New gaming cash for green, public safety groups

Seven Tri-City groups with ties to the environment and public safety sectors will split $202,500 in community gaming grants, announced this week by the provincial government.

Seven Tri-City groups with ties to the environment and public safety sectors will split $202,500 in community gaming grants, announced this week by the provincial government.

The biggest recipient is the Communities Embracing Restorative Action (CERA) Society, which gets $60,000 for its restorative justice work in the region.

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The Coquitlam Search and Rescue Society will take in $50,000 while the Canadian Ski Patrol System (Greater Vancouver) in Coquitlam will get $22,500. The Green Bricks Education Society, an environmental club, will take in $20,000.

The Coastal Partners in Conservation Society is the only Port Coquitlam recipient with a $20,000 grant. And, in Port Moody, two green groups will be getting cheques: $25,000 for the RSBC Rivershed Society of B.C. — run by former Port Moody-Coquitlam NDP MLA Fin Donnelly — and $5,000 for the Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association or TORCA.

For this fiscal year, the province is awarding $4.6 million to 135 environmental organizations and $5.6 million to nearly 125 groups in the public safety field.

“These organizations provide so much to the community,” said Coquitlam NDP MLA Selina Robinson in a news release. “It is important that they are supported.”
 

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