Woodstock Mayor Happy That A Select Few Will Get $3.3million To Play With


Woodstock Mayor Michael Harding is as happy as a pig in shit this week after the federal government announced that funds were being sent to Woodstock for local infrastructure improvements as part of the federal stimulus package.(basically the feds are handing out cash for every looney tune idea that comes their way)
The mayor has decided that an art gallery fits into the perimeters of that infrastructure funding so he has decided that redirecting $3.3 million into a gallery retrofit would be good for a community of people who are hungry, unemployed and losing their homes.
This gallery is being built to make a few people happy. The visitor numbers are so low that one must wonder who the place caters to? In fact, the Lord Cultural resources study directly shows that the majority of attendees to the Woodstock Art Gallery were board members themselves and not actual visitors.
Woodstock already has a fine art gallery and it is in a wonderful location.
What Woodstock needs is a bloody rehab centre with some support staff to deal with the burgeoning mess of Oxy heads in Woodstock.



  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    That's 3.3 million added onto the national debt that we and our children and grand children will be paying off for the next 50 years. Fifty years may be optomistic since we haven't yet paid off the one left us by Trudea/Mulroney.

    Since the engineer from Lord Cultural gave the renovation a 20 year projected lifespan that means we'll still be paying for it long after it's been reduced to rubble. Naturally they will want a new gallery again so 20 years from now we'll still be paying off the demolished Shoppers building and paying for the new one as well. That's our Mayor's idea of responsible fiscal management.

    He's got the votes. He's got the advisory board. He's got the money, some of it anyway. Don't forget the estimate to do the project is a bare minimum of 8.3 million. Guess where the rest is coming from.

    They did a study that looked at building a brand new building on the eastern boundary of Museum Square. The estimate was 5.5 million. If you had to choose between a new building at 5.5 million that would last for 75-100 yrs or a renovated piece of crap that would cost 8.3 million and last for 20 yrs which would you choose?

    Why did council make what is obviously the wrong decision? On the face of it it makes no sense.

    The decision makes perfect sense to the councillors that support this project. They have their reasons for ramming this through and those reasons don't include service to the public or sound fiscal decision making. They have refused a public meeting. They don't want to answer questions. They don't want to have to justify the decision because they can't.

    In any other community this would be a hot news story. Why is the Sentinel printing news releases from the Mayor's desk instead of asking the obvious questions and demanding answers?

  2. Chris
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    why does woodstock need an art gallery to begin with isn't their only 35000 people there. I know the one that was by the library, when i lived there, but why the hell would that small city need one.

    "What Woodstock needs is a bloody rehab centre with some support staff to deal with the burgeoning mess of Oxy heads in Woodstock."

    Did they get rid of the methadone clinic there…I know it isnt a rehab centre but i think they should locate one near there.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    "What Woodstock needs is a bloody rehab centre with some support staff to deal with the burgeoning mess of Oxy heads in Woodstock."

    Bullshit. What Woodstock needs is to cut off the supply and put an end to this mess. I'd rather see the money put towards law enforcement than wasted trying to rehabilitate these idiots.

  4. Chris
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    you do realise that there are "Oxy heads" out there that were prescribed those pills at one point. are you pointing law enforcement towards that crook doctors that prescribe the shit to the innocent, law abiding citizens, in turn making them addicts. It is an addiction for fuck sakes I would rather see a place to help them than a place to throw to rot on our tax dollars and get into worse shape than they already were in. But hey since you were too lazy to even post your name i wouldn't assume you would be back to see this.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Which part of "cut off the supply" are you having trouble understanding? You're goddam right I'm including the doctors AND the drug manufacturers. They are the real profiteers. The street dealers are small change when compared to the "legitimate" businessmen who reap the real profits from Oxycontin. There are hundreds of different pain medications available. Why do we need Oxy? It's a relatively new concoction. We got along without it just fine before and I'm sure that the only people that would miss it if it were pulled off the market would be the addicts, doctors and drug manufacturers. This isn't about an addiction to drugs it's about an addiction to easy money on the part of people who are supposedly in the business of alleviating suffering.

    As for the methadone clinic, which is still here…..
    "The Ontario government is launching a task force to fix serious problems in the province's methadone dispensing system.

    Recently, the Star reported that a group of clinics that treat one third of Ontario's 14,000 methadone patients are billing OHIP for expensive urine tests that are rarely used for patient care and running the tests through an unlicensed laboratory. Many of its doctors are being paid for treating patients they never see, the Star found.

    In addition, the clinics have a controversial relationship with a Kitchener pharmacist who gets exclusive rights to supply methadone and other drugs to the clinics. In return, the pharmacist makes financial investments in the clinics and purchases medical software sold by its founders, both practices that are frowned upon by regulators."

    Those are exerpts from the Toronto Star. Read the whole story here ….. http://www.mapinc.org/tlcnews/v06/n409/a01.htm?136

    Methadone dispensaries are not rehab centres. They aren't in the business of getting people off drugs. They are in the business of getting people on methadone and keeping them on it. That's why it's called the "Methadone Maintenance Treatment" they get you off the more damaging street drugs and onto methadone which is less debilitating and harmful but just as addictive. It's not a cure for addiction. It merely transfers the addiction from those nasty street drugs to the more socially acceptable (and profitable) methadone.

    Stop feeling for sorry for the people who are addicted to this shit and start doing something about the thousands more who will become addicted if something isn't done to put a stop to it. Most of the current crop of addicts are a lost cause. The pathetic success rate of rehab centres demonstrates that. If rehab centres worked addiction rates would be falling, instead they are skyrocketing. It's not pleasant but it's true. Cut off the supply and save the future addicts.

    ps: I don't give a shit what your name is so why should you care about mine?

  6. jim bender
    Posted June 16, 2009 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    You are probably right about that one anonymous 7:20 Pm.
    Most of the present addicts are already too fucked to be helped. Preventing a future pandemic of oxyheads is a good idea.
    Too bad there are no cops to help on that one. They are busy chasing down those "dangerous pot smokers".

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