Sorry for the late post about the article in the spec……..but we all know about it but also shouldn’t take the three month extension as a win by any means, they have a long way to go………… here’s the article…
A little late in the posting, but the community meeting last night was an amazing success by many measures. The night led off with a joyous announcement by Mike Pattison that the Teacher’s Credit Union has granted the Sky Dragon a three-month extension on the termination of the first mortgage. (I’ll double-check that number) Note that time is still running out – the Dragon still needs to secure alternative financing – but this extension gives us the desperately needed time to make that alternative financing happen.
The event was well-attended (maybe somebody can provide a better number but I would guess 100+) and there were some excellent presentations made by members of the board and some of the staff. Afterwords, people broke into themed discussion groups to provide feedback and questions on specific topics that arose during the presentations. All kinds of other wonderful things were taking place at the same time that brought a lot of positive energy to the night (a speakers corner video camera, fresh coffee, treats, lots of feedback and portrait shots for the art crawl).
There was definitely not enough time for people to express everything on their minds despite the event running over 3 hours. Integrating community input, participation, will be an on-going process for months to come. The next big target in terms of a public event is the upcoming James Street Art Crawl (April 9th). We have graciously allowed to use the Ricca’s Furniture building (much thanks to the new owners) to setup a Save the Dragon exhibit where we hope to put on display all the community feedback and support we’ve received so far.
Ok so I’ve been a bit bummed out about skydragon but I did want to touch on some news of the street/area…..
The Spec has a article about the newly/finally open bar called “The Brain” on James north and whether it’ll be the new Hess Village? Judging by the comments from Raise The Hammer’s site I really don’t think too many people are very keen on the concept. You may want to join their facebook page
Mike Pattison has setup a big whiteboard at the Sky Dragon to pull together some ideas about how the center is moving forward. Next to the board you’ll find a big stack of paper to write out your own comments, thoughts, concerns, criticisms. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on the board right now:
Immediate Financial Needs
1st mortgage holder ($270,000)
Building appraisal ($3,000 to $3,500)
Year end taxes ($3,000)
Pro-bono / discounted help
Immediate Volunteer Needs
Halton Eco Fest
Eco Film Fest
Eco market (artist boxes)
Immediate Public Needs
Sales agents for
Mayday ad sales
anything craft promoted
Further help is required. Any cash donations (receipts to be issued on $25 or more) will be held in an account now being established. Anybody with time to volunteer can leave their name and contact information for Mike Pattison at the cafe counter.
Additionally, people interested in helping with these specific areas please include your strengths / background when leaving your contact information:
Anyone interested in helping with PR
Kitchen / catering volunteers
Building / repair
Any other strengths or interests
All legal, accounting, investing opportunities please contact Kevin Mackay by phone (905) 777-8102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org