The Province of B.C. and the federal government have have denied Smithers’ grant application for a new Library-Art Gallery.
Deputy mayor Gladys Atrill said she was “incredibly disappointed” the $12.8 million in funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program didn’t come through.
“We really had a lot of hopes pinned on it and I think, in view of what’s going on now, it would have been a double boost to the community to have a capital project,” she said. “Even if it went more slowly, it would be good for people to have something and also, we just really need it, it’s time to replace the old library and the gallery is in a space that’s not adequate. We have lots of cultural places that need a boost, so it would be nice to take a crack at one or two of them, that’s for sure.”
Atrill said they did not get a specific reason for the denial, only that the program was “over-subscribed” and the Town’s bid was unsuccessful. She does not believe it is related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While also disappointed the fundraising committee said in a press release this doesn’t mean the project is dead.
“This announcement definitely does not change our commitment to getting a new library space for our community, it just may take extra time to get there,” stated Wally Bergen, Chair of the Library Board.
The estimated cost of the project is 15.87 million. So far, the committee has raised close to $800,000 toward a goal of $1 million. Harvey and Corrie Tremblay have pledged to match that dollar for dollar. The Town would also have had to hold a referendum to approve borrowing its $1 million share.
“The announcement has not dampened our enthusiasm at all,” said Wendy Wright, Library Director. “We are just as passionate today as we were yesterday to provide a safe, efficient space with room to grow for all our patrons.”
Nicole Chernish, Art Gallery manager believes other funding opportunities will present themselves.
“While this grant did not work out, there are other options; we will definitely be looking at moving forward,” she said.
All that being said, no further work will be happening any time soon.
“The Library, Gallery and Town have shifted their immediate focus to supporting the community through the current pandemic crisis,” the April 3 release stated. “When circumstances permit, Town Council will determine the building project’s next steps and evaluate new funding opportunities.”
The committee is still accepting donations.
Ottawa business faces backlash after posts on Blackout Tuesday – CTV News Ottawa
Expressing outrage over racism can be a complicated and sometimes divisive action. One Ottawa business that tried to share its opinion on social media this week found out exactly how hard that can be.
Blackout Tuesday is a collective action to protest racism and police brutality. The action, originally organized within the music industry in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Earlier this week, Art-Is-In Bakery, a popular eatery in Ottawa, posted a ‘black-tile’ for #BlackoutTuesday on its Instagram page. Stephanie Mathieson owns the business, along with her husband,
“We’re a family run business, and IG is run by a few members of this family, I posted the black square.”
Then, according to Mathieson, another family member created a promotional post – celebrating the stores re-opening; something that you are not supposed to do once you post a “black-tile” on social media; creating a backlash.
“Unfortunate that we hurt people along the way, and we are terribly, very sorry about this… We made a mistake, but our heart was at the right place; we deeply care what happened, that’s why we posted the black square in the first place.”
Comments then flooded the Art-Is-In Bakery Instagram account. Makda Kidane used to shop at Art-Is-In and she left comments, which were deleted. According to her, she was then blocked by Art-Is-In.
“We put money in your pocket, we support your business; we share this business with other people when I have my friends coming in from out of town, it’s an establishment that I frequent with them, and it was disappointing that they don’t see the value in our dollar or our voice.”
Kidane does not think the use of the “black-tile” is appropriate, if used along side a marketing campaign,
“The plight of black people is not a trend; it is our life, it is our reality; and, we need allies and we don’t need people to just follow a trend.”
Yodit Haile also saw the post, comments, and then the deletion.
“What they did was wrong; it’s clear that they used the Black Lives Matter movement for their own benefit, for their own advertising, and that’s not what this movement is about.”
Art-Is-In deleted the post, now making their Instagram page private.
SO HOW SHOULD BUSINESSES USE THE BLACK TILE?
“There’s no appropriate way to use that,” says Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Professor of Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Communication, whose areas of expertise include history, culture, and racism in Canada.
“When some businesses, particularly white businesses – white owned businesses are trying to all of a sudden become black, that is problematic; there is not an appropriate way to recycle pain.”
He says that businesses should participate more with their actions – who they hire, and who they employ in management positions.
As for Art-Is-In?
Mathieson says, “All our intention by posting this black square were good; it came from a concerned and caring place.”
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Bahadır Ünlü is a Turkish actor who plays a crucial role in spreading positivity and entertaining millions with his witty thoughts and stellar performances. He firmly believes that entertainment and Art should not have any boundaries, both metaphorically and physically. He explained, “Art and entertainment are kindred spirits. People should be able to experience them without any restrictions or inhibitions. Boundaries should be blurred, and people should come together.” Bahadir is a leading actor in Turkey, and he is keen to explore international projects and reach a broader audience.
Now his ambition is to reach out to the global audience so that he can connect with them through his Art as an actor. He is also a social influencer and enjoys interacting with his audience, fans, and followers. He enjoys social media as it is a medium that also transcends boundaries.
The actor, director life, was not a bed of roses. Bahadir has also gone through some challenging times, but experience taught him the critical aspects of life, and he knows how to connect the dots to achieve new heights. He believes that the best way to approach life is by being optimistic in the face of adversity. According to Bahadir, artists and entertainers are not bound by borders, and it is entirely correct. Bahadir believes that art and entertainment as mediums have the power to reach millions of people, surpassing boundaries like language, distance, and culture.
Bahadir has more than 600 thousand followers who regularly follow him on Instagram. Bahadır Ünlü has been very active recently on his social media. Bahadir has numerous upcoming international projects and is excited to reach out to a brand new audience, with whom he can connect and interact. Bahadir’s devotion to his Art is commendable as he continues to grow and evolve as an actor and director.
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