It is blatantly obvious that the decision to demolish Sanford School was already a done deal and the people of ward 3 had not been informed and certainly not part of process.
By Glenna Jones
Published January 24, 2013
In December of 2012, I attended a meeting at the Cathy Wever School concerning the demolition of Sanford School to make way for a soccer field and the possible renovation and expansion of The Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre.
At that meeting, a councilor stood up and announced, "The people must be part of the process." Yet it is blatantly obvious that it was already a done deal and the people of ward 3 had not been informed and certainly not part of process.
You cannot call twenty people involved in the Wever Hub as reaching out to the community. The Wever Hub has made it clear that they are not a Community Hub and their only interest is in programs that concern the students and the recreation centre.
So to claim that community engagement was part of the process is an outrage.
We the people who have made major investments in this community are no longer going to sit back while backroom and closed-door mismanaged disastrous decisions are pushed through council that profoundly impact our neighbourhoods.
When you tear down historic buildings and replace them with poorly-designed boxes - or, as in most cases, no replacement but just another parking lot - can you not see that you are systematically destroying your city?
What happened to vision, restoration and innovation in the case of the destruction of Sanford School?
What happened to the Planning Report that went back to City Council on Sept 12?
Why did it take four months for the planning report to be put back on the agenda of the Planning Committee?