While many [including us] are tracking Hurricane Bill we continue to track our tax dollars. Whatever your view of the value of the project, it doesn’t hurt to know where the money goes does it?
The important venue in Wolfville’s cultural landscape is being revitalized thanks to an investment by the federal government. Last week Senator Donald Oliver announced more than $72,429 for upgrades to the structure.
No, not the Atlantic Theatre Festival, the Al Whittle Theatre Co-op.
All the usual suspects were pleased about this government our generosity. Senator Oliver, Mayor Bob Stead, MLA Ramona Jennex, WBDC Prez Peter Herbin, and of course most of all, Councillor Zimmerman. We wonder what Michael Bawtree is thinking.
Don’t get us wrong. We like having the Acadia theatre; we are sure it helps business in town generally and the building has a long history. But money for a digital projector? At who’s expense? What worthier projects weren’t funded? Affordable housing? Jobs for the disabled? University revitalization?
We would rather see this “co-op” stand on its own two feet, supported by shareholders, contributors, sponsors and users. Isn’t that what was expected of the ATF?
We couldn’t help laughing at this line in the report.
Two-thirds of the projects the funds were intended for are complete and he added the cinema is the only independent cinema east of Montreal that can boast a digital projector.
Independent? See THAT’s what bothers us. If our offspring were subsidized heavily by us and described themselves as “independent” we would be more than a little concerned about their attitude.
It appears that the “powers that be” are determined that the only “businesses” or operations that can thrive are dependent on government tax money.