Thunder Bay – The Strength To Say “No”

A Chronicle Journal editorial on the Dease Street Pool

The Chronicle Journal finally wants City Council to say “No” to something.  The Chronicle Journal did not encourage City Hall to say “No”  to the $114 million Event Centre debacle that wasted millions of tax dollars on a dream that had zero chance of success.

The Chronicle Journal did not encourage City Hall to say “No” to the  $71 million PLUS we taxpayers had to pay up to demolish a city park in order to build condos and a hotel in that city park. Why not? Condos and hotels are being built all across the city.  Did they have to be built smack dab in the middle of our only easily-accessible waterfront park?

Is the waterfront better off now than it was before Price Arthur’s Landing?  Is it $71 million PLUS better?  Of course its not!  And, after almost 10 years, Phase 1 is still not finished!  Market Square, the gravel area south of the fountain that is now being used as a parking lot, is incomplete. Rumour has it that Market Square is now going to be a parking lot….full time.  More asphalt in a park that is mostly asphalt and concrete.

How about spending millions on moving the Thunder Bay Art Gallery to the waterfront?  The Chronicle Journal did not encourage City Hall to say “No” to the spending of $33 million taxpayer dollars to build an Art Gallery that nobody wants, has zero public financial support,  in a location that makes zero business sense.  Why not?

How many more projects put forth by our high salaried residents of City Hall should have been “No”?

Why is it that the term tightening our purse strings only applies to things Thunder Bay residents actually use?

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