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Boyle Street program for job seekers faces cuts Boyle Street Community Coop. (David Bloom/Edmonton Sun File) A Boyle Street initiative that helps vulnerable job seekers is being forced to turn people away at the door, says a program manager. “We’re almost cutting our enrolment in half,” said Eric Bishop, employment services manager for the Boyle Street Community Services Water Wings program. “We’ve never had to do this before.” Bishop said cuts take effect Tuesday and mean that only 10 people will be accepted into the program per day. The program, funded by the Alberta government and through private donations, has an annual budget of about $500,000. “If I can get the funding, we can go back to business as usual,” Bishop said, adding that he plans to target specific grants to make up for a fundraising shortfall. Since 2012, Water Wings has helped unemployed Edmontonians with resume building, interview skills and safety training. Bishop noted the program recruits new immigrants as well as chronically unemployed people from vulnerable groups. “They all share one thing in common and that’s poverty,” he said.

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