Since the recent eviction notice of the Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR), steps are quickly being taken in order to rectify the issue, and find the organization a new home. Fronting the hasty action on this issue is MLA Norm Macdonald.
In an attempt to truly get the wheels in motion, MLA Macdonald has been in direct contact with Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Shirley Bond. His action has certainly caught the attention of Minister Bond, as she perhaps now, if she hadn’t before, realizes the importance of the GADSAR.
“I contacted Minister Bond directly so that this issue would become high priority. Search & Rescue in Golden is a very important service; this issue must be resolved as fast as possible,” said MLA Norm Macdonald.
In an attempt to follow up with Minister Bond, The Golden Star contacted her office and received this statement attributable to Shirley Bond:
“As the minister responsible for public safety in British Columbia, I am aware of the GADSAR’s need for a new facility. Staff with my ministry, along with staff from the Town of Golden and representatives from Golden and District Search and Rescue continue to work towards finding a solution that works best for all parties. It is the responsibility of the not-for-profit registered societies that administer the affairs of each Search and Rescue group to secure a facility for its operations. A number of potential solutions have been proposed. One of the options the organization might want to consider is the successful model put in place in the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District that involves the creation of a “service area” that would generate enough additional annual funding to assist the GADSAR with its housing requirements. I understand the importance of the incredible work that Golden and District Search and Rescue volunteers provide in the area. While there is no easy fix, I intend to work with the local MLA to discuss any possible options or suggestions he may have for the GADSAR.”
Unfortunately, there is not much else that can be accomplished now that the important issue has become a provincial concern; Golden and GADSAR will now play the waiting game.