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By HotHungarianChef in Paris (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2009 at 09:58:20

Culture more important than sport!

In a recent report,Tue, 21 Jul 2009- National News Survey reported that "Culture is increasingly contributing to New Zealand's economy."It also showed culture topped both sport and the economy in importance to their sense of national identity.

People believed culture was more important to our sense of national identity than either sport or the economy. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed thought culture and cultural activities were very, extremely or critically important to our sense of national identity. Landscape and environment scored most highly.

"But perhaps more important is the contribution of the cultural sector to the economy,"

"The arts and cultural sector is a significant part of the workforce."

The overall percentage of people employed in cultural occupations has increased significantly over the last few years.

"Evidence that employment in the cultural sector is growing is especially heartening as it dispels age old myths that pursuing study or work in the arts is a fruitless task.

"The arts and cultural sector provides work not only for artists, curators, designers, screenwriters and musicians but also for builders, accountants, printers and many more,"

"The sector also provides real economic benefits to the economy in terms of the income and value added to the economy. The cultural indicators suggest that cultural and creative industries have grown at least at pace with the rest of the economy."

I couldn't have said it better myself. All true statements whereever you may live.

So - why do we think that spending $22 million on an arena is fitting to promote sports in this depressed economy rather than preserve a Gothic Structure that would bring in money and preserve and promote the arts and culture be even a question in our minds?

But, the real question begs to be asked?

Why can't WE the People of Brant County - specifically PARIS, ONTARIO, CANADA - one of the prettiest towns anywhere, with the full support of our Province and Country, step up to the plate and "Sing the Praises of the Arts" and preserve our heritage and culture?

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