I was very interested to read a brief item in The Guardian on Nov. 23 in which city councillor Rob Lantz says it's time to rethink the future of Founders' Hall, as part of a new waterfront master plan that will focus on creating a waterfront district that is vibrant and active year-round for residents and visitors alike. "I think Founders' Hall has a huge role to play in that goal and it’s time to rethink the use of that very important building," Lantz said.
That item brought back memories for me: when plans were first underway for construction of the building and I (and others) wrote letters to then-premier Pat Binns urging him to have it designated as a provincial museum.
Obviously that did not happen. Are we now being given the opportunity to rethink that decision? My image for Founders' Hall is to have it not only as arepository for Island artifacts, but as a ‘learning place’ where Island students could be bused to the building to explore some of the Island history and university students could conduct research; that would fit the above goal to make it "vibrant and active year-round for residents and visitors alike."
What an ideal project for 2014. Let’s not miss out on it again.