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In order to help achieve that, the city is now embarking on getting feedback from Richmond’s host of community service organizations, finding out what they believe will be required as the demographics and needs of the local population shift and grow. It’s quite a challenge, but one the city needs to undertake to ensure social services remain relevant and effective, said Coun. Bill McNulty who chairs Richmond’s planning committee. “This will give us focus and direction of what the city’s responsibility is,” said McNulty. “Too often, people think the city should be doing everything, including the other levels of government because we’ve had a lot of down- loading over the last 20 years.” services issues. McNulty added that the city has been “And to be part of this is a continuation of “more than generous in the social services what (the city) do well in bringing all of us area, but we have a long way to go yet. together to review things that will affect us in “We’re a very large city now. We’re over the future,” he said. 200,000 people and with that comes many of The big challenge is always staying on the social services responsibilities.” top of accessibility issues, he added, many of The document that city council reviewed which are upheld by laws. at Monday night’s meet“In that case it’s up to ing — described as a social those of us with disabilities development equivalent to to speak up when we come an official community plan across situations where we — has been in the making for see the laws are not being the past year. kept up, or people are abusThe next six weeks are ing it,” Miele said. earmarked for public consulAsked what he’d like to tation. Then the document add on the social services will be sent back to city staff ledger as he gazes into the — Vince Miele for any changes before it future, Miele said education comes back before city counwould be high on his list. cil for adoption. “Something that we (the disabled com“I think it’s all-encompassing,” McNulty munity) always seem to have a challenge with said. “The outstanding thing is it defines the is attitudes,” Miele said. “They are certainly city’s role and resources, and where we can changing. But attitudes are maybe a little more make an impact. 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Richmond News January 16 2013

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