Comment 39280

By Kiely (registered) | Posted March 30, 2010 at 13:54:27

"Right why is it acceptable for many Hamiltonians to leave thier hopes for a cleaner, healthier and, fairer (i know not a word) city in the hands of a "not for profit co-operative" That as far as I have seen only works within a small pretentious, elietist demographic?" - Bonzo

I know this comment is not a popular one but perhaps if we look past the poster's bashing we can see something that perhaps needs to be addressed.

This is not the first time I have heard such accusations of the Sky Dragon. Even Ryan McGreal's piece on Community Activism points to some of the more extreme minority opinions of Sky Dragon supporters (e.g., anarchists, anti-gentrification activists, etc…). Perhaps the tone of Bonzo's criticism is not to some people's liking, but I don't think that should prevent people involved with the Sky Dragon from examining why some people have these feelings. This is one of the reasons I wanted to attend this event, to hear and decide for myself, unfortunately I was unable to and the comments here have raised even more questions about what I was hoping to determine for myself.

Maybe they are missing their mark and aren't achieving the type of community involvement they need in order to be successful with this endeavour? Perhaps if they accept and listen to the criticism and try to find the answer to why some people feel this way about what they are doing they will find some answers about what they need to do to get more people involved and keep themselves in operation.

I'll tell you right now, the type of people this city needs to attract in order to turn itself around probably aren't too interested in hearing about anarchy and anti-gentrification movements.

Anyway, hopefully we'll see some input/opinions from the other side of this debate to spark some more enlightened discussion of this issue.

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