Friday, September 21, 2007

Creative rubberstamps

Londoners may have forgotten about the Creative Cities Committee, but the Creative Cities Committee has not forgotten about Londoners. According to Alt-London, city council approved the committee's recommendations for the following funding by an 18-1 vote (ward 10 councillor Paul Van Meerbergen opposing):

(a) $23,000 in start-up funding for the London Heritage Council;
(b) $5,000 for MainStreet London's mural project;
(c) $6,000 for the London Ontario Live Arts (LOLA) Festival;
(d) $2,000 for the London Reads event.
It's a small thing for a creative city, which means that not one of us will notice a difference in the quality of creativity in London except for those who get to spend the money, but it's a useful thing to bring up from time to time to keep the tax spigots open. The near unanimity of the vote indicates either an exceptional common resolve among the city's politicians to make petty gestures in support of petty causes, or an utter indifference to tossing around other people's money. Either way, or both, it was not a subject up for any kind of debate.

1 Comment:

Elaine said...

Doesn't that just warm the cockles of your heart? Eleven more people to sit around a table to decide how to waste taxpayer's money being appointed.

All of them stellar performers on divising ways of wasting money on silliness that doesn't work.