Welcomed Help

The construction community continues to help bring the St. Joseph’s Food Bank building closer to life with a series of donations. Here, Tim Higginson and Murray Giffen from LaFarge Aggregates and Concrete pose with Vantage Contracting’s Eric Jackman (far left) and Elm Construction’s Wentworth Bjarnason (far right) at the building site on Seventh Avenue. LaFarge has donated $15,000 in aggregate, while Vantage has put forward $12,000 in services, and Elm has provided $10,000 in services. According to accountant Ron Leger, one of the main fundraising organizers, work on the project will slow for a while as tax season approaches, and because the cash accrued so far has run out.

By Staff Writer, Mission City Record
Published: March 14, 2012 02:00 PM
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Mission gives to St. Joseph’s food bank

District council has found a way to circumvent a tax law loophole that wouldn’t allow it to waive nearly $16,000 in development fees for a charitable food bank.

Under the Local Government Act and Community Charter, churches like St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Seventh Avenue are statutorily exempt from development cost charges (DCC) if council has granted a permissive tax exemption.

But because the food bank isn’t technically within the place of worship, it isn’t allowed to waive the $15,764.05.

By Adrian MacNair, Mission City Record
Published: July 08, 2011 1:00 PM
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