© Edmonton Journal

It’s now up to the provincial government to decide the future of Hope Mission’s planned mega-shelter for the homeless in Edmonton. The Christian charity wants to rebuild its aging men’s homeless shelter just north of downtown and has already raised $6 million from nearly 3,000 Edmonton residents.

Neighbours and the local McCauley Community League are against rebuilding one monolithic shelter. They want smaller shelters focused on rehousing people with privacy and dignity, and spread out where the need is throughout the city.

Now city council is on record saying it endorses that distributed model and the hot potato is in the air. It’s up to the province to decide what to do.