Monday, October 31, 2016

Alberta Infrastructure : Save the Museum Building in Old Glenora by June Acorn · 5,428 supporters PETITION UPDATE Few of our voices were heard at this meeting June Acorn Canada OCT 29, 2016 — The meeting was poorly advertised exclusively to the constituents of Glenora, Sara Hoffman's riding, on the back of her newsletter in small print and by flyers two days before which were only received by some constituents. Brian Mason was steadfast in his refusal to commit to not demolishing the building. Share TweetEmail Discussion----------June Acorn · University of Alberta Faculty of Education I too had a little boy and a little girl and a mother who was a teacher who went to the museum and fell in love with it. Then my little boy grew up and there were two more little boys that went to the museum and fell in love with it. They all are great now. Who gave you the right, Brian Mason, to take away their memories? And who gave you he right to deprive little boys and girls and mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers, the education and fun that the museum could provide would it be repurposed. Like · Reply · 29 October 2016 12:08 · Edited--------------






PETITION UPDATE

Few of our voices were heard at this meeting

June Acorn
Canada
OCT 29, 2016 — The meeting was poorly advertised exclusively to the constituents of Glenora, Sara Hoffman's riding, on the back of her newsletter in small print and by flyers two days before which were only received by some constituents. Brian Mason was steadfast in his refusal to commit to not demolishing the building.

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Julie Ali · 
LikeReply129 October 2016 07:36
June Acorn · 
I too had a little boy and a little girl and a mother who was a teacher who went to the museum and fell in love with it. Then my little boy grew up and there were two more little boys that went to the museum and fell in love with it. They all are great now. Who gave you the right, Brian Mason, to take away their memories? And who gave you he right to deprive little boys and girls and mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers, the education and fun that the museum could provide would it be repurposed.
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Julie Ali · 
June Acorn It is very sad that people in government operate on a different plane than that of ordinary citizens. I feel very sad about the museum's destruction. It is a beautiful place full of good memories and yet no one in goverment sees this. When the money is for the salaries, benefits, expenses of bureaucrats then there is interest but when the money is to retain a place that is beloved of Albertans, there is no interest. It is all about self-interest in government unfortunately.
The constituency of Ms. Hoffman is probably surprised by the lack of interest of the NDP folks but I have seen the failures from day 1. I voted for these folks for change but all we have got is a failure in political will to effect change. It's time again for a change in Alberta. A change in political parties.
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Kristine Kowalchuk · 
Thank you for the update. This is extremely disappointing. I would think the NDP would be more interested in the history and culture of this province and in avoiding waste.
LikeReply228 October 2016 21:52
Sylvia Krogh · 
I have confidence that the Alberta government will preserve this building if they possibly can.
LikeReply228 October 2016 22:35
Julie Ali · 
I have no confidence in the NDP folks we voted for to do the sensible and productive thing. I would imagine that their only concern is how to get rehired. This won't happen because guess what? Not listening to their constituents who happen to be their employers mean that we don't vote for them again.
Extremely disappointing but there you go. The NDP folks got a single chance to change the system in Alberta but they lacked the political will to make hard decisions that benefit their constituents. We're not happy.
LikeReply128 October 2016 23:12
Barbara Cockrall
Thanks and I was not able to attend and hope there will be further meetings to discuss the future use of this wonderful building.
Kim Hula-Hetu
I could not attend this and regret that deeply. June, what do you suggest we do as individuals? I commit to contacting my local reps from municipal and provincial levels to communicate my concerns and hopes for the future of the building.
LikeReply129 October 2016 12:33
June Acorn · 
Thank you very much Kim Precht
LikeReply29 October 2016 18:12
Margery Wright · 
The future of the museum building is a concern for people who live well beyond the Glenora constituency. Therefore, if people are being informed about it or their opinions are being sought, the meeting should be widely advertised.
LikeReply130 October 2016 09:00
June Acorn · 
I totally agree with that but am not in a position of authority. The MLA and Minister of Health, Sara Hoffman is in charge of the Glenora riding and Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure has the last say as to the fate of the RAM building. I am trying very hard to think of a next move to further our cause to repurpost the museum. If you have any suggestions please do share them Thanks for your input. sincerely June
LikeReply30 October 2016 12:15
Netta Phillet · 
I live 5 minutes from the museum and only knew about the meeting from this petition site, nothing in my mailbox for sure
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June Acorn · 
Thanks for that Netta
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Linda Louise Hueston · 
This terrible situation is being driven by urban planners and the developers working closely with them and City Hall in a coordinated effort to densify all mature neighborhoods with multifamily and skinny houses marketed to people wanting out of the suburbs.

The plan is to densify and then develop mass transit and bike paths etc to serve the increased user base resulting and to make driving and parking vehicles much harder.

We are now seeing the plan in the works in our mature neighborhoods - i.e. subdivision and infill to support migration back to city center neighborhoods and mature areas where infrastucture already exists (hence increasing builder profits) and mass transit to drive folks to taking the bus and so on. All packaged up as "ecofriendly" while taking away green space and parks etc - the lungs of the city.

I sell homes all over Edmonton and believe me - densification leads to conflict and loss of privacy. Go and see Terwillegar Towne for a live example. People now will not have the choice to take less in a home in an older mature neighborhood - monster homes are already replacing inventory and making an anything goes hodge podge of our older neighborhoods.

Its heartbreaking but Edmonton is not alone - this is happening across the country. And they are using the environment as a shield to hide behind. This has nothing to do with ecofiriendly. Its deliberate re- engineering of real estate product and serving up a slickly marketed product that is the sizzle without the steak.
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June Acorn · 
Thank you very much for your comments Linda. I also sold real estate for about 20 years and understand what you are saying and am so very much apposed that i have commited myself to this petition not only because I love the museum.
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Julie Ali · 
If folks want to get the government to pay interest to our concerns about the destruction of a piece of public property that could be repurposed productively without being destroyed I suggest they all do what I am doing which is go public. If you have a blog like I do -write about this issue. Get in contact with the community leaders to talk to press. The community league system is the best way to get families involved. Then go to the schools to get the students interested. It's a shame that we have to activate ourselves in this way when we are all so busy but there you go.
Government will not do its job unless there is public exposure and public interest. It was like this with the funding for the midwives. They went on Sarah Hoffman's page and got mummies to yap day and night. Then Sarah Hoffman ponied up the money for the midwives. I asked for a cost benefit analysis from Alberta Health to justify this decision and no answer was provided. I guess if you raise up a storm on social media, get CBC to review the files and then put the minister on the hot seat, you get what you want. But if you are small potatoes like we are and don't use social media we are pretty much ignored.
Get going folks. Raise up a polite and gentle social media storm. Highlight the other decisions made by government that waste a ton of cash for no darn reason and then point out that destruction of this building imitates the Tory decision to destroy perfectly functional hospitals in the past. It might be the only way this building is saved. Who is good at contacting the PRESS? CBC is best.
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