Monday, June 25, 2012

Should Patrick John Mills Gallery be Shut Down?

Some neighbours complained about the noise or perhaps it was about too many cars parked in front of their houses or maybe it was that they didn't like the posters around town informing people of upcoming events.

How short-sighted of them.

They may feel proud that they've "got to" Patrick John Mills, and they have. He is crushed. Not only has he lost his business and livelihood but he's losing his home as well as he will have to sell it because he won't be able to afford to stay there.

And I wonder if the complainers considered the scores of artists, performers and art aficionados who are affected by this turn of events? A piece of Ottawa's art and cultural scene is being decimated.

There is additional information posted on the gallery's Facebook page and there was an article in Metro June 21/12.

If you want to help then asking questions of  the city councilor for Hintonburg and the area, Katherine Hobbs, may be in order.

Katherine Hobbs
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

You might also want to query Hintonburg area MPP, Yasir Naqvi about what he thinks can be done.

411 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 204
Ottawa, ON K2A 3X9
Tel: 613-722-6414 Fax: 613-722-6703  

It is time to stand up for art, culture and a person's right to conduct a legitimate business that just happens to be off the commercial beaten path.


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