The Sentinel Review – Spinning Like a Top…AW

When Hugo Rodriguez refers to “some members continuing quest to derail or slow down the movement to a new building” he’s spinning like a top. As he well knows the intent is not to derail or slow down the movement. The intent is to force the the gallery advisory board and their supporters on council to follow proper procedure. That may very well slow things down but that is not the principal intent.
Even the headline is misleading. COUNCIL TO GET NEW GALLERY PACKAGE. The use of the word new implies that there is an old gallery package. There isn’t. The decision to hand over a pile of cash to the gallery people was made with no documentation package at all.
There has been no feasibility study done. None. As of this time no one has documented the need for a new gallery or established what might be required if such a need existed. All we have to date is a few people whining about the existing building and demanding that council satisfy their champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
Heres another quote from the story: “McFarland said he could prepare a package for council…” Prepare? Just what information did four councillors use to determine that they should hand over 4 million dollars to their friends at the gallery if Bob still has to prepare it? I have to wonder if perhaps Bob should have used the word manufacture instead of prepare.
Even the CAO admits his ignorance when he states of the current building, “We maintain the structural integrity, but I really don’t know what state it’s in.”
Does anyone really know what the needs of the gallery promoters are? We sure as hell know what they want but neither they nor the city councillors that are desperate to shower them with our cash seem inclined to document or in any way justify the expense.
Four city councillors bought a 3 story 26,000 square foot building without any idea as to its condition or suitability for an art gallery. They can’t even document that the purchase was required! Thats the story Hugo. But then, you already know that.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Well damn. I had two people read this to check for obvious screw ups before I submitted it and they both missed what should have been obvious. In the headline the word new could refer to the gallery rather than the package. If that’s the case there was no intent to mislead with the headline. Pity I can’t say the same for the rest of the story.


  2. Anonymous
    Posted September 10, 2008 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    think we may need an editor??!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted September 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I had two they both missed it. Of course it is an ambiguous headline. It can be taken either way. I just think it’s more likely that I erred in divining Hugo’s intent. If whoever wrote the headline was a better writer they would know enough to avoid ambiguity.

    Speaking of needing an editor, have you read the first sentence of the story in the Sentinel? πŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous
    Posted September 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    “think we may need an editor??!”

    Of course if you’re referring to the Sentinel needing an editor rumour has it they have a new one. I haven’t seen any evidence to back that up though. πŸ™‚


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