Thursday, August 07, 2008

Public unions have $200 G to spare

Station 20 West, a proposed inner-city Saskatoon project with the former NDP government as a large partner, is going ahead with a few less components. Its current fundraising goal of $2.4 million has a headstart. Many dollars have already come in through churches, individual donors, and large donations from public sector unions. Civic society is picking up the slack, and taxpayers are still paying for portions of this project--directly and indirectly.

Station 20 is an inner-city project that will include a grocery store co-operative on 20th Street between avenues L and K. Since the Saskatchewan Party government withdrew in March an $8-million commitment, plans have been scaled down to a two-storey, 19,000-square-foot building...

A pair of earlier $100,000 donations from the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses and Canadian Union of Public Employees have pushed the fundraising total to almost $350,000.

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