Editorial in the North Shore News today – we’ve added the ‘so what?’
Link to Source: It’s history
The answer is here:
The editorial states “We’d like to see some Plan Bs sooner rather than later because an awful lot of time and energy has been spent on the proposed museum only to have it collapse at this late hour”.
We think we know the Plan B from the City’s request for interest in the Shipyards (Lot 5) last summer. The document clearly states the designation of the Pipe Shop to be “Future Museum or Commercial/Retail”.
The Mayor and his team seemed to place all of their reasoning on a BDO report, which others have said is a flawed report. The fundraising effort in a small amount of time achieved 90% of their goal. We applaud Councillors Bell, Bookham and Clark for continuing to support culture in our community. It’s obvious from comments on social media in the last day that the community supports the project. There are rumours that potential large donors (likely developers) were discouraged from making donations to the museum.
The City was given $9M by the Province after the National Maritime Centre project was cancelled*. City staff provided this statement about the disbursement of the funds: “The Provincial government has indicated that in the absence of a n NMC project this funding is to be used for purposes consistent with the spirit of the grant, such as the preservation of BC’s maritime heritage or other arts and cultural uses”. We question whether “Commercial/Retail” is a suitable use of the funds.
Councillor Clark suggested that there was too much going on in the back room (in camera) that needs to come out in public. There is need for a public discussion. We request that this be on the Council Agenda for February 1st and that the Museum be allowed to present their case to the public.
*much has been written previously about the NMC project, i.e. http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/10/opinion-north-vancouver-should-remain-focused-on-national-maritime-museum-aspirations/