The Boathouse thing

I find the current situation with the Boathouse to be ridiculous and sad at the same time. I have written to city councillors to voice my frustration with the way the city is handling this. The Boathouse has provided 6 nights a week of music and after it is closed there will be silence.

Here is a link to a Facebook Group organized to "save the boathouse". And here is a link to the city's explanation which seems a little flat. The city will close the Boathouse  and then a city committee is going to direct "staff to explore ways the city can lend this community a helping hand". Wow. They can lend a hand by continuing to lease the Boathouse after they dredge the lake!

Frankly, I think the space in the Boathouse is too small, but the location is excellent and it has been a vibrant part of the arts community for several years. What does the city think they will replace it with?

The city's article ends: "The city has not yet considered the future use of the Boathouse building or the building at 79 Joseph St. to determine the best uses for both in the long-term." The sentence is ungrammatical, bureaucratic and just plain sad.


Election Forum on Environment

For those who are interested, there is the following forum:

Environmental Election Forum
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time: 7-9 pm
Cost: Free!
Location: Rockway Mennonite Church, 32 Weber Street West (rear entrance), Kitchener (http://mapq.st/o4u8j5).

Description: Learn what candidates from all four parties have to say about water, energy, smart growth, heritage preservation and other environmental issues at a Provincial Election Forum on Environmental Issues. For more information, visit the Facebook Event page “Provincial Election Forum on Environmental Issues (http://on.fb.me/n9NuVR).


Word on the Street on Sunday the 25th

Let us not forget the great Word on the Street this Sunday in Victoria Park. There are always many things to see and hear and read there. Many booths will be set up with deals on books, author signings and readings.

The park comes alive and it is a great place to stroll around. We go every year and buy a book and listen to a few people reading and talking about books. It is ALL GOOD.

For information about this year's 10th anniversary edition, click here.


NMW Meeting for tonight Cancelled

Our apologies for the late notice but our September NMA meeting scheduled for this evening will be cancelled.

As there are no pressing issues, we will resume our regular bi-monthly meeting Wednesday, November 16th at 7pm at City Hall, Conestoga Room main floor.