Making a Recession Work For Ontario’s Community Landmarks

Catherine Nasmith, President Architectural Conservancy of Ontario

In times of recession governments turn to investing in infrastructure, and that often translates into investment in sewers, roads, and sometimes other community facilities.

Everyone remembers the great investments that the U.S. and Canadian governments made during the depression in highways. Few remember that it was during these times that both government also chose to make major investments in the development of National Park systems, and in preserving the nation’s heritage landmarks. Often these parks included National Historic Sites.

As the stock markets run amok many are now calling on governments to use their powers to invest in public projects, to use this time to build the infrastructure for the 21st century and beyond. Its time we reminded our governments that heritage and environment projects are worthy contenders for that public investment. Continue reading

When the going gets tough …

Just over a year ago, in an impassioned speech to council detailing his rationale for opposing the hiring of a chief administrative officer, Mayor Cliff Barwick stressed, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If I thought we had chaos and everything was falling down, I would be the first person to say as the mayor of St. Thomas, we needed someone to pull us together.”

Well mayor, the wagon is broke. This bus needs a driver.

Jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate, families risk to lose their homes and the ripple effect will impact every business and service provider in St. Thomas and beyond. Continue reading

Time to work together on future

Time to work together on future

“During the economic downturn we are experiencing, it is important that our citizens realize what council can do to alleviate the situation, particularly for the people at Sterling and Local 1001.”

Thus began Mayor Cliff Barwick’s impromptu economic state of the union address Monday, following a deputation by CAW Local 1001 seeking council’s support to secure the future of the Sterling Truck plant.

While grim-faced union members packed the gallery, Barwick offered little more than platitudes and an assurance, “My office will continually be available to you.” Continue reading