By Matt Jelly
Published June 18, 2012
Join us for a peaceful protest against School Closures this coming Tuesday, June 19, starting at 5 pm at 100 Main Street West. Please bring a sign, as well as a non-perishable food item for donation to local food banks.
This is an emergency broadcast: S.O.S. Save Our Schools.
Recently, our public school board voted to close eight high schools: Sir John A Macdonald, Barton, Delta, Parkside, Hill Park, Parkview, Mountain, Highland.
50 acres of public green space could be sold off for development.
These eight high schools will be replaced by only three new schools: one in the lower city, one south of the Linc, and one in Dundas.
The Board has also voted to close King George Elementary and Prince Philip Elementary. More elementary closures are on the way.
We moved heaven and earth to save a football team. What about these teams?
100 Main Street West will be demolished by McMaster. The Board rejected a proposal to locate a new headquarters in the Beasley Neighoburhood, where the $31 million development could have been leveraged to clean up a contaminated brownfield site: the Cannon Knitting Mills, built in 1854.
Instead, the Board will demolish Crestwood School. Seven acres of greenspace will become 480 parking spots.
We're spending $1.5 billion on the Pan Am Games. We're spending $140 million on a new stadium. But we're closing schools in the same neighbourhoods the Province calls "Places To Grow".
We're closing schools in a city that aspires to be "The Best Place to Raise a Child."
Schools are at the heart of our urban neighbourhoods. They serve as our community centres and parkland. They are a part of our shared civic identity.
This plan is wasteful, short-sighted, inconsistent with Provincial policy, bad for neighbourhoods. This plan is bad for Hamilton.
Did you vote for this?
Join us in peaceful protest this Tuesday, June 19, starting at 5:00 PM, 100 Main Street West. Bring a sign, and please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to local food banks.
Please contact your minister of education: email@example.com.
Please contact your MPP: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
We want schools we can walk to. We want intensification, not urban sprawl. We want reinvestment, not consolidation. We want promises to mean something.