Nav Cen­tre asked to house asy­lum seek­ers Let’s Cel­e­brate

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - Kim Coe-turner, Gen­eral Man­ager of the Nav Cen­tre in Corn­wall con­firmed to Corn­wall Se­away News on Thurs­day that they have been asked by Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship Canada (IRCC) to be pre­pared to house asy­lum seek­ers this sum­mer.

Coe-turner also con­firmed that she had met with Corn­wall Mayor Les­lie O’shaugh­nessy on Wed­nes­day, June 27 to no­tify him of this devel­op­ment.

The Nav Cen­tre had been used to house asy­lum seek­ers for about two weeks in Au­gust 2017.

“The Cen­tre has been in dis­cus­sion for a few months now,” said Coe-turner. “We are known as an emer­gency cen­tre for things such as floods. At this point there is noth­ing signed.”

Coe-turner said that the IRCC should be send­ing out a press re­lease ex­plain­ing its plans in the com­ing weeks. She ex­plained that the Nav Cen­tre had avail­able space in the sum­mer and could house up to 500 asy­lum seek­ers. There were 240 asy­lum seek­ers housed there last year.

“The Nav Cen­tre is pleased to do its part in this ini­tia­tive,” Coe-turner said.

As stated, the Nav Cen­tre was used to house asy­lum seek­ers on short no­tice last sum­mer. At the time, tem­po­rary tents were setup to house some of the in­com­ing guests, but Coe-turner said that this time it is only ex­pect­ing to house asy­lum seek­ers in­doors.

There is no ex­act date as to when the asy­lum seek­ers would be­gin ar­riv­ing in Corn­wall, if at all.

It is un­known at this time which coun­try of ori­gin most of these asy­lum seek­ers will be from.

The of­fice of Mayor Les­lie O’shaugh­nessy and the IRCC were both reached out to for com­ment, but none has been re­ceived at time of pub­li­ca­tion.

SHAKE­SPEARE IN THE PARK July 7, to July 8, 2018, lo­cated in Lamoureux Park, Corn­wall, On­tario. CORN­WALL PRIDE PA­RADE July 14, 2018 start­ing at 11 a.m. at CCVS, Corn­wall, On­tario. BEER, BOUR­BON, BBQ AND BLUES FES­TI­VAL July 14, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. lo­cated at the NAV Cen­tre, Corn­wall, On­tario. AVON­MORE FAIR July 20 to July 22, 2018, lo­cated at the Avon­more Fair­grounds, Avon­more, On­tario. Au­gust 3 and 4 Maxville Fair Grounds WIL­LIAMSTOWN FAIR Au­gust 10 to Au­gust 12, 2018, lo­cated at the Wil­liamstown Fair­grounds, Wil­liamstown, On­tario. CORN­WALL WATERFEST Au­gust 11, 2018 Old Corn­wall Canal, Power Dam Dr., Corn­wall, On­tario. CORN­WALL FOOD FEST Au­gust 18, 2018 Pitt St. from Wa­ter St. to Third St., Corn­wall, On­tario.

The Macleod School of Fid­dling will be celebrating its 25th an­niver­sary at the Met­calf Cen­tre on July 28 from 1 to 6 p.m. where the Bri­gadoons will be per­form­ing.

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