Stop the madness! Stop the waste!
It’s amazing how Vancouver’s elected officials keep raising taxes/fees/charges … claiming they MUST, just to maintain essential public services.
There’s no money for improved public transit, there’s no money for more busses, there’s no money to maintain even existing levels of service …without an added sales tax.
Yet, at a snap of their well-callused spending fingers, they have no problem approving all kinds of NEW spending that caters … not to the majority of taxpayers … but to their own increasingly-demanding political base.
No problem finding ANOTHER $30 MILLION to try to cure the dangerous mess Council created for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists still brave enough to try navigating the Burrard Bridge these days; and, no need for public restraint in an economy heading into a recession, when many long-time city residents already are having trouble keeping up with ever-rising taxes and fees : the politicians have decided EVERY city employee will be guaranteed a minimum $20.68 an hour “living wage”. That equals more than $43,000 a year MINIMUM starting wage ( 40-hour week) … approved by Council, even though officials confessed they have no idea what the total extra cost to the city will be … for one year, five or ten.
And now, not to be ignored in spending public money where it certainly is NOT needed, the Vancouver Park Board had added a whole new dimension to its TOTAL WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS repertoire … deciding to create a huge piece of ugly visual pollution that NO ONE will welcome in their neighborhood: a “sweetheart” rusting padlock love memorial!
It’s not even an original idea … it’s a cliché stolen from Paris, where by the way, after years of watching theirs grow, rust away and destroy the bridge where it was located, officials recently ordered theirs DISMANTLED, CARTED AWAY and NEVER TO BE REBUILT.
So did the Vancouver Park Board learn from Paris’ experience and costly mess?
In a city blessed with natural beauty and tourist-beckoning scenic backgrounds … the Vancouver Park Board has decided we need a REAL attraction to draw visitors: a huge, elongated, and no doubt an ever-growing mass of rusting padlocks (it really does rain here … sometimes for months at a time) , for people to commemorate their romantic attachments.
Nor will it will have to be just people who are married. This is Canada: check the Charter of Rights! Your love for a favorite tyrant (Attila the Hun, Adolf, Benito, Mao, Fidel ) or even your beloved dog, cat or sheep will soon have have a taxpayer-funded canvas … thanks to the Vancouver Park Board’s waste of YOUR money.
They’re still trying to decide: In Stanley Park? Along the seawall? On the beach at English Bay? In Queen Elizabeth Park … where the Park Board this summer has already allowed construction of a zip line …turning the tranquil refuge of floral beauty, ducks and perfectly manicured landscapes into Playland South … with all the hooting and hollering that goes with each 90-second thrill ride.
In France, the lovelocks phenomenon started slowly, then expanded over the years until they became a problem.
In Vancouver, in this the age of Facebook postings, the love-lock fence or sculpture … probably costing a million dollars to design, build and maintain over the years … will likely be FULL within a few weeks or months.
And then what?
Why of course, the Park Board will have to make it longer and bigger … while offering absolutely no protection for the taxpayer.
How does that fit into Vancouver’s “GREEN” agenda? How much energy, heat, water, steel will go into producing this wire monstrosity and all the locks attached to it …. none of them used for the purposes that they were intended when the tons of ore to produce them were pulled out of the ground. ? A totally bad, ugly polluting idea … so much for having a GREEN agenda …. just another waste of public money to absolutely NO good end.
The Park Board should stop this madness!
Unless, of course, they agree to place it in the ONLY suitable location where it will NOT harm Vancouver’s natural beauty and scenic sightlines: Point Grey Road …the portion west of Macdonald, near the Mayor’s home … that was closed to traffic last year, also for no good reason and another costly waste of public money.
Put it there … and I’ll temper my objections.
In fact, I’d probably even show up …. with my own great big lock to affix … maybe even two or three … just to watch them drip, drip, drip rusty water and create an ever-expanding stain on the private enclave portion of Point Grey Road!
Now THAT would be an attraction worth photographing and posting on Facebook!