New banners are up – the old ones didn’t seem to help Taste of Japan, the latest business to want to get the heck out of BC to escape the BIA bungling and Rick’s renaming/tax levy.
I’m a big banner fan, as they can add a lot to a neighbourhood if they’re done right, as they are in many places in Ottawa and in other cities.
“Made here vs. made elsewhere” (shop locally)
But our Bells Corners BIA banners were so lame, sort of cheap Giant Tiger knockoffs, promoting the BIA itself instead of the community. All that was missing was Rick’s smug face to make the farce complete.
I haven’t seen the latest banners, but several informants tell me that they’re now up in all of their glory. I’ll reserve judgment until I see them. Maybe they’re better than the old ones – I know Alex was stung by the widespread criticism of the two previous banners, so maybe he’s learned his lesson? I’ve heard that the silly BIA logo has at least been downsized and is way down at the bottom.
Tony reports that there are three colours: orange, blue and green, with SHOP/DINE/PLAY, one per colour (the blue ones say “PLAY”).
I have some questions for Alex. I know he reads this blog every day, so maybe he’ll give us some answers pronto.
1) How much do they cost? Just give me a hint – more or less than your $50,000-a-year-salary? What percentage of the BIA’s $250,000-a-year (?) budget? More or less than the cost of running the BIA’s lavishly-furnished vanity office?
How much is the taxpayer on the hook for? I’m not talking about the heavy cost to the City of setting up and subsidizing the BIA itself, I’m talking about direct costs related to the installation of the banners – City trucks and workers, etc.
I know that you won’t share the financial details with me, but do the businesses themselves know how much they’re paying for your wacky ideas? Was it disclosed at the last secret BIA meeting? Or do only the inner circle of hardcore RC supporters get to know the details? It’s Rick’s Iron Law of Politics – don’t tell anyone anything unless there’s some political advantage to doing so.
2) Is it true that you gave the lucrative contract designing the BIA logo and banners to a personal friend who lives in Kanata, thereby doublecrossing a Bells Corners artist?
3) Is it cost-effective to change the banners so often? Wouldn’t one GOOD banner be better than four cheap ones?
4) What happens to the old faded and torn cheap banners? Straight to the landfill or does Jay decorate his apartment with them? Does Rick use them as sheets or beach towels?
5) Is there any evidence that one extra consumer dollar has been spent in our Bells Corners drive-thru heaven because of the banners? Or are you, as usual, flying by the seat of your pants? If there is any positive impact, does it just benefit the big box stores, or do Bells Corners Ma and Pa small businesses benefit too?
6) Since the banners are mostly limited to commercial areas on Lloyd Francis Blvd. and Moodie, why is there one in front of the councillor’s house on a residential street? Favouritism! I want one in front of my house too.
7) Is it true that the presence of the banners distracts motorists? I’ve heard that have been three accidents on the strip so far attributable to the banners – two motorists and one jaywalker who stopped mid-crossing to gawk.
8) Is it true that the visual clutter of the banners is a problem for first responders? We know how easily paramedics, police, firemen and ambulance drivers are confused when it comes to locating a place in Bells Corners.