A peaceful protest was held yesterday afternoon at The Creeks development in Weyburn, in response to Weyburn City Council's decision on Monday to deny the Weyburn Group Home Society to build a care home for four residents in the area.

More than sixty braved the freezing cold to advocate for individuals with disabilities. A few shared with Discover Weyburn their reasons for being part of the event.

“The reason for everyone here is to support all individuals with disabilities, and their rights, and their equality and to end the stigma and the discrimination that people have about them.”

“I think we need to educate the fears.”

“I'm here showing support because I don't think it should matter where special needs people want to live. I think they should be able to live wherever they want to live. On a farm, in town, on the outskirts of town. It just doesn't matter to me.”

“We just want to spread equal opportunities for everyone. Everyone deserves equal rights no matter who you are.”

“I don’t want people to think that special needs people are going to decrease their property value. They’re human beings.”

“It’s disheartening, really. I think City Council handled it very poorly. The representation for the people, I feel the residents were poorly misrepresented.”

One former Weyburn resident even drove down from Saskatoon.

"I was pretty upset with what was happening, so I came to show my support. I really care about the participants at the group home."

Others expressed sentiments of disappointment over the decision, some even noting they would love to have a group home in their neighbourhood. 

For some, however, the protest hits closer to home.

“My son he's 23 and he has Down's Syndrome and Autism,” said one attendee. “He has a wonderful personality. He has many friends, he has lived his whole life in a private family home. He’s had neighbours, and he’s been to backyard barbecues, he has gone to school and attended programs around Weyburn. He’s been included his whole life. We've been waiting almost three and a half years for a group home for him. My husband and I are getting older and he needs 24-hour care. Our kids who we raised to adulthood deserve to be able to live in a beautiful new subdivision in a home, and the group homes here are wonderful.”

The crowd was lively, cheering on community members as they joined in on the action. 

protestorsPeaceful protesters expressing the sentiment that care home residents are not a safety concern (photo by Marna McManus).

wideprotestPlenty of honking and cheering could be heard as vehicles drove past the protesters at the entrance to The Creeks subdivision (photo by Marna McManus).

protest1Advocates of the rights of persons with disabilities were in peaceful protest yesterday near The Creeks residential development in Weyburn (photo by Marna McManus).

Federal Budget 2019: Reactions From Weyburn Mayor

“It’s one of those budgets where they talk about the money, but they don’t really have plans for it.” Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy’s description of the federal budget, which was delivered in the House of…

WTAP Holding Logo Contest

The Board of Directors for the Weyburn Therapeutic Animal park are seeking creative individuals to put their talent toward a logo contest for the park. “Right now we have a logo contest going on…

Federal Budget 2019: A First Look

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the 2019 federal budget in the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon. The budget, which is bringing in more money than originally forecast, will be…

Building a Legacy: Local Artist Creates Hardcover Book of Works

Local photographer Chris Borschowa has put together a book celebrating his body of work, entitled Shadows of the Soul. He said it shows how his medium has grown over the past seven years.…

Police Investigating Various Cases

The Weyburn Police Service is looking into cases of theft and break and enter from the past week. Last Monday, police received a report of a theft of property from a City of Weyburn facility. Through…

First Ducks and Diamonds Event a Success

The first Ducks and Diamonds event in support of Ducks Unlimited was held this weekend and it's being hailed a success. With 110 guests, raffles, and auctions, the event raised over $10,000. "We had…

Sask Parks Launches New Online Reservation System

Yesterday the Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport launched a new, upgraded online reservation system for the 2019 camping season. “We've launched our upgraded online campsite…

Update on Care Home in The Creeks

The issue of the personal care home in the Creeks subdivision will be going back before Weyburn City Council. In a release issued Tuesday morning, the City of Weyburn stated members of Weyburn City…

UPDATE: McLeod Making Appearance In Court Today

A Weyburn man facing charges in connection with the home invasion and homicide in the city on January 4th made a court appearance in Weyburn Provincial Court today. William McLeod, 25, was expected…

Weyburn Man Biggest Rider Fan

It goes without saying that Rider fans are the best of the bunch in the CFL, but what about the best of the best when it comes to Canadian Football League fans? The CFL Twitter account recently put…

DiscoverWeyburn.com is Weyburn's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide