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The charade by VCI just does not end

The charade by VCI just does not end

TORONTO  –  The Board at Villa Charities Inc. is determined to demolish the Columbus Centre and with it any vestige of the Italian Canadian legacy in Toronto.
Next on the list of these “visionaries”: Villa Colombo – declared unequivocally as obsolete by none other than the Chair of VCI and Ex-Officio member of the Villa Charities Foundation. Villa Colombo is as “decrepit and debilitated” as the Columbus Centre.
That is the refrain that the pro-demolition chorus repeats ad nauseum. How did we get there?
Who has been “running the shop” these last 40 years? Who has inherited stewardship of the Italian-Canadian Heritage in the GTHA and beyond, given the former impact of the campus on the larger community?
It is the same people who now argue that maintenance costs make the nurturing of a community icon and symbol of cultural vibrancy unsustainable. Their solution: sell off the physical cultural assets and tear down the facility! 
More specifically, “run it down to justify tearing it down”. And create a climate of fear and hostility by summarily dismissing long-serving personnel, in most cases, without just cause, according to reliable sources.
Now, in a blatant attempt to convey the impression (to the OMB) that it seeks public input in order to pitch its case, VCI is conducting a series of “consultative” hearings, with pre-selected audiences to be held, starting September 25th in the Boardroom of the Columbus Centre.
Bell Telephone has removed all public telephone booths in the general area, otherwise, these would have served as a perfect venue for their purposes.
Meanwhile the “Save the Columbus Centre” signs have sprouted like Tulips in the Spring on lawns from Bathurst St in the east to Keele St in the west and from Wilson Ave in the north to Eglinton to the south – so far.
The organizers behind them have gravitated to MPP Mike Colle’s responsible leadership on this issue. So, have political figures at all three levels of government. 
To their credit, they acknowledge that this is not a purely local issue. The Corriere Canadese, will do its part by giving them credit where it is due and identifying those whose timorous demeanour deserves mention.
The “new crew in charge” is behaving like the Taliban on a destructive mission to erase vestiges of a culture not of their liking.
But the entire project, denied as part of the VCI refrain, has a dollar value too tempting for them to ignore. Evidence of its existence (along with the recriminations for real or perceived conflict self interest) is emerging daily. 
VCI continues to ignore offers to respond to emails asking for clarifications on their intents. Maybe is time that the community show up to the meeting, September 25th.
 
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