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A meeting over the future of historic Dalnavert House is expected to go ahead today, even after one of the two groups withdrew from a plan to take it over.
Candace House is no longer looking to move into the museum on Carleton Street.
That leaves Friends of Dalnavert, a collection of heritage and museum supporters, to meet with Dalnavert's owners, the Manitoba Historical Society.
"They still have a decision to make even though Candace House has dropped out," said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg, one of the groups helping the Friends' proposal.
The Friends hope to find a way to revive falling revenue and attendance rates and reopen the museum.
The Manitoba Historical Society closed the museum last fall amid declining interest, triggering a public debate on the future of the national heritage site.
Manitoba Historical Society chairman James Kostuchuk said by email Friday he knew Candace House was out of the picture by the time the issue surfaced again this week.
"Information regarding Candace House's position was for the (MHS) council only... it was agreed, by council, to make the announcement on Saturday once I had permission from Candace House to do so," Kostuchuk wrote.
He later added he's looking forward to what the Friends group has to say today.
Finding a Candace House site is the dream of Wilma Derksen, whose daughter, Candace, was murdered in 1984. The proposed facility would serve as an oasis for crime victims -- a location near the Law Courts for victims of crime to rest during court trials.
Derksen said Friday discovering the depth of public tension over the society's management of Dalnavert was a shock that scared the group off.
"I think that when we gave our proposal, we had no idea of the seriousness of the debate. We did this all in good faith... it feels as if a battle is going on, and we're not sure what all the issues are. We're just starting up as an organization, and (don't) really have the energy for these kind of battles. It's not our fight," Derksen said.
Besides that, Candace House would have needed to renovate Dalnavert's interior, something it turns out was complicated and likely impossible given its heritage designation, Derksen said.
Dalnavert is recognized by the province and Parks Canada as a historic site, and its Grade 1 designation from the city as a historic site means the integrity of the house must remain intact.
Dalnavert is the restored 1895 home of Hugh John Macdonald, son of Canada's first prime minister, John A. Macdonald. The younger Macdonald was twice elected as a Conservative MP and briefly was the eighth premier of Manitoba.