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2013-02-07 at 14:59

LETTER: Shania Twain Centre demise should serve as a lesson

Hazel and Peter Williams, Thunder Bay
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To the editor:

We recently read about the demise of the Shania Twain Centre in Timmins and we think it’s a heads up for Thunder Bay’s city council.

We previously lived in Timmins and it is so sad to hear that this multi-million venture has failed. That’s $10 million under the bulldozers.

Locally, several people want to put together a $106-millon venture in an event centre. Grand as it seems, the people of Thunder Bay could end up in the same boat.

We, the people, will have to pay for maintenance if the big-ticket shows are not well-attended. In Duluth, our American friends showed us a 15 per cent increase in all taxes when the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Centre significantly expanded. We don’t have multi-million populations nearby, like Minneapolis, as they do in Duluth.

Each taxpayer in Thunder Bay could have an even greater than 15 per cent increase on house taxes that already are too high. If Fort William Gardens has to be demolished, could we not be more economical and fiscally responsible?

Hazel and Peter Williams,Thunder Bay


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p.o.ed taxpayer says:
This council and administration could care less about the taxpayer...they will listen to the chamber of commerce and the 'Ambassadors of the North' all of the people who have vested interests in seeing these mega projects go ahead...
2/7/2013 4:59:35 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
This story will go in one ear and out the other, at City Hall.
2/10/2013 5:27:10 PM
windigo says:
Thank you for the excellent letter, Finally a voice of reason
2/7/2013 10:41:59 PM
p.o.ed taxpayer says:
It seems that comments referring to 'The Ambassadors of the North' won't get published. Was the letter to council from this group of prominent individuals supposed to be confidential? The letter that virtually instructed council and the administration to ensure that there was not to be a plebescite on the event centre issue. Interesting that the media would not want the taxpayers to be aware of this influence peddling....
2/8/2013 9:12:37 AM
tiredofthebs says:
What does the closing of the Shania Twain Center have to do with building an event center in Thunder Bay?
2/8/2013 1:35:28 PM
passlake says:
I was thinking the same thing.. one is a museum, the other is a hockey rink.

apples to oranges...
2/8/2013 9:30:13 PM
Baor says:
Nothing.....some people are just completely negative and can't stand progress and change. Stay tuned....these types of comments surface no matter who (public or private) wants to build anything here. " Walmart is killed Quality foods" is an example...yet, Renco reopened in exactly the same place.
It's better to just let these busybodies have there .15 seconds of rant so that they will just go away when the city progresses and moves on without them.
Hazel and Peter Williams neglected to mention the mining company that will A) demo the thing and B) mine there.....
2/9/2013 5:00:33 AM
p.o.ed taxpayer says:
The Shania Twain Center is just another example of grandiose projects that fail one after the other...and the warnings are ignored because salesmen(consultants) provide inflated or exaggerated numbers to justify the building...without due consideration to the taxpayers that foot the bill...if these are such great schemes then the business community should be funding them..The business community has found the way to take the risk out of investing..get the taxpayer to pay and they will reap the rewards...
2/8/2013 1:50:30 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
I don't think they are listening. I don't think they even want to. Taxpayers are serfs.
2/9/2013 12:29:51 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Only a losing Taxpayer-financed sucker job is all our imagineers can come up with. One after another after another. At least they're consistent.
2/9/2013 12:34:06 PM
TBDR says:
Wait is this a real letter?
2/15/2013 12:15:00 PM
conker2012 says:
Your letter also forgets to mention that the Shania Twain center is being bulldozed because it is on the edge of a gold mine pit and goldcorp will be expanding their pit and this exibit center is in the way. What is more important jobs or a waste of money exibit center in the far north.
2/15/2013 3:35:44 PM
joepublic says:
sounds similar to Old Fort!!! wasting tax payers money, they should stick to historical park, cut operational cost, provide the tourism base for a unique experience, and stop trying to be everything to everyone.
2/18/2013 9:40:25 PM
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