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Grand Falls-Windsor council removes permit revocation for Blue Sky Family Care

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The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is moving on from its decision to revoke an operating permit for Blue Sky Family Care. 

The move comes after the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruled in Blue Sky’s favour earlier this summer. The Supreme Court concluded the Central Newfoundland Regional

Appeal Board made an error when it decided not to review the process used by the town to shut down the group home. 

The original decision to revoke the permit and Blue Sky’s subsequent appeal of the decision took place in 2014. 

At the time, Blue Sky alleged it was treated unfairly because the town did not provide an opportunity to address the issues.

After the Supreme Court’s decision this August, the matter was sent back to the appeal board and costs of the appeal were awarded to Blue Sky. 

At its Oct. 1 council meeting, Grand Falls-Windsor approved the cancellation of the original permit revocation from 2014. 

“When it comes to Blue Sky, things have appeared to improve, particularly in that neighbourhood and I want to reiterate that we certainly support the young people that avail of those homes,

and require them and the support that they get,” said Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel during the meeting. 

It was also approved that the town will continue to monitor Blue Sky’s operations going forward to ensure they are compliant with town policies. 

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