Friday, August 25, 2017

A Lesson in Consent

The future of the Kiwanis Community Centre, Sue Bonsteel memorial garden, the plaque from St. Bruno-de-Montarville, Lawn Bowling, and Water Street tennis court is uncertain at the moment. In the minds of the majority I have heard from, there is no desire to sacrifice the community space for a new theatre. Stratford has land available for development that could be home to a new theatre in the Cooper Block but their desire is to maintain this community hub at its present location. To the best of my knowledge, the Festival has no interest in developing a new theatre on the Grand Trunk Railway lands, otherwise known as the Cooper Block. And so, it appears, we’re at an impasse. Which, in my world, means a non-starter. In the same way that consent is a basic pre-condition for our interpersonal relationships, a general mandate is necessary for good governance. At this time, I don't think that in this case we have either.

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