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News Article: Locals fight for Guides camp

by on July 12, 2011

Locals fight for Guides camp
July 7, 2011

A grassroots effort is underway to prevent Girl Guides of Canada from selling a beloved camp near Owen Sound.

Supporters of Camp Aneesh have filed a notice of pending litigation and are in the process of creating an incorporation to fight for the property’s title.

The group has also made a submission to the Public Guardian & Trustee, an arm of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General, which investigates claims of misuse of charitable property.

“Our claim has been that the $10,000 that was originally donated was for the purpose of buying a camp for the local girls. And all of the blood, sweat and tears of people since 1969 have been for the development and establishment of a camp for the local Girl Guides and no other purpose,” Mary Beth van Trigt, co-ordinator of the local effort, said in an interview Wednesday.

“We didn’t build a camp to sell it to fund another camp, which is what’s going to happen if they sell it.”

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