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CONTRIBUTION · 2nd December 2010
Skeena Diversity Society
There are two opportunities for Terrace residents to shape the future of one of the most talked-about piece of property in downtown Terrace - the former Co-op land.

The City of Terrace and Skeena Diversity Society are partnering to engage the community.

Thursday, December 2nd was organized by the City of Terrace. The public is encouraged to make presentations of their ideas including cost estimates and sources of funding if possible. More info can be found on City website.

Skeena Diversity Society is hosting a day-long community dialogue on Saturday, December 4th from 10 am till 4 pm to have an opportunity to engage in more hands-on brainstorming and planning. The Society has brought up two facilitators, Nathan Edelson and Norma-Jean McLaren who have extensive experience and expertise in community projects. They will assist the group with the process and provide fresh eyes to the situation at hand. Nathan Edelson worked as Vancouver’s senior planner for 15 years. Read more about the facilitators.

“We are in a unique situation to have this opportunity and become actively involved in planning of Terrace as the property has been purchased by the City of Terrace in 2005,” say Saša Loggin, Skeena Diversity’s Project Director. “We all know that our community has been in recession for over a decade and we feel that it will take the efforts of all of us to move things forward,” Loggin continues. “We have so many talented smart people who may not even realize what they have to contribute. This is a good process to become involved.”
Both events take place at the Terrace Sportsplex Banquet Room.

You can contact Skeena Diversity Society at 250-635-6530 or email at info,,, to get more information, register for Saturday’s dialogue or share your ideas. Their downtown Centre located at 4617 Lazelle Ave. is open Mon-Fri - 11 am till 6 pm and Sat - 9 am till 4 pm.

This project is part of the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Workplaces Program, made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Awesome! Keep it coming!
Comment by Colleen Austin on 4th December 2010
I like the dialogue that's taking place here. Too bad you all missed this Community Dialogue today...quite amazing to be in a room with many different ideas, solutions and commitments. Keep the dialogue going because we're listening...this doesn't mean actioning yet...but listening. Please don't expect any miracles and at the same time have some faith that sometimes it takes a few tries to make anything happen. Terrace has been really successful with many efforts which had a solid vision and the passion of a group of people who didn't give up...the Library, Hockeyville, Farmer's name a few.
Comment by mb.weston on 3rd December 2010
I agree with M. Johnson: just get on with it. We are focus-grouped and meetinged to death on issues like this.

The Co-op building cannot be saved - it was in a shocking state when I used it as a rehearsal space back in early 2001.

I am happy our young artists got the chance to use the building as a canvas. Good on them! I only wish they had been better supported with proper scaffolding, tarps & safety measures, a warm tent & hot food, free paint and a solid visual plan to tie all the edges of the work together. .

I am dismayed that the mainstream person who wouldn't be able to judge real art from a velvet painting now are able to take pot-shots at them because it looks unfinished.

So ... we have pictures of the art for posterity. Now - rip the sucker down and be done with it.
Well said Helmut
Comment by James Ippel on 3rd December 2010
The other day I and my wife took the time to drive around the Co op. In the total mess we did find a few murals that were" somewhat" attractive.
The overall idea was probably very good, but in the end failed.
I remember working at the Co op, as many people of my age do, and it was an attractive icon in our community. We all remember that this institution came into being during the war years from a small entity, to a business that was operating with a budget of millions of dollars a year. After leaving the employment of the Co op, I became a Board Member, and served in several positions, including President of the Board. We were a success and an influence in the Community.
Sadly, the membership no longer decided to support the Co op, going to big box stores for their shopping needs, and instigating the downfall of the locally owned enterprise.
For the current local Council to survive the nextelection it would be in their best interests to rid of this millstone "NOW", or they will in all probabilty be sent packing.

Tongue in cheek.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 3rd December 2010
First they decided to deface a monument to the lack of business acumen of a previous Council; now we are talking about destroying a monument to the lack of good sense of the current Council.

It seems to me that on an earlier post I predicted that we would soon be talking about how to clean this up and the "art" would hasten that discussion and here we are.

The solution now is obvious and it might be wise to do it before the next round of municipal elections.
Comment by Steve Smyth on 3rd December 2010
while we're at it, fire the person(people) who initiated the buy in the first place, especially the one who didn't perform due dilligence regarding the asbestos and god knows what other enviromental "hazards".

Just who did the inspection on that property prior to the sale anyways? Is it public knowledge?
I Agree
Comment by Barry English on 3rd December 2010
I agree with M. Johnson. If the Co-op building is not salvagable, then talking it to death will only prolong the inevitable.

Take it down. Clean it up. Then sell the property to recover as much of those costs as we can. Then use this as a lesson to council to stay out of the real estate business in the future.
And in the meantime
Comment by Searle on 2nd December 2010
We must be very careful to save all that exquisite "art" that our elected Dough Heads have allowed to be splashed on the walls of the Co Op. I am certain that the Mayor and Council along with the "art experts" of the Terrace art society will want those pieces to be relocated to the walls of their personal homes. After all it would be a terrible thing to see all that creativity be destroyed. I look forward to hearing about the feelings of the Mayor and Council after they get to stare at that botched up mess for a year or two while they relax at home. After all, those of us who get visually assaulted on a daily basis as we travel to work should not be the only victims.