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Policies are guiding principles or protocols designed to ensure programs carry on with expected outcomes.

In the case of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC), a policy is in place that requires its users to also use its food services.

This is not unusual. There are several community halls run by non-profit organizations and legions that have similar requirements in place.

However, the RECC’s food policy is having an unanticipated downfall.

Recently the Truro Centurions swim team wrote to councils in both the town of Truro and the County of Colchester telling of a financial burden they endured because of the policy.

This group is one of many that was set to benefit from the new state-of-the-art facility out of the starting gate, and was designed with their needs in mind, which included giving them the infrastructure needed to host high-caliber provincial and national swim meets.

The group rented the RECC in February to host its inaugural provincial swim meet at the new facility. Formerly, the group was based at the now de-commissioned Centennial Pool located at Nova Scotia Community College, which was too small for such an event.

Club president Troy Payson acknowledged that the RECC is a great swimming facility that offers many more opportunities for hosting large-scale competitions, but added since moving there the club’s expenses have increased while opportunities to raise funds have decreased significantly.

The group also claims the RECC’s policies have eliminated its ability to tap into the support of parents to supply officials with snacks, drinks and lunches during events requiring the use of their catering services at what he called “exorbitant costs.”

The county agreed to provide funds to help cover food costs for three upcoming events the group has submitted bids to host.

We hope this situation will not be a continuing trend for other groups wanting to use the facility.

It needs the strong support of the community, which it was designed to serve. Without it, it’s dead in the water.






Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Nova Scotia Community College

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester

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  • Happy Gilmore
    April 17, 2014 - 16:55

    Sure-fire business killing tactics are occurring more regularly in almost every Truro community-club- organization- higher fees, early pay discounts for the wealthy, more restrictions and limitations, additional charges, special considerations, new charges for previously provided free services, etc, etc. All in an attempt to break even and keep operations going. Heck, even down at the Truro Golf Club this year, the executive are going to stiff kids an extra 50-300 dollars beyond their membership fees for their junior clinics, a non-consequential service provided the kids to grow their interest in the sport and continued club membership, a service that the club has provided free for 111 years. That should encourage more kids to pick up the game and play now shouldn’it? ……All organizations/ clubs with poorly run operations, poor business plans, or that have just simply run their lifespan are dying the slow death as they try to sustain operations with additional or exorbitant charges, special allowances, unwavering demands, and absurd “policies”. As user’s costs increase, their expectations and perceived value increases, their disappointment and difficulties magnify, more and more complaints surface, and inevitably, they leave in droves. Wait until you see the RECC’s deficit then. Taxpayers around here won’t be so happy.