Saturday, March 18, 2017

Save the Museum Building in Old Glenora June Acorn Edmonton, Canada-----------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Good luck getting any city council in Alberta to retain green space. We're trying to keep the old Museum in Glenora with no sort of interest by the government of Alberta. http://www.cbc.ca/.../edmonton-senior-starts-online... Edmonton senior starts online petition to save old museum 85-year-old wants RAM building repurposed By Lydia Neufeld, CBC News Posted: Mar 09, 2016 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Mar 09, 2016 6:00 AM "You couldn't possibly build that building now, and to tear it down ... it's ludicrous", she said. Last weekend, she started an online petition, Save the Museum Building in Old Glenora. Her goal is 1,000 signatures, and she has almost reached that mark. She wants the building repurposed, saying people likely have some good ideas for its use. Although she personally would prefer it to continue as a museum of some sort. Government at all levels has no interest in retaining green spaces or perfectly reusable buildings. Like · Reply · Just now

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Like June Acorn is dissenting in Edmonton, folks in Calgary are dissenting as well. June Acorn would like us to reconsider the demolition of the museum in Glenora.  Folks in Calgary want to keep precious green space.

June Acorn started with talking to the media and the Change.org petition. That's the way to do it folks.
#MediaAttention.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-senior-starts-online-petition-to-save-old-museum-1.3481435

Edmonton senior starts online petition to save old museum

85-year-old wants RAM building repurposed

By Lydia Neufeld, CBC News Posted: Mar 09, 2016 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Mar 09, 2016 6:00 AM MT
June Acorn, 85, has started a petition to stop the demolition of the old provincial museum building.
June Acorn, 85, has started a petition to stop the demolition of the old provincial museum building. (Facebook)
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June Acorn loves the Royal Alberta Museum. The 85-year-old loves it so much that she has started an online petition to save it from the wrecking ball.
"I think that there's a million things that could be done in that building," Acorn told CBC News on Tuesday. "When there is a good building that can last, then I think it is tragic to see it being torn down."
The Royal Alberta Museum was built in 1965 and closed Dec. 7, 2015.
Staff are still using the facility as they prepare for their new building in downtown Edmonton. They won't actually move out completely until late 2019.
Royal Alberta Museum
The old Royal Alberta Museum building at 102nd Avenue and 129th Street (Royal Alberta Museum)
Alberta Infrastructure recently began asking for ideas on how to turn the site into a public green space
once the museum finishes moving to its new site.
The province is accepting design proposals for green spaces until March 15 to decide whether it's a workable option.
Acorn is miffed.
She points to the building's Tyndall limestone exterior, the marble walls inside, solid oak doors and banisters, and exquisite brass fittings.
She notes the south face of the building has reproductions of the First Nations petroglyphs of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park carved into the walls.
"You couldn't possibly build that building now, and to tear it down ... it's ludicrous", she said.
Last weekend, she started an online petition, Save the Museum Building in Old Glenora. Her goal is 1,000 signatures, and she has almost reached that mark.
She wants the building repurposed, saying people likely have some good ideas for its use. Although she personally would prefer it to continue as a museum of some sort.
"I just really hope that we can make a difference," Acorn said. "I would think that history would mean more to the people of Edmonton than it does."

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Then June Acorn took to social media and spoke to the citizens in the city who love the museum and can't see why it can't be repurposed. They signed her petition here:


https://www.change.org/p/alberta-infrastructure-save-the-museum-building-in-old-glenora

Save the Museum Building in Old Glenora

Built in 1965, the Alberta Provincial Museum Building on 102 Avenue and 129th Street in Edmonton stands as a true gem of modernist yet historic Alberta archtecture. This beautiful strucure is adorned by fosil-rich Tyndall Limestone from the Red River Formation, extensive marble interiors and exquisite brass fittings. The South face of the build has reproductions of the First Nations petroglyphs of Writing-On-Stone Provincial park carved into the walls. The building is a cherished place for generations of Albertans and the site of many wonderful memories of learning and discovery. The grounds of the building are already a beautiful green space and the new building stands in elegant relation to the also historic Government House. Alberta Infrastructure is presently considering the demolition of this wonderful building. In a time of economic restraint we the undersigned ask Alberta Infrastucture to put aside all plans for demolition and repurpose the building preserving the cultural and archetectural integrity of our province. 
This petition will be delivered to:
  • Premier Rachael Notley
    Alberta Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason
  • Government of Alberta
    Premier Rachael Notley






No one in government cares about citizens but June Acorn does not quit.
What citizens have to do now is to go to the community leagues and to politicians.
Luckily we have a community league system in Edmonton.
We can yap to the community league presidents, present at the community leagues and do our media attention thing all over Edmonton.
#MediaAttention

Then we go door to door in the Glenora area and yap to the voters.  It's a good way to get the attention the MLA for the area. Then we go to the other communities and yap to voters.
It takes time and trouble but it is worth it.
We will get our way.

Eventually.

What will be the response of the bureaucrats and politicians to the folks in Calgary?  I guess it depends on how tenacious you are. June Acorn has plugged away at the petition and the work she has done is pretty amazing.

The folks in Calgary should follow June Acorn's lead and start an online petition. Then keep going with #MediaAttention.  Social media. Community league by community league presentation. Door to door campaigns. That's the way you do democracy folks.


http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/residents-rally-to-save-beloved-highland-green-space


Residents rally to save beloved Highland green space

Published on: March 18, 2017 | Last Updated: March 18, 2017 6:55 PM MDT
Marchers unfurl a blue banner representing an underground creek during "Rally in the Valley" event in Calgary, Alta., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Save the Highland Valley Wetlands rally was in opposition to a high-rise development planned for the green space near 40 Ave. and 4 St. N.W. Bryan Passifiume/Postmedia Network
Marchers unfurl a blue banner representing an underground creek during "Rally in the Valley" event in Calgary, Alta., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Save the Highland Valley Wetlands rally was in opposition to a high-rise development planned for the green space near 40 Ave. and 4 St. N.W. Bryan Passifiume/Postmedia Network
Over 150 marchers opposed to developing the old Highland golf course gathered at the site Saturday afternoon to urge council to reconsider the project.
Braving the late winter mud and ice, ralliers marched into the northwest Calgary green space with a long blue banner representing the creek buried under the valley.
It’s a City of Calgary mandate to continue to have green space,” said ‘Rally in the Valley’ organizer Grant Symon.
“This is the inner-city — this green space, it’s 52 acres, it shouldn’t be touched. It’s vitally important.”
Marchers unfurl a blue banner representing an underground creek during “Rally in the Valley” event in Calgary, Alta., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Save the Highland Valley Wetlands rally was in opposition to a high-rise development planned for the green space near 40 Ave. and 4 St. N.W. Bryan Passifiume/Postmedia Network
Last May, the city’s planning commission gave the nod to the mixed residential and commercial development that’s been in the works since the site was sold to developers in 2013.
Four of the five amendments added to the development by council are up for third reading on Monday — essentially a make-or-break vote for the contentious project.
If both the amendments and main motion granting approval for the development fails to gain council approval, developers will have to wait six months before trying again.
Of particular concern to community members was the valley’s role in local water drainage — specifically the proposed removal of trees and the vaulted creek that runs beneath the former golf course.
“There’s been a ton of storm flooding that’s happened within this community,” Symon said.
“The valley is an important part of the watershed in allowing the water to properly vacate from the surrounding communities.”

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Area Coun. Sean Chu said he’s well aware of the community’s concerns, particularly the lack of green space, prompting him to bring in several amendments.
“The biggest issue everybody has is the water issue,” he said.
“People had been asking to daylight the creek and make it into a wetland — the developer doesn’t agree, and the city said they don’t have to.”
For those who marched on Saturday, their message to council is clear.
“It’s about the environment,” Symons said.
“It’s about the green spaces and it’s about doing what’s right.”


Julie Ali ·
Good luck getting any city council in Alberta to retain green space. We're trying to keep the old Museum in Glenora with no sort of interest by the government of Alberta.

http://www.cbc.ca/.../edmonton-senior-starts-online...
Edmonton senior starts online petition to save old museum
85-year-old wants RAM building repurposed
By Lydia Neufeld, CBC News Posted: Mar 09, 2016 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Mar 09, 2016 6:00 AM
"You couldn't possibly build that building now, and to tear it down ... it's ludicrous", she said.

Last weekend, she started an online petition, Save the Museum Building in Old Glenora. Her goal is 1,000 signatures, and she has almost reached that mark.

She wants the building repurposed, saying people likely have some good ideas for its use. Although she personally would prefer it to continue as a museum of some sort.

Government at all levels has no interest in retaining green spaces or perfectly reusable buildings.
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