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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Hope for our heritage
It was with measured relief that I read of the Government’s expressed intention of committing more than $40 million to the restoration of Mille Fleurs, one of the Magnificent Seven buildings. I was particularly pleased to hear of a proposed immediate expenditure of $700,000 to arrest the steady decline of that grand old house.
Now, little more than a lodging for birds, this old house has buckled with neglect, the unkempt front lawn is strewn with leaves; like the thousands of unopened letters written with heartfelt pleas for swift state intervention.
I will, however, keep the champagne corked until I see the first wave of workers released upon the building. Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration Clifton De Coteau had previously given a loose commitment to restore the Magnificent Seven, as well as 300 other historic homes. This is certainly a bold promise, typically the variety that is broken with impunity, so we will have to wait and see.
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