Media Centre - News Release
Orléans Chamber of Commerce joins Equality East’s chorus call for an
east end arts and culture facility
(Posted December 8, 2002)
Ontario – The Equality East campaign for an east end arts centre has
received a major boost with news that the
of Commerce has signed onto the citizens coalition’s Declaration of
Support. The announcement was made today by Chamber President Diane
Boucher and Equality East Chair J.-F. Claude.
The addition of the Chamber as a signatory brings the total to 58
organizations that have endorsed Equality East’s Declaration of Support,
a community coalition unprecedented in the history of Ottawa’s east end.
Also endorsing the Declaration are eight community associations, two
sports organizations and 47 arts and culture groups. The Declaration
calls on members of Ottawa City Council to commit a minimum of
$8-million to establish a permanent, multifunctional community arts and
cultural facility in Ottawa’s East District.
“The Orléans Chamber of Commerce shares Equality East’s view that
bringing more amenities to the Orléans-Cumberland area is both good for
business and good for the community,” said Chamber President Diane
Boucher. “An arts and culture facility would contribute to improving the
quality of life in the east end, and thereby have a positive impact on
our community’s economic development,” added Ms. Boucher.
“Getting the business leaders onside was the missing piece of the
puzzle we needed to clearly and unequivocally demonstrate to city
officials that there is broad based support to move the east end arts
facility project forward,” said Equality East Chair J.-F. Claude. “On
behalf of Equality East, its members and supporters, I want to publicly
thank Diane Boucher and the Board members of the Orléans Chamber of
Commerce for stepping up at this critical juncture of our campaign,”
added Mr. Claude.
In recent weeks, Equality East has also been circulating a petition
for individuals wishing to express their support for this overdue
facility. To date, 1132 signatures have been gathered on the petition.
The east end arts facility, a project first proposed to the City of
Gloucester in 1988, has been identified as one of the Top 5 citywide
recreational and cultural priorities in the City of Ottawa’s Facility
Needs Study Phase II.
Equality East will further make its case for the proposed arts centre
in a presentation to the City of Ottawa’s Health, Recreation and Social
Services Committee on December 11.
The Orléans Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 130
businesses, promotes the economic, environmental and social well-being
of the Orléans-Cumberland business community, acting as a focal point to
the community and its members with regard to business, social and
political issues. The Chamber also works with other east end community
organizations and residents to ensure that Orléans continues to develop
into a quality community in which to live, work and learn.
Equality East, an independent, non-partisan citizens coalition,
promotes public and private investment in the renewal and expansion of
the east end community’s cultural, economic and social infrastructure.
By building a broad-based coalition of existing community-based
organizations and concerned citizens, Equality East aims to provide the
east end with a stronger, more effective voice in civic affairs.
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Diane Boucher, President,
of Commerce, (613) 830-9999
J.-F. Claude, Chair, Equality East Citizens’ Coalition, (613) 837-7950