THUNDER BAY – It took three hours of very contentious debate but Thunder Bay City Council has voted to spend $260,000 to demolish Dease Pool. The iconic neighbourhood pool has faced similar battles in the past but supporters have been able to convince councillors to keep it open.
This time the vote was to close the pool.
Supporters have rallied for the pool, and three of the proponents made deputations to the council to save it. Ray Smith has been fighting for Dease Pool for years and came out over a year ago vowing to fight until the pool was saved again.
Lori Paras, a candidate for Councillor-at-Large in last year’s civic election has been another tireless fighter for the pool. Paras has told NetNewsLedger that the fight isn’t over.
Current River Councillor Andrew Foulds asked that his vote against the demolition of Dease Pool be recorded.
More to come…