It’s been an eventful couple of weeks in the community-led effort to #SaveStGiles.
St. Giles is Broadview.org’s top story this Sunday. And a hearfelt thank you to everyone who signed the petition to keep St. Giles standing for future generations of Canadians: the petition now has over 2,100 signatures!
In the latest media updates about the historic St. Giles Church:
- St. Giles on Broadview.org, the digital platform of Broadview Magazine
- The Hamilton Spectator and Global News cover last week’s decision by Hamilton City Council to send the matter back to the Planning Committee
- Our letter to the editor in the weekend Spec
How you can help #SaveStGiles
- You can sign the petition to #SaveStGiles here
- Write to your councillor and let them know you support adaptive re-use of St. Giles Church, and want to save the 1912 building from demolition
I spoke with Broadview’s Emma Prestwich for her story about the former St. Giles United Church in east-central Hamilton.
Online: “Inside the tug of war over St. Giles” (Apr. 23, 2021)
The current issue of Broadview Magazine includes an interview with Jordana Wright, the founder of Activate Space, a social enterprise that helps churches keep their buildings by formalizing and expanding their role as community hubs (Julie McGonegal, April/May 2021 issue).
“The first key service of Activate Space is to help churches partner with local changemakers, and transform their relationships with community groups that already casually use their space into more meaningful holistic partnerships. The second service is to secure alternative financing opportunities through partnerships with municipalities or local anchor institutions.”
You can read Broadview’s story about UPRC online here (Noelle Boughton, December 2020 issue). Update: UPRC is now Kindred Works.
The Hamilton Spectator & global news
Thanks to the Spec’s Matthew Van Dongen and Global News’ Ken Mann for their stories about Council’s decision on St. Giles — Stewart & Witton’s only church. (Spec | Global)
Members of the Friends of St. Giles met virtually with Ward 3 councillor Nrinder Nann the Monday before the April 14th council meeting. During our meeting with Coun. Nann, we emphasized our support for affordable housing in Ward 3, our continued support of adaptive re-use as the greenest & most community-oriented solution, and the need to formalize protection of St. Giles as a much-needed gesture of good faith from the owner. (Read Teviah Moro’s earlier story.) Van Dongen’s story appeared in the Spec‘s Local section on Thursday, April 15th, 2021.
Spectator print edition: “No designation for endangered St. Giles — yet” (Apr. 15, 2021, A4) | online: “New proposals, but no heritage designation for endangered St. Giles Church — yet” (Apr. 14, 2021) | Global News: “Future of former Hamilton church property pits heritage against housing crisis” (Apr. 14, 2021)
Hamilton City council Meeting (April 14, 2021)
You can watch councillors debate protecting St. Giles in the video of Wednesday’s meeting of Hamilton City Council on YouTube.
The Hamilton Spectator, Part 2
Read the Friends of St. Giles’ letter to the editor in this weekend’s edition of the Hamilton Spectator.
Readers Write: “We need adaptive reuse of St. Giles” (Apr. 24, 2021, A18)
Publication Notes & Links
Broadview Magazine (est. 1829) is the oldest continuously published magazine in North America, and is published by Observer Publications, an independent non-profit affiliated with the United Church of Canada. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Global News (est. 1994) is a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Photo: Broadview.org / Google Maps