The City of Thunder Bay might as well have paid for this ad. I know that The Walleye is not a source for news. The world of The Walleye is a fun and happy place.
That said, I believe the magazine needs to ensure that what it prints is accurate. Is the truth.
When Ms. Ball says “that an increasing number of people are being won over by the park’s diversification of use”, it might be nice to explain to readers just how Ms. Ball had come up with those “increasing numbers”. A survey? A poll? A guess? Did she make it up? The publication does have a responsibility to its readers that the information contained in its articles is accurate. is real. If not, The Walleye is in danger of becoming a tool of misinformation.
Don’t gt me wrong. I don’t think The Walleye has to verify public opinions. Someone’s opinion is their opinion and they are allowed to have that opinion. No problem there.
However, when the person being interviewed is a representative/employee of company or government that has a vested interest in ensuring there is a positive spin on the story, then that is a very, very different.
Ms Ball is the operations coordinator for Marina Park. Part of her job is to say good things about the waterfront development to the media. Emphasize the positive. Minimize the negative. Spin the story so it makes the $60 million plus waterfront development look as successful as possible. She is far from an impartial source when it comes to information/stats about Prince Arthur’s Landing.
If you read/watch our local media regularly, you will find that the reporters rarely if ever ask where all these numbers and stats the City of Thunder Bay are always including in news releases and interviews come from. Media sources rarely, if ever, confirm that those pieces of information/statistics are true and accurate and not simply opinion. Not simply made up.
Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Aboriginal Days and the Spirit Garden (Wilson Street Headland)? Sixty million dollars and the best you can come up with is moving Aboriginal Days from Old Fort William to Marina Park? The Blues Festival was in Marina Park long before Prince Arthur’s Landing was built. Also, the Spirit Garden, which still strongly resembles the old Wilson Street Headlands, has yet to be used by anyone for anything.
And the waterfront restaurant….what is it costing us taxpayers? It would be nice to see the agreement between the restaurant owners and the City of Thunder Bay made public.
Public art? Few if any of the people I see visiting the waterfront are paying any attention to the public art pieces at Prince Arthur’s Landing. Really. Go down there and see for yourself. Watch what people do. Admiring the public art is not high on the list of activities. Anyone choosing to admire the public art, must first identify the public art and might I say, for the most part, it ain’t easy.
destination (ˌdɛstɪˈneɪʃən) n
- the predetermined end of a journey or voyage
- the ultimate end or purpose for which something is created or a person is destined
Its a destination now as opposed to just coming down, walking and leaving again.
See, this is the kind of misinformation bullshit that really pisses me off. Before a large portion of the old Marina Park was bulldozed flat, there were things to do there, including The Waterfront Restaurant, Authentique, and the Good News Cafe. There was Lakehead Visual Arts, the Thunder Bay Model Railway Club as well as the Thunder Bay Yacht Club. You could eat out on a patio, drink, shop, walk, take a cruise on the lake, Summer In The Park, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival and the skatepark. Yes…the skatepark was not part of Prince Arthur’s Landing. It was completed (November 1, 2008) BEFORE the Canada Ontario Infrastructure Program agreed to fund the PAL construction (June 2009). The waterfront was not an urban hellscape devoid of any attractions. It was a very nice waterfront park.
Was their room for improvement? Of course. Could it be made larger? Of course. Did the existing Marina Park have to be destroyed? No. You build on what you have.
So…for $60 million we got …what exactly? A splash pad/skating rink that sits empty for a third to half of the year. A waterfront restaurant that I believe is costing city taxpayers money. A Baggage Building Arts Centre that competes with other art facilities in the city.
Then there are the promised economic benefits. Jobs. Permanent jobs. The only permanent jobs $60 million plus of public investment has produced are more City of Thunder Bay jobs (increase in taxes) and a handful of low paying service industry jobs.
The place is a money pit. Millions more tax dollars will have to be spent to finish Phase One. Then there is the continuous flow of tax resources for maintenance, operation and administration (est. $704,700 in 2013).
Lucky us. Prince Arthur’s Landing….the gift that keeps on taking.