|(Excuse the beaten up chalkboard, it's seen better days and needs a fresh coat of paint! It's on our never-ending list.)|
We think it's really important to get involved in civic matters and to let your voice be heard. It doesn't take long to write a quick letter to City Council letting them know your feelings on the subject. I run my mouth off to politicians all the time, and I can assure you it really only takes ten minutes of your day, if that, AND you can feel super good about yourself for the rest of your day knowing that you are an engaged member of society.
I run my mouth off so much that I even told City Council that White Elephant would CLOSE if a casino opened downtown. The thing is, Jane and I do kind of feel this way, even though we love White Elephant with all our hearts and I couldn't imagine life without our little baby elephant. On the other hand, a casino would completely compromise the vision of a sustainable community that so many folks have been building here for the most part, altruistically. It's becoming a scary reality that our City Council is really only in this for the bottom $$$ sign, and that's not at all what we are about over here.
We don't ask often, but we need your help. If you're aware of the debate, and you have strong feelings about it, you have to speak up, or else you'll never be heard. If you love downtown, and what is happening there, speak up. You don't need to be eloquent or long winded. A simple "no thanks to a casino downtown" is all you need to say.
You can find a complete list of City Council here.
Is this considered lobbying? Can we get in trouble for this? We're just a lil cute innocent handmade shop. We love baby goats and doodling hearts and smiles and rainbows and kittens. And stickin' it to the man.
Activist extraordinaire and radio show host Matt Jelly invited us on his show In The Neighbourhood last week, and we had such a great time chatting. The conversation did inevitably turn to the casino, and you can hear our thoughts and the show in it's entirety here. We're around the 28 minute mark. There's one part that stands out to me, when Matt asks us what concerns us most about a casino downtown, and simultaneously Jane and I let out heavy sighs, and are left speechless with all the negative effects that one could have on our city.
We love our Hamilton. We love downtown. There is so much good to be found in our city, and we want to keep creating and building and contributing to the bright future that we all seem to have here. Letting City Council know how you feel about a casino downtown is the first baby step to that bright future.