breaking bad ideas


The Aurora "Cultural" Centre wants your ….ideas?

Why, you may ask?

Obviously because they are incapable of coming up with any on their own.

Here's the ad they ran recently in the Auroran and the Error Banner:


If this what the "Cultural" Center's board of directors consider engagement it's insulting.

The whole exercise appears to be a complete waste of time and money, both of which are paid for by the town.

If it really wanted to engage the town it would open up its board meetings that are cloaked in secrecy.  It would provide minutes of these meetings.  It would prepare a budget for approval by the town that outlines K.P.I.s.

It does none of these, and the only conclusion that I can make from this is that they really don't care to provide the cultural programming that Aurora needs.  Instead they seem all too content in the continuation of their elitist club-house, that provides an unnecessary duplication of services provided by far more professional organizations.

From its inception the "Cultural" Center is itself, a very bad idea, and has proven to be the antithesis of the "innovative" and "dynamic hub" that it markets itself as.

The programming for youth is predictable, boring, and expensive, especially considering how heavily subsidized the Centre is.

There is absolutely no digital connectivity, or even remote understanding of digital culture in the Aurora Culture Centre. 

Heritage programming which was to be the focus of the Aurora Heritage Centre has all been squashed to a bunch of dry talking-head lectures, and a duplication of displays from the Aurora Historical Society, funded by the town for the same programming.

The total output of this organization can be summed up in one word: snoregasm.   

The Aurora Cultural Centre has become a huge burden for the town, totaling over $500,000 in funding EACH YEAR that they receive in both program funding and an unreasonable lease agreement.

And that's just the cost that is visible.

Heather Mac Donald the author of The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern Intellectuals 

Misshape Our Society points at the invisible costs of bad ideas.  You can check out her book here:

In the popular Sony Pictures Televesion show Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston plays Walter White,a chemistry teacher diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer who turns to making meth to secure his family's finances. 

In one exchange White exclaims "I have made a series of very bad decisions and I cannot make another one."

Council made a bad decision in not terminating the Centre's Culture Services agreement when they had the opportunity.

Three members of council let down the entire community by shifting their vote after arguing for termination.

The Aurora "Cultural" Centre, and the so called "ideas" brought forth by its board of director's are unsustainable, unimaginative and unnecessary.

To avoid having any more exclusive $300 / ticket levees, VIP nights, scotch-nosing and the wide array of mucky-muck jump ups perhaps the whole building, and the council chambers should be sprayed with a healthy dose of this:


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