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VCI owes a fiduciary duty to maintain and enhance the Columbus Centre

VCI owes a fiduciary duty to maintain and enhance the Columbus Centre

T his is my second appearance before the Board, the first having been in June.  I do with some regret, because I would have been happier if this matter of the new Dante Alighieri Academy had been settled and dealt with, with the school Board doing the right thing and opted to build the new school on its own lands, rather than on the lands of the Columbus Centre.
Then I first appeared here with two of my colleagues to address this issue, we were only beginning to grasp the gravity of the Board’s actions and the single-minded way with which Villa Charities was pursuing this project.
Our organizations CASA and Save Columbus Centre Committee were at their infancy. Information was hard to come by, and whenever it did, it had to be stripped from the plethora of misinformation, secrecy and outright lies provided by Villa Charities.
You must have come to appreciate by now the finer qualities of your partner in this project, its lack of transparency, arrogance – especially on the part of their chairman and the coterie of directors around him – intolerance toward dissident voices, the belittling of our concerns in any way possible.
Villa Charities has anointed itself as the absolute owner of the Columbus Centre in all its various components and conveniently forgotten that they are trustees of community assets and that they owe a fiduciary duty to maintain and enhance the mission of the Columbus Centre as a hub of Italian Canadian culture.
In all this, the TCDSB is playing a critical role which it, unfortunately, fails to acknowledge, at least publicly. 
In Insisting on a new school to be built at the expense of the existing Columbus Centre, this Board has set itself up on a collision course with the membership of the Columbus Centre and thousands in the community who are opposed to it.
Questions are being asked as to the ultimate aim of this absurd project, which sees this Board after spending 18 million dollars to purchase 3 acres of land from the Sister of the Good Shepherd, will spend an additional 20 million to buy an additional 3,5 acres from Villa Charities for the school site. 
That is close to 40 million dollars even before putting a shovel to the ground.
This Board has failed to explain why it needs our land when it is sitting on two schools on Playfair Ave. with over 16 acres of land at its disposal for a new school whose enrollment has been steadily declining since this project was initially concocted in 2011.
For all these reasons I encourage you to support the motion of Trustee Piccininni and stop playing the role of enabler and accomplice of Villa Charities. 
You have alternatives. You can rest assured that the community will be most grateful of this decision.
Joseph Baglieri
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Mar Sun ,2017