Yesterday, at council, the president of one of the curling clubs (I think the North Shore club) came to the meeting and asked us for $6000 to help save this year's edition of a youth curling bonspeil. They were caught quite badly when the one person they had organizing the tourney quit.
I have a huge respect for the work volunteers do in keeping our kids in sports.
But, I could not support a straight grant because we had no advance information detailing the situation, and I was really scared of creating a precedent (go before council in the weeks before an election, and the purse strings are a little more open).
The majority of my colleagues had a different view. Tina Lange and I had favoured the loan approach, and the rest of Council supported the grant approach if the curling club needed it.