Multiplex: Is the Conestoga College site still a ‘valid’ choice?

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OpinionAug 08, 2017 08:00Cambridge Times

GARY DYKE CITY CAO..

 

Re: Cambridge selected for new UN data initiative.

In collecting local information for the United Nations World Council of City Data, Cambridge will “gather the data required to move the needle on key issues such as climate change, while also serving to drive infrastructure investment,” according to Dr. Patricia McCarney, chief executive officer and director of the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto.

City manager Gary Dyke told the United Nations’ WCCD launch forum in New York that “as city leaders, our daily work is all related to driving change for a more sustainable global future,” according to the report.

By this reader’s count, there are six references to “sustainability” of “development,” following Dr. McCarney’s lead concern for “climate change,” in that story.

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Simply put, it’s all about finding ways of overcoming the contradiction that’s been posed for capitalist economies by the need to achieve economic “growth” while lowering the threat of climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.

“Climate change” has not appeared to be a concern of civic administrators or lawmakers during a year of sharp exchanges about the proper location for a multiplex sports venue.

Cambridge’s selection as the single Canadian municipality to provide input to the WCCD, one of only eight worldwide, apparently came from its achievement in meeting stipulated community “indicators for city services and qualities of life.”

Smoke still rises from the battles around construction of a city administration building constructed to the “gold” rating of international energy efficiency, according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED), a Canadian city first.

In recent weeks, leading European car manufacturing nations continue to make news in announcing plans to end the manufacture of internal combustion engines for automobiles within the next two decades in order to meet the UN Paris Agreement deadlines.

Some manufacturers have stated plans themselves to go entirely electric with some models.

Will advocates of the Conestoga College site for construction of the sports complex still find its one of its major, early selling points — “it’s just off the 401” — a valid or even rational one at voting time?

George Burrett

Cambridge

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/opinion-story/7488384-multiplex-is-the-conestoga-college-site-still-a-valid-choice-/

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7 Responses to Multiplex: Is the Conestoga College site still a ‘valid’ choice?

  1. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie Smith August 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Great letter George – says it all right there for sure.
    Wish all of Camberidge would read it & get clued in to the real situation.
    I don’t think Dyke has a clue what he is spouting out.

  2. leskadar@rogers.com'
    bozo August 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    2018 around the corner

  3. kefran@bell.net'
    another voice heard from August 15, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Dyke is clueless and needs to be terminated

  4. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann August 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Notice that the Chamber has said jack shit about having the multiplex in central Cambridge to promote businesses. So much for showing the true colors. Money, not what is best, oh and keeping the family at the Chamber happy. Thanks for the post Doug. Where the heck is my caddy. I can’t golf 3 days a week without her. Here comes the election folks.

  5. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie August 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Right Tom – it is so silent – couldn’t remember if still in business. But then again Tibbets is on the Board – so must tread softly – right.
    Why aren’t the businesses on Hespeler Rd. up in arms – if built out-of-town – means less business at the Mall, Gas Stations, Hotels, Restaurants – the downtowns – etc. etc. – where are their voices?
    Can’t believe the people that should be up in arms – are quietly doing nothing BUT WILL BE THE FIRST ONES TO COMPLAIN – when their business goes elsewhere – right.

  6. Leskadar@rogers.com'
    Bozo September 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    seems the mayor sees an election win by changing his tune
    frank gets driven over by mayoral bus
    deal not done after all
    shannon loses what little left of his credibilty
    dyke continues to draw his 1/4 million and could care less
    it was all right here till somebody changed the slogan
    pool still a conestoga location fav downtown
    wonder what the mayor and president have up their sleeve
    city must owe the college big time

  7. Debbie Duff Vitez September 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    You are so right Bozo..

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