Province To Pay Motel Costs For Evicted Family

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 13:30



The provincial government has agreed to pay the motel costs of a recently-evicted family in Wollaston Lake.


A couple and their six children were forced out of their home yesterday after health officials deemed their home unfit for human occupation.


Cumberland MLA and NDP cabinet minister Joan Beatty says the family will live in a local motel for the next couple of months, until the spring thaw allows for a more permanent solution.


She expects the family will eventually be placed in a mobile home, but the frozen ground prevents any work on sewer and water hook-ups until June.


Beatty also says provincial officials will be working to turn over the land in question to the local First Nation, since many band members are uncomfortable living in homes under provincial jurisdiction.


Hatchet Lake band officials want the province’s commitment in writing before they agree to abandon a court injunction aimed at reversing the eviction.