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Here are pictures of The Rosen Building at 863 Princess Street.
Below are its roadside sign and the directory inside.
Related: Rick Downes steps-up on Mayor Rosen's apparent conflict of interest about Anglin Bay.
Anglin Bay was supposed to be the LVEC's location between March 2004 and November 2005. That property is directly connected to the owner of the K-ROCK radio station.
Today The Whig finally reports on Rick Downes' 3-week old legal action: "Legal challenge calls for mayor's job" is the Whig's headline which is somewhat misleading.
Related: The Mayor, KROCK, John Wright, and Anglin Bay - a pecuniary interest? from February 11th 2008.
Jamie Swift has written an insightful piece titled The decline of the Kingston Whig-Standard, with the subheading "New Editor also serves on the Kingston Chamber of Commerce".
The Whig's publisher is Ron Laurin. And reporters have even been told by the publisher how to compose their stories. A case in point: On November 28, 2007 Laurin sent a memo to then-editor Christina Spencer instructing his underlings how to describe Kingston's controversial downtown arena, a pet project of the city's business elite.
"We need to discontinue our practice of referring to our City's new Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre as an arena," wrote Laurin.
This is an ad man's perspective. It's all about branding. Understandable, if you see a local paper simply as a promotional vehicle for pet projects of the booster boys. But troublesome if you're a journalist who values the integrity of your craft.
Looking ahead, Pin 7 "Police station" conveniently vacates public land next to the LVEC. How do you expect that to go?
Michael Davies, very evidently, has an edifice complex.
Now read this sharp retort from former Kingston mayor Isabel Turner.
Judge for yourself.
While we are on the subject, here's a backgrounder on Michael Davies relating to Harvey Rosen and the LVEC:
Michael Davies was front-and-centre in the list of the so-called "Friends of the Entertainment Centre" who wanted the LVEC built on Anglin Bay, thereby forcing the closure and/or relocation of a marina and MetalCraft Marine, Kingston's very successful, high-tech high-speed boat manufacturer that employs 70 skilled workers.
Michael Davies was among the prominent participants of the Imagine Kingston lunch, which was hastily convened in mid-May 2006 to manufacture the pretense of public support for in advance of a crucial LVEC-related council vote. Once the Council vote passed on May 30th 2006, nothing much was heard again from this particular group.
This exercise in political manipulation by Mr Davies and the Downtown Kingston power network was, in the end, scandalously hollow, and has left subsequent councils, and taxpayers, to pick-up the pieces. This aspect is shamefully misrepresented by Michael Davies in his most recent letter.
Related: We've lamented Kingston's edifice complex before.
Here's an interesting article by a concert promoter describing the exasperation involved in trying to book the K-Rock Centre (LVEC). It's apparently not just the LVEC, but other Kingston venues too.
He was trying to book Faber Drive, a 2008 Juno-award nominated band from Mission BC, one of Much Music's most-aired Canadian bands during the past couple of years. The band has recently performed in Cornwall and Brockville.
The fact that they are not answering requests should be very disturbing for the taxpayers of Kingston, considering every paid event at the K-Rock Centre is an important part of the arena's financing plan. Continuous rental of the facility for shows and sporting events means councilors won't have to dip into city reserves to pay the mortgage on the $46.5-million centre, or possibly even raise taxes. The City of Kingston better make some changes, and quickly, if this facility is going to be self-sustaining.
Updated: Check out the related comments online while you still can.