback from the public shows the community supports the event centre, but he wants to hear more about what people are thinking.

Ray Smith, who heads a group called The Concerned Taxpayers of Thunder Bay, is expecting a good turnout at the meeting.

“I have heard from at least six people — new people [who] are going to be running for council or mayor or whatever. So there's a lot of interest in this,” Smith said.

“And I've also heard from a lot of taxpayers [who] are concerned about their tax dollars.”

CBC News reporter Jeff Walters will cover the meeting, which will be held at the Mary JL Black Library from 5-9 p.m.

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