[Taxacom] the New Brunswick Museum's building stalemate
bckcdb at istar.ca
Fri Dec 18 22:23:25 CST 2015
Here's a letter sent out by the Friends of the New Brunswick Museum
about the museum's current plight. There's a page on their blog with
e-mail addresses for letters of support for the museum -
https://friendsofthenbm.wordpress.com/what-you-can-do-right-now/ - and
such letter should be CC:'d to Director Jane Fullerton
<Jane.fullerton at nbm-mnb.ca> and Curator of Zoology Donald McAlpine
<Donald.McAlpine at nbm-mnb.ca>. It's important for letters to go to the
city council this weekend, since there's to be a council meeting on
Monday at which the museum will make a presentation, presumably asking
the council to relax its hostility/indifference towards the museum's
need for new facilities. There's background on this
hostility/indifference at the Friends blog
You can study this for more background material, but a simple letter of
support to the Saint John Common Council would be most helpful.
For nearly 175 years, the New Brunswick Museum (NBM) located in Saint
John, New Brunswick, Canada has been the provincial hub for cultural,
scientific, and research activity. It has inspired artists, played a
vital role in protecting endangered species, encouraged young people to
become learners and thinkers, among so many other important functions.
It is a resource not merely for New Brunswickers, but beyond.
For the past 15 years, the NBM has sought to find a solution to a
problem that has endangered its collection, its staff, and its work. The
NBM’s Collections and Research Centre was built in the 1930s. It is
dreadfully overcrowded, has no fire suppression system, no environmental
controls, and has serious mold, leak, and vermin issues. The building
itself is in a state of failure, with the stone roof estimated to
collapse within two years, taking one or two floors with it. In short:
the situation has finally reached crisis level, and the NBM is out of time.
The solution is not simple. As a crown corporation, the NBM falls under
the jurisdiction of one provincial department (Tourism, Heritage and
Culture) while the facilities it rents fall under another
(Transportation and Infrastructure). To further complicate matters,
Saint John City Council has not demonstrated visible and active support
for the NBM in this time of crisis; the indefinite tabling of a key
decision and subsequent silence regarding a possible solution has given
an air of indifference, at best.
At this time, it is absolutely imperative for two things to happen:
1) It must be made unequivocally clear to the New Brunswick Provincial
Government that the NBM (and its collection and expertise) is a vital
and worthwhile asset, not to just New Brunswickers but far beyond our
borders. It is something in which we can take pride, and its protection
and work should be a priority rather than an afterthought.
2) [Museum people around the world] must stand up and demonstrate the
desire to keep the New Brunswick Museum – and its cultural, economic,
social, and educational benefits – [active and effective]. As the
provincial museum, the reality is that it can be relocated to any
community in the province, particularly if it is cost-effective or
politically wise to do so.
Please make your support known as soon as possible, help spread the
word, and encourage others to do so.
Karen J. McLean
Founder of the Friends of the New Brunswick Museum
Please note: The Friends of the New Brunswick Museum is a concerned
citizens group that is not formally affiliated with nor does it
officially represent in any way the New Brunswick Museum or the Province
of New Brunswick.
Frederick W. Schueler & Aleta Karstad
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