I received an interesting pamphlet in the mail last week.
By now, you’ve probably heard about the small minority of downtown London residents who oppose amplified music on patios, led by AnnaMaria Valastro, who are appealing the London City Council decisions on amplified patio music to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Valastro gained notoriety by claiming Rock the Park, which takes place in London’s Harris Park, is an “open, festering sore” in the city.
Now, AnnaMaria Valastro and her group Residents Against Noise, consisting of the Downtown London Noise Committee and the North Talbot Community Association, are renewing their request for funding by distributing flyers asking their neighbours to contribute to their cause.
I, for one, will not be donating to this cause. I sincerely believe that allowing amplified music on downtown patios will be beneficial to the City of London. As a resident of the neighbourhood in question, Residents Against Noise, the Downtown London Noise Committee & the North London Talbot Assocition, certainly don’t speak for me, or many of my neighbours.
As of this publication, it would seem many of my neighbours agree. The GoFundMe page listed on the pamphlet has currently only raised $2,015 of their $30,000 goal. Additionally, many of the “donations” are small gifts of $1 or $5, where those donating make fun of the language used by John Street resident AnnaMaria Valastro. Some “people” who have donated include “Open Festering Sore”, “Suck It Up or Move” and finally, Michael James, who wrote “I am giving you this five dollars so you will be advised that you need to move to another city, or country that dictates to its citizens, and makes life just as miserable as yours. Goodbye and good riddance to bad rubbish”.
What do you think of this pamphlet, or this controversy? Let us know in the comments below.