Heritage Group Contributes to Vic Hall Maintenance

Until today, I had not heard of the  “Victoria Hall Heritage Maintenance Trust Fund”.  That’s not the Architectural Conservancy group nor the Victoria Hall Volunteers.  It’s a trust fund dedicated to preserving Victoria Hall and today they donated $10,000 to the Town to “aid in the restoration and refurbishment of the parapet and front pillars at the King St. entrance”. If you have ventured Downtown recently, you might have seen work being done at the front entrance of Victoria Hall.  In 2017 they paid $5000 towards the work done to spell out what needed to be done – see Links below for Restoration requirements drawings. In June this year, Council approved a tender for the work from Colonial Building Restoration Ltd in the amount of $275,000 (plus HST) – the $10K will help defray this cost.

What is the Victoria Hall Heritage Maintenance Trust Fund?

Mayor Henderson & Edward Cunnington
Mayor Henderson & Edward Cunnington

See the Links below to download a copy of their information sheet describing what they do but in summary, they are a committee that manages money left over from the original Society for the Restoration of Victoria Hall.  President of the committee is Edward Cunnington and there are seven others – some of them also in the Victoria Hall Volunteers group. Since their establishment in 1988,  the initial $60,000 has grown to a balance in December 2019 of $112,000. In addition, during those 30 years, $110,042 has been donated to the Town of Cobourg towards a variety of heritage maintenance projects including major repairs to the clock tower in 2013 and 2014 as well as chimney repairs.

The cheque presentation was not pretentious – Edward gave Mayor John Henderson an envelope containing the cheque and there were no speeches!  The only other politician present was Councillor Nicole Beatty. Although not required outside, most people involved in the cheque presentation wore masks.

Today was also the first day of an experiment to try to get some life back into Downtown.  King Street was closed to cars but open to pedestrians – and will be all weekend.  At around 11:00 am, the street was mostly empty but several restaurants had patios set up – see photos.  Some stores were also expanding onto the street.  To my knowledge, no entertainment was planned.

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Update – 18 July 2020

Demonstration - 18 July 2020
Demonstration – 18 July 2020

Most restaurants were busy on Saturday around lunchtime and some peaceful, quiet demonstrators congregated outside Victoria Hall protesting about masks to provide a distraction if not entertainment. Their signs included:

  • Masks Useless and Dangerous
  • Freedom over Fear
  • Mandatory Masking, Tracking & Vaccinations is based on incomplete Science that serves Political interests and violates individual liberty

Democracy and free speech at work.

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Matt
19 July 2020 9:45 am

In regards to yesterday’s protest, ironically, I think they’re actually doing a lot to promote mask use. I’ve made no secret of my reservations about the mandatory mask by-law and how it was implemented, (I’m abiding by it by the way, if for no other reason than my not wanting to be the guy who makes the minimum wage earner who has to ask me to put it on’s day worse), but if by saying so, it even appears that I’m aligning myself with THAT, I think I’ll just shut up about it.

That was not a collection of our brightest and best. It was however, a collection of people with a lot of free time to sit around and read QAnon nonsense.

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Matt
19 July 2020 12:06 pm

Matt – I realized a long time ago that the one thing that can’t be fixed is stupid. There are those who will ignore reality because they believe they are superior to everybody and can never get COVID or spread it to others.

So they had their little protest, waved their crudely made cardboard signs and stomped their feet in protest. In the end, nobody paid any attention to the rag tag crowd and they will continue to be ignored by all who value community health and the wellbeing of others.

Merry Mary
Reply to  Canuck Patriot
20 July 2020 9:02 am

In a video displayed on “todaysnorthumberland.ca” one of the repetitive protesters discussed the hypocrisy of closing King Street for tourists. It was not such an event; there was no advertising. It was a proposal by the DBIA to bring local people downtown and to be out in their community again-with safety precautions. The protesters denounced masks and vaccines as the options of non-elected people, yet they, too, as non-elected people hypocritically claim to be the experts.

Are_n
Reply to  Canuck Patriot
20 July 2020 3:50 pm

Can’t fix stupid and you can’t have stupid people fixed.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Are_n
21 July 2020 8:39 am

Can’t quarantine it either. https://youtu.be/PBSq8BtX_y8

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Wally Keeler
21 July 2020 11:11 am

The one thing you never do if you’re a politician, or aspiring to be a provincial or federal party candidate, is run from the media. Nicole made a huge blunder in how she dealt with the reporter’s questions. You don’t try to deflect the questions to your PR Department and you don’t refuse to provide even a basic answer. I felt bad for her been ambushed by Rebel News. She looked scared when the fake news cameras were rolling.

At least our MPPs and MPs are given talking points on how to answer topical questions. I’d suggest Ashley Purdy hold a Media101 class for our Council members and assist them further with talking points.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Canuck Patriot
21 July 2020 11:54 am

“I’m at liberty not to say.”

Merry Mary
Reply to  Wally Keeler
21 July 2020 12:54 pm

Is the protestor who is fighting her recent charges/violations in the locality of what she labels “Chinada” still a Marketing Employee for Stalwood Homes?

Leweez
Reply to  Merry Mary
21 July 2020 7:44 pm

please explain why this matters and why you need to broadcast it

Merry Mary
Reply to  Leweez
21 July 2020 9:36 pm

It is an odd juxtaposition to be marketing homes in Cobourg when the marketer is labelling the area “Chinada.”

Leweez
Reply to  Merry Mary
21 July 2020 9:42 pm

Why name the business?

Merry Mary
Reply to  Leweez
22 July 2020 1:59 am

Why not name the business, or name names?
The business was part of the question that was asked for the purpose of clarification. Since then, I was told that the information is widespread on the web.

Leweez
Reply to  Merry Mary
22 July 2020 6:45 am

Nope, you have a different agenda, you want her to lose her job because she has different views than yourself

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Leweez
22 July 2020 9:10 am

I doubt that there are two Cobourg residents named “Tamara Ugolini” so the fact that she is employed by Stalwood Homes is not a secret.
See https://www.zoominfo.com/p/Tamara-Ugolini/-1140603947

Merry Mary
Reply to  Leweez
22 July 2020 11:51 am

How absurd! How do you know what is my agenda or what are my views?! The facts are necessary when someone asks me to support their challenge and to sign their petition.

MiriamM
Reply to  Merry Mary
22 July 2020 12:16 pm

You seem to be on a witch hunt. Or maybe, have connections to a competing business? And, I wonder, would you have posted similar notes if your target was a man and not a woman? I do not necessarily support all the group’s views but listening to a different opinion can sometimes lead to better solutions. And, we all have the right to choose not to sign a petition. I recall meeting a young activist at a conference. His reputation went from being one of outsider to champion. His project, now known as: Rouge National Urban Park.

Merry Mary
Reply to  MiriamM
22 July 2020 12:54 pm

No witch hunt.
No competing business.
Yes I would have asked the same question if the protester was a male.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions.
My Project: Ten Thousand Trees for the Rouge.

Matt
Reply to  Canuck Patriot
22 July 2020 3:27 pm

When did “Rebel News” and like earn their way under, the “The Media” umbrella? That cred used to cost more than a YouTube account and a gullible audience with a lot of free time.

Her mistake was in speaking to them at all. Just because they’re doing everything they can to lower the bar for legitimate journalism it doesn’t mean we have to.

SWBuyer
Reply to  Matt
22 July 2020 6:07 pm

Nature abhors a vacuum, so it is not surprising, with the collapse and dumbing-down of news media locally and across Canada generally, that something would try to fill the void.
Rebel News (https://www.rebelnews.com/journalists ) has better credentials than many of the online “citizen” journalists. I think your statement about “lowering the bar” is a bit too broad brush and dismissive to be applied fully to Rebel News..

There is very little “legitimate journalism” left locally and perhaps in Canada. For proof, read any of the local papers (if you can find one) or most of the online stuff. Event reporting covers the basic facts and little else. Gone is the investigation, analysis and intelligent commentary on why this is important and meaningful.
Rebel News’ “tabloid” style certainly doesn’t convey “serious journalism”. It’s not my preference, but at least they are making the effort.

Merle Gingrich
18 July 2020 12:49 pm

Congratulations to many “UNPAID VOLUNTERS” not like Trudeau’s paid volunteers.

Tom Holden
18 July 2020 8:24 am

Re the downtown event, it was dead at 4pm. One store owner told me it was a disaster for him compared to a normal Saturday even now.

CiW
Reply to  Tom Holden
18 July 2020 11:42 am

It’s only 11:40 a.m.! How can it be dead at 4:00 p.m.?

I was downtown at 10:30 a.m. and it was very busy. There was a constant flow of customers into the Black Cat.

Beach walker
Reply to  Tom Holden
18 July 2020 2:00 pm

But it’s not even 2pm????

Frenchy
Reply to  Beach walker
18 July 2020 3:26 pm

I think King St. was closed off about 11:00 am Friday. I wonder if Tom meant “Friday” instead of “Saturday”?
Hope everyone does a roaring business.

CiW
18 July 2020 8:13 am

I suppose the Certo building is just going to be left to fall apart.

Frenchy
Reply to  CiW
18 July 2020 5:04 pm

Other than the facade, what was ever worth saving?

CiW
Reply to  Frenchy
22 July 2020 9:07 am

Ditto Vic Hall. What a wasted effort ( not ) that was.

As well as producing Certo in the distant past, artillery shells were also produced there during WWI. It’s part of Cobourg’s history and should be preserved. It would be nice if we had been a bit more concerned about our history in the past decades. Btw, preserving the facade and re-purposing the interior is not a bad idea. It’s done quite often in Europe, where preserving historical architecture has a greater importance.

Deborah O'Connor
17 July 2020 8:31 pm

Let’s give a shout-out to Lenah Fisher and my father, Ed Haynes. Both contributed thousands of hours (and lots of printing freebies from Haynes Printing) on the restoration in the late 70s and early 80s. Somewhere in a box in the basement I have all kinds of materials about that and the Port Hope flood in 1980.

Nice to see that you, John, are continuing that early work.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Deborah O'Connor
17 July 2020 10:11 pm

I want to thank your dad for his printing of the covers of the teen magazine that locals put out during the hippie era, 1969, Phoenix. This is one of the treats I love about being an original Cobourger, knowing you, your dad and so many others from the age; a fact that a few imports to Cobourg resent.

ben
Reply to  Wally Keeler
18 July 2020 7:23 am

Hmm interesting that such a laudatory comment would receive thumbs down! I guess some people prefer to be anonymous comment writer dislikers. A typical ‘shoot the messenger’ attitude.

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Merry Mary
Reply to  ben
18 July 2020 10:01 am

I have noticed this method of mute discussion and procedure as well.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  ben
18 July 2020 10:20 am

Hmmm yes. I had many conversations with Lenah Fisher back in the day, an original suffragette. She was charming with on-point wit. During the years long starling crisis, and as a Town councilor, she offered a free dinner at Marie Dressler Place for the person who killed the most starlings on shoot-em-up days in Town. She also ensured that the Cobourg Police Force had an increase in the buidget to pay for more ammo to shoot the starlings on Cobourg’s placid streets. She was also the marvelous supporter of all things Victoria Hall. One of the things that charmed the local hippies of the day was her excursion to Mosport where she climbed over the fence to enjoy the Strawberry Fields rock festival. And Deb’s father who was so generous towards the youth of Cobourg and so many other things. But of course, none of this is known to the few migrants to Cobourg, who have often expressed their resentment of the experience and opinions of original Cobourgers, like Deb, you and myself. I would like to add that Foster Russell and Peter Kolisnyk were my mentors in my youth, both not original from Cobourg. You, Ben, and Deb and… Read more »

MiriamM
Reply to  Wally Keeler
18 July 2020 11:49 am

To add, Dr. Jim Johnston kept several local newspapers alive and well during the time he owned them and as publisher. A man with a global perspective and a keen understanding of politics it was not unusual to find him walking along the harbour or downtown, ready to engage in conversation. Not sure what brought his family to Cobourg but both he and his wife Miriam became very active supporters and volunteers in the community for many years. As I think you point out Wally, citizens of Cobourg have not been typically a quiet sort but action oriented sort of folk, and, Cobourg not a dull quiet town but rather an ambitious one.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  MiriamM
19 July 2020 12:53 pm

It was my pleasure to have worked free lance for Dr Johnston. He provided a wonderful contrast to the previous publisher.editor, Foster Russell. When the Security Service of the RCMP intercepted and withheld my mail without warrant. he went to bat for me. Whereas Foster shit disturbed every week. Dr Johnston was more selective and in a manner more effective in changes.

Frenchy
Reply to  ben
18 July 2020 11:04 am

Maybe if Wally had just left it as a laudatory comment to Mr. Haynes we would see more green than red.
But no, he had to finish it off with a trolling comment about “imports”. He should have used a period instead of a semi-colon and dropped the last nine words, n’est pas?

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Wally Keeler
Reply to  Frenchy
19 July 2020 12:57 pm

You’re a case in point Frenchy. Whether you like it or not, I love that I am a born-Cobourger and all of the common town experiences I have shared with my born peers. I love that it sticks in your craw.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Frenchy
19 July 2020 1:04 pm

The most important element of that comment was “few” as in “few imports“. Get it? Your petty mischaracterization reveals how much it sticks in your craw. I regard you as one of the “few“, the very “few imports” who have expressed displeasure over original Cobourgers commenting.

MiriamM
17 July 2020 4:49 pm

Thank you John for covering this event, the donation by the VHHMTF to the Town. It is good to know about the ongoing partnership with the Town and community stewardship of Victoria Hall, a national heritage landmark. Having municipal offices located in the building along with community meeting rooms, and cultural spaces like the Concert Hall and the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Victoria Hall continues to be a living and vital part of the community. And, I believe that the members of the VHHMTF committee lending their skills to the cause are all volunteers.

Paul Pagnuelo
17 July 2020 4:43 pm

The Committee members are to be congratulated for 30 years of wise and prudent investment to help offset costs with preserving Victoria Hall. I also had never heard of the group who have quietly been working away in the background contributing to the good of our community.

It is volunteers like this that make Cobourg so special to those of us who chose it as home.

Thank you. Your efforts are appreciated.