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Friday, July 24, 2009
Human Rights Museum Wants More of Your Money
Construction on The Canadian Museum for Human Rights , which started in April of this year, is taking place Winnipeg and set for completion in 2012. So far they have begged for, and gotten, $160 million dollars of government money.
Is it well spent?
Officials at The Canadian Museum For Human Rights announced earlier this year that they would require an extra $45 million in donations because rising construction costs had driven up the price by 17 per cent.
On Friday, they announced plans to approach various provinces and the City of Winnipeg to help foot the $310-million bill.
So they screwed up by not budgeting properly. And who will hold the bill for their screw up? The Canadian public, everyone of us.
And why wouldn't they beg for government money? Corporate welfare is a blight, yet time and time again government cozies up to their buddies in big business and makes deals that benefits their friends, giving millionaires more money for their projects and businesses, while the average middle class person (the majority of Canadians) are forced to pay for it.
Force people to pay for a Human Rights Museum, ironic.
Just take the money from the current project to improve Union Station in Toronto. After all, no one is using it at the moment. Moreover, Toronto has received far, FAR too much aid over the years. Time for those spoiled rotten brats to start contributing to their own upkeep.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-07-24 9:20:15 PM
I'll happily pay for a demolition crew.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-24 9:26:09 PM
For which, Shane, the Museum of Human Rights or Union Station?
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-07-24 9:59:19 PM
"Force people to pay for a Human Rights Museum, ironic"
The sad thing is that most people don't get the irony because most people haven't a clue what a real human right is. A big thanks to our "public" education system for that.
Posted by: Farmer Joe | 2009-07-24 10:11:07 PM
Human Rights Museum comes up $45 M short
By Paul Turenne, SUN MEDIA
The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights are going back to the city, provincial and federal governments to ask for more money.
Friends campaign chair Gail Asper said this morning that all three levels of government are being asked to contribute to a $45 million shortfall in capital that the museum determined about two months ago it will need on top of its original $265 million estimate, largely due to the inflation in construction materials and labour that is affecting all projects.
Ottawa has already committed $100 million to the original amount, Manitoba agreed to pay $40 million, while the city said it would contribute $20 million. The remaining $105 million was to be raised privately.
Asper said she is now asking the three levels of government and the private sector to contribute roughly the same ratios for the additional $45 million.
She said that amounts to about $7 million more from the province and $3 million more from Winnipeg.
Asper said the federal government has already more-or-less declined to contribute any additional capital as it has already agreed to make the museum a national one and will therefore be paying its annual operating costs, currently estimated at more than $21 million per year.
Asper said she has also been talking to the provincial governments of B.C. and Nova Scotia to see if they will agree to contribute to the capital push.
Asper and many of the other people connected with the museum did take time out this morning to celebrate the fact that they have reached, and in fact surpassed by $2 million, their original private-sector fundraising goal of $105 million.
A spokesman for Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said "The city has already made significant investments towards this project. We are aware all levels of government have been asked for further funding and look to see what commitments come from the senior levels of government. With our limited revenue, the City of Winnipeg currently has many other demands and priorities."
Posted by: Lagavulin | 2009-07-25 1:33:09 AM
Provincial Human Rights Commissions took all our rights and put them in a Museum, and now they're gonna force us to pay more for it?
How about our rights get restored, the Commissions get shut down, and the 'Museum' rots? That would be the right thing to do, and it would save us millions of dollars.
Posted by: Philanthropist | 2009-07-25 5:22:36 AM
Actually I think a human rights museum is entirely appropriate for Canada. After all isn't a museum where you put old antiquated things that are considered part of a history past that no one uses any more? Like our rights?
Maybe in the not too distant future I can get my interprovincial travel papers and take my Grandkids to the museum so they can see how awful a free world must have been....
Posted by: The original JC | 2009-07-25 6:55:00 AM
JC: I'm afraid such a museum would not show that. Instead, it would demonstrate how awful the world was beforehand, where racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, etc., etc., were commonplace. It would also demonstrate government intervention into society to "correct" those things. After all, they have to legitimize their actions somehow - public expressions of history are quite good at that.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-07-25 8:03:34 AM
NOT ONE CENT more for a so called Human Rights Museum! It is a total waste of money. Let them build what they have money for. If they cannot, then abandon the project.As for the train station. dispose of VIA it a useless money sucking waste. If VIA is to continue the riders should pay the entire cost. We know they won't so shut it down. I am so tired of wasted taxpayers dollars.
Posted by: gary | 2009-07-25 8:17:29 AM
"For which, Shane, the Museum of Human Rights or Union Station?"
For the museum. It's an empty exercise in Canadians' conviction in their own moral superiority, being built purely for political reasons. The irony is doubly ghastly considering the existence of our HRCs.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-25 8:52:02 AM
Wait just one minute. Inflation in the price of labour and construction materials? During the worst recession in seventy years? Something doesn't compute here. The price should be going down, not up.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-25 8:53:51 AM
After all, they have to legitimize their actions somehow - public expressions of history are quite good at that.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-07-25 8:03:34 AM
Probably right Zeb.
Posted by: The original JC | 2009-07-25 10:16:51 AM
This is a goofy looking building according to the photo printed. I expect this buildiong will need a fortune in maintenance costs. Remember when buildings were to contain the contents away from the weather and not a freaking figment of out of this world imagination?
Posted by: Ezra Fan | 2009-07-25 5:06:50 PM
Wait 'til we find out no whiteys will be hired to work there.
Fortress Louisbourg was partially paid for with NS taxpayer's money, but local Francophones weren't French enough to work there. All the jobs(mostly summer students) went to Quebecers.
This unstable peace can't last forever.
Posted by: dp | 2009-07-25 6:09:24 PM
"I expect this buildiong will need a fortune in maintenance costs. "
The feds are providing $22 million PER YEAR for operating costs. Ugh. This is from the linked to CBC story...
The federal government has already committed $100 million in construction costs and $22 million in annual operating expenses
Your federal income taxes at work.
Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-25 9:38:33 PM
It'll end up being just another building we can stand in line at.
Maybe it could be turned into a homeless shelter in the long run.
Posted by: The original JC | 2009-07-27 4:26:27 AM
A human rights museum that has a statue of white supremecist Emily Murphy built as an example of a human rights champion has no right to exist.
Emily Murphy's racist propaganda used to sell the war on cannabis to Canadians is largely responsible for a lot of human rights violations committed against people in Canada today.
Posted by: DrGreenthumb | 2009-07-30 11:00:16 PM
Uh huh. Tell us about the aliens at Roswell, too, Greenthumb?
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-30 11:39:30 PM
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