A Brief Call-Out from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Posted July 19th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
“I was brought up to believe that there is no virtue in conforming meekly to the dominant opinion of the moment. I was encouraged to believe that simple conformity results in stagnation for a society.” – Jane Jacobs
For all of us across this greater Niagara region who all too often find ourselves wondering if there is anything citizens can do to stop moneyed developers and their political friends from forcing bad planning on our communities, ‘Citizen Jane – Battle for the City’ is a documentary film that should inspire us all to lock arms as citizens in our communities and fight on because it is possible to win!
I saw this great documentary when it was screening at the Amherst Theatre in Buffalo this spring and tonight – this Wednesday, July 19th at 7 p.m. at the Film House at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines off St. Paul Street – it is screening again.
Sorry I missed getting this post on earlier, but if you are interested and can still catch this July 19th screening of Citizen Jane, I know you will love it.
Here is a trailer for the film that you can click on followed by a brief write-up
Read a Buffalo News review of Citizen Jane – http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/11/citizen-jane-hero-time/ .
Back to NAL publisher Doug Draper again –
I leave you with another Jane Jacobs quote. And as you read it, think about the lawsuit the Niagara Peninsula Authority slapped against St. Catharines citizen and retired Canadian Armed Forces officer Ed, Smith, the lawsuits filed against St. Catharines regional councillors Brian Heit and Kelly Edgar – all for roles they have played in trying to bring some truth to power when it comes to the conduct of our government and its accountability to we, the people.
“I was taught that the American’s right to be a free individual, not at the mercy of the state, was hard-won and that its price was eternal vigilance, that I too would have to be vigilant. I was made to feel that it would be a disgrace to me, as an individual, if I should not value or should give up rights that were dearly bought. I am grateful for that upbringing.” – Jane Jacobs
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