Elmaks left a clue in the comments about the location of yet another swap box: Where does the Invisible Man pay his late fees? Robin beat me to the Invisible Cinema, and swapped a finger puppet for a button. By the time I got there on Sunday morning, his finger puppet was gone, and there was a decorated egg and a pen and another button. I had nothing to swap, so I just took pictures.
Speaking of Mayor Larry and his Preposterously Expensive Tax Freeze, a friend of mine who lives in Osgoode says the Osgoodians are none too pleased that their library is on the chopping block. Apparently they raised the money to build the library themselves, back before Osgoode was forced to amalgamate with the City of Ottawa. With the almagamation, the City took over their library, and is now threatening to axe it.
So what are we willing to sacrifice to help Mayor Larry get to zero? Because it’s not going to be done without us giving up a lot of the things we pay for collectively: libraries, snow removal, sidewalk maintenance, affordable housing, recreation, the Dalhousie Community Centre, arts, culture, keeping the city clean, transit, youth outreach, etc. etc. etc. And all we’re getting in return is more cops – even though the crime rate has been declining – and a tax freeze.
This is from an email Councillor Diane Holmes sent out today:
Public Meeting – Budget 2008 Public Consultation for the downtown wards:
Monday, November 26th, 2007
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Lansdowne Park – Assembly Hall
December 3-7, 2007 – City Council hears delegations from the public. To book a time for your presentation please call Dawn Whelan, Council Co-ordinator at 613-580-2424 ext. 21837.
December 10-14, 2007 – City Council deliberates and approves the 2008 Budget.
Send in your comments – If you are unable to attend any of the above, you can provide your comments in writing to email@example.com or use the feedback form on the City’s website.
I swung by Mayor Larry’s Swap Box again today. I had a bottle of perfume to swap. I opened up the swap box and there was a lovely alligator clip photo holder! And the clip was holding a little Cupid! Here it is on my shelf, with the only photo that was handy – she’s one of the strangest women I’ve ever encountered on the streets of Ottawa. She’s just in there temporarily. I’ll probably replace her with a picture of my son.
Meanwhile, the Nostalgia Swap Box on Elgin Street, right outside Sugar Mountain, has vanished. I can’t help but wonder how Elmaks feels when they disappear. Megabytes sounded disappointed when someone broke the door off her swap box on Rochester Street. I was disappointed too. But maybe Elmaks is more philosophical about it. He keeps putting them up, even though they keep disappearing. (I wonder what the record is for a swap box not disappearing?)