Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard is reserving his decision, following a delegation yesterday in support of fitness consultant Heidi Smith

"The fact is it's a labour issue," he said, following yesterday's committee of the whole. "We're not going to have that discussion again in open (council). We'll look at it again maybe during budget."

Under the province's Municipal Act, council isn't able to debate human resources matters about an identifiable individual in an open or public meeting.

Still, supporters filled council chambers yesterday morning, in order to show their support for Smith. Leaders of the delegation noted an online petition with more than 500 names on it, as well as a Facebook group with more than 600 members, as reasons for reinstating Smith's position.

The delegation was led by Nathan Kew, who has been a member of the Canadian Olympic Team for weightlifting. He said it was important for members of the fitness centre to have proper guidance, in order to avoid injury. Speakers noted the consultant also helped bring in members through classes, and she helped ensure a safe atmosphere.

"I think it went very well," said Kew. "We had a good turnout. It was kind of at a poor time, because it's Tuesday at 9 a.m., and a lot of people couldn't make it."

The next meeting of council would be next week, but the city's budget isn't expected to be passed until next month. This allows for the city to work with the union on the fitness centre position, as well as other positions being considered for elimination in the budget process.

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