Canada Day funds reviewed

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is trying to determine if it should establish a regular grant process for Canada Day festivities

Officials want more details before they decide if taxpayers should fund patriotic celebrations.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is trying to determine if it should establish a regular grant process for Canada Day festivities in Polson Park. However, the politicians want to hear from Canada Day organizers first.

“The third party should provide information on what they do and what they expect to spend,” said director Bob Fleming. “When there is no information, we are operating in a vacuum.”

The Regional District of North Okanagan  has previously provided a grant to Canada Day festivities in Vernon, including $2,000 this year.

But a debate ensued about contributions and whether all communities want to provide assistance to a Vernon event (there are no Canada Day celebrations in Coldstream and the electoral areas).

“We have to decide as a group if we are willing to form a function in the (RDNO) budget,” said director Bob Spiers.

While there is discussion about the Polson Park event, GVAC is not looking at Canada Day fireworks, which were cancelled this year because of a lack of organizers.

“Fireworks is another conversation and it is something we have in our communities,” said director Jim Garlick of Halloween fireworks shows in Coldstream and the BX.