The Council of Canadians Regina chapter rallied today against the provincial government cutting funding for public libraries by nearly $5 million.
CUPE activist Tria Donaldson writes, "Today we rallied for Saskatchewan libraries. Over 150 people came out on very short notice because libraries are more than brick and mortar. They are the hearts of our community. We are going to keep the pressure up on our politicians, and keep building awareness in our communities."
The provincial government of Premier Brad Wall delivered its budget on March 22.
That budget announced the Regina Public Library would lose $600,000 in funding through the elimination of its provincial grant. The provincial budget also eliminated $651,200 in funding for the Saskatoon Public Library. The seven regional libraries - in Chinook, Lakeland, Palliser, Parkland, Southeast, Wapiti and Wheatland - are to be cut by $3.5 million.