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Re: “Not so close to my backyard

Redrabbit. Business is business and a shill a shill. Miss Waque is not the poor volunteer martyring herself for the arts that she portrays in the article. The Housing Trust have gone through the proper channels with their proposal. The $700/month quoted in the article has generated negativity toward the Housing Trust. As the cost of the units will be based on income, this is a misrepresentation aimed to sew doubt in the reader toward the Housing Trust's mandate for affordable housing.
The geography of your birth is not the the issue but the willingness to malign and misrepresent for personal gain is. Thinking that we are so easily fooled is what makes a CFA.

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Posted by Foamy on 07/05/2014 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Not so close to my backyard

Pigeon: I am sorry that you find the term CFA so offensive. I would not use the term if not warranted. It is reserved for those that don't even realize how condescending their tone is. "Why do I love this city that does not value what I am doing for it?"
Miss Waque did not build the Bus Stop Theatre. It was a turnkey operation bought 4 years ago by the Waques from Howard Beye. It was already a black box theatre.
As for being a "volunteer", the building has an income both from the Bus Stop Theatre (which was turned into a Co op in 2012) and rental units in the upper floors. Miss Waque receives income from the Bus Stop Theatre indirectly as a part owner and manager of the property. There are many volunteers that contribute to the events and daily operations of the Bus Stop and other arts organizations. They are to be lauded. If you profit at all from an enterprise, calling yourself a volunteer is a dubious moniker.

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Posted by Foamy on 06/30/2014 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Not so close to my backyard

I was dismayed that The Coast would print a blatant self interest article from a commercial property owner who is trying to sway opinion against a neighboring commercial property owner that happens to be the non-profit Housing Trust.
Miss Waque’s father, Stephen F. Waque, a Toronto lawyer and business man, is the owner of the Bus Stop Theatre building. The fact that their neighbor is in the final stages of developing their property is nothing but sour grapes. The messianic meanderings of miss Waque over how her artistic vision of the North End will help the people is classic CFA dribble. They are a for-profit holding company. If they do not have a development strategy for their property, and it is not commercially viable in its present configuration, then they should sell the property to someone who has a vision and will actually help the North End.

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Posted by Foamy on 06/30/2014 at 5:57 AM

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