Included in the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting is Clr. Buck’s notice of motion to address the recent naming of a room at the Aurora “Cultural” Centre.
Although I’ve already shared my thoughts in this post here:
https://wattstrending.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/whats-in-a-name/ I accidentaly discovered something yesterday that seems relevant.
Hiding in full view on the front page of the May 2nd 2006 Auroran:
http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?wpfb_dl=190 states that Jackie Stuart, Aurora’s museum curator for the past 25 years learned that a room, inside the new Aurora Heritage Centre now under construction at Church Street School, will be named after her.
Seems fitting that a room inside the Church Street school, the former home of the Aurora Museum, where Stuart spent the bulk of those 25 years would honor her service with this gesture.
On page 11 of the same paper Stuart pays tribute to the school on it’s 120th birthday by celebrating it’s original, and intended purpose.
In it she lists one of the most significant activities in the life of a community as education.
In closing she salutes the building as “a place for education still”.
That was before plans for the Town of Aurora’s Museum to return as a Heritage Centre were usurped by the “Cultural” Centre.
Instead of honoring Aurora’s heritage, and educating others the current squatters of that building have relegated Aurora’s heritage to a single room so that other activities can take prominence.
They struck the historic reference to “Church Street School” from their name.
And now we learn they have also disrespected the intent to name a room in that building after Stuart in favor of selling it off for corporate $ because they lack the ability to otherwise raise funds.
To borrow a line from the Parole Board chairman in the Cohen Brother’s film Raising Arizona:
“They’ve got a name for people like this. That name is called “recidivism.”