Red tape frustrates Onaping summer student program
Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:41AM EDT
For the first time in six years the visitor's centre at the Onaping Falls A.Y. Jackson Lookout was set to re-open thanks to new funding from the federal government.
However, now into the second week of summer, it's not open and students are working there without any shelter.
The visitor centre at Onaping's High Falls has been locked since 2013.
But this year, thanks to Canada Summer Jobs Funding, the Onaping Falls Recreation Committee was approved to hire summer students to operate the building.
However, a safety inspection found there was mould in the building.
"We're like, okay, so this is a city facility and do you have any other options for us? Because we do have Canada Sumer Jobs funding, so we want to make sure that this project goes through this summer." said Carrie Morin, a member of the recreation committee.
After much back and forth, the City of Greater Sudbury decided to provide a trailer for summer students to use for shelter.
After having it dropped off, the committee was told on July 2 that the trailer did not possess the required permits, leaving them very confused.
"The trailer, it does not have a permit for a city trailer on a city property, and the city does the permitting. So, we're kind of baffled." said Morin.
The summer students were hired to act as ambassadors, providing tourists a history of the area. Morin says having a shelter is important in the event students or visitors need to protect themselves from wildlife.
In a statement the City of Greater Sudbury says:
"The city has been supporting the Onaping Falls Recreation Committee in their efforts to operate the A.Y. Jackson Lookout for the summer. We continue to work with the group to help find solutions to facility challenges they've identified."
Morin says she's hopeful for a resolution.
"We'd like the trailer to be open to us. If not that trailer, then find us another trailer that we can use and get it up and operational for us before too long, because this is the second week." said Morin.