ALBERTA

Michener Centre Closure: FOIP Request Into Closure Of Home 80 Per Cent Blacked Out

06/06/2013 11:08 EDT | Updated 08/06/2013 05:12 EDT
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RED DEER, Alta. - Supporters of a central Alberta care home for the developmentally disabled continue their push to find out exactly what went into the decision to close the facility.

A recent Freedom of Information request by the Society of Parents and Friends of Michener Centre resulted in the government providing them with a 130-page document.

Society president Bill Lough says 80 per cent of the document was blacked out due to the government's right of executive order.

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But he says the other 20 per cent suggests the government knew it was breaking a promise in closing Michener Centre.

Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, says the details released in the FOIP document are quite damning and what the government is trying to hide must also be damning.

The province announced in March that it plans to move 125 of the centre's residents to community group homes or seniors facilities.

Friends and family say Michener Centre is the only home many of their loved ones have ever known.

They say there aren't adequate services in the community and people moved out of the centre won't do well.

Red Deer MLA Mary Anne Jablonski has said she understands why the decision is hard for people to accept, but has added that the move will be done with care and consideration.