‘A wicked web of lies’: Alberta town under fire for rejecting wellness centre for Indigenous families – Global News

April 21, 2023

The town of Bashaw, Alta. is facing a $4 million lawsuit launched by Bashaw Retreat Centre Inc. against the mayor and past and current councilors, alleging they obstructed efforts to rent the facility out as a wellness centre for Indigenous families.

In a statement of claim filed in late February, Bashaw Retreat Centre Inc. plaintiffs James Carpenter and Dr. Tony Mucciarone – both non-Indigenous – claimed “misuse of power rooted in prejudice” that made the Bear Hills Family Wellness Centre project impossible.

The Town filed their statement of defense on April 13 saying “the town denies each and every allegation in the Plaintiff’s Statement of Claim unless otherwise stated,” and denies “this matter involves a misuse of power rooted in prejudice.”

Bashaw has not responded to Global News’ requests for comment. None of the claims have been proven in court.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/9593661/alberta-bashaw-rejecting-wellness-indigenous/

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