LETTER: Library or sports complex? Why not both for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality?
A new library and a proposed sports complex are both important and necessary for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (MRCB).
Why the choice become one or the other? Why not the two of them?
We need both. We can make a good argument for both. There is money available if our council is prepared to fight for it.
Here are some good points for each:
A library is free to join to become a card holder member. Offers free use of books, computers, movies, equipment and more. Provides free instructions for computers, the Internet and more. Hosts free literacy and ESL / EAL classes among others. Develops free programs for children, youth, adults and the elderly.
Everyone is welcome. Our library is a great resource for those without access to other forms of entertainment, learning and adventure.
You can even expand your universe and get some exercise by borrowing a nature backpack and GPS, or even snowshoes, all free with your library card.
Our library is open to everyone, regardless of age, income, experience, ability or gender identity. Our library is a resource of great importance, especially for those who do not have access to a computer or the Internet. Children who will never have access to sport can always thrive in the library. The world is waiting for them there.
A sports complex has many advantages for those interested in sports or who wish to encourage sports activities. It can provide opportunities to explore and identify athletic potential, support a healthy lifestyle, and develop skills. It can provide hours of fun for participants and supporters.
We have heard from residents of CBRM that there is a significant shortage of sports spaces and an abundance of needs.
Unfortunately, organized sports can be prohibitive. There are team and league membership fees. And then there are the costs of uniforms, specialized footwear, safety gear, and equipment required to play.
But playing sports is a great way to exercise if you qualify and can afford it.
CBRM needs both the new library and the new sports complex.
We have heard of the need for an improved and expanded library for years, through studies, surveys and opinions. The need has been widely recognized. Location seems like a problem, but why not build it in the cheapest location and in the most energy efficient way. After all, it’s the content that matters. And if you build it, people will come regardless of the location.
Participation or use of the sports complex may be unavailable to some, but that does not mean that a new sports complex should not be built in CBRM. It will always be well used and will add another advantage to living in the MRCB. We could host national and international tournaments.
Build it by all means, but not at the expense of everyone who needs and deserves a new, enlarged and well-equipped library. It is not and should not be a decision of one or the other.
The mayor and council can make this happen. There is the need, the funding and they have the authority. This is their opportunity to lead.