00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 The fate of one of Hamilton’s longest standing landmarks is up in the air tonight. The new owners of the James Street Baptist Church are pushing to have it partially demolished as soon as possible for safety reasons. The proposal is now being debated by a city heritage committee.The Toronto developer that bought the property in February says it is structurally unsound and there’s no chance it can be salvaged.He brought forward a 129-page report to the city’s heritage permit review committee last night, requesting that it be partially torn down before winter.But this is a designated heritage building and a cherished Hamilton landmark, so this proposal is already facing some strong opposition.The church was built between 1878 and 1882.One of the architects in Hamilton working on this demolition proposal, Drew Hauser, says he found major problems in the main part of the building caused by poor construction and maintenance.it’s developer, Toronto-based Stanton Renaissance, says the church needs$2 million in repairs.The issue of how to handle crumbling heritage sites in Hamilton actually came up at a city council meeting last night.City councillor Brian McHattie took the same tone as heritage groups in the city who say more needs to be done to protect historically significant properties.“What we’ve been doing on this is to respond at the last minute, as a threat is looming, which is not a great way to do planning.”If the church’s partial demolition is eventually approved, it would mean everything would come down, except the front towers and the front wall.The heritage sub-committee only got a copy of this report at the start of last night’s meeting but they did vote to table it and review the issue again on October 9th after they do a site visit.
“Democracy might have its flaws, but it is by far the best system that enables key values of the United Nations, necessary for sustained inclusive development,” Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia told the General Assembly annual general debate.The Namibian leader outlined emerging and existing challenges, which continue to hamper efforts towards socio-economic progress and underscored his country’s full commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the global development framework, adopted by UN Member States in 2015.“As a matter of fact, Namibia has integrated all 17 [Sustainable Development] Goals and their targets in our National Development Plans,” he announced, noting also, the parallels between the 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’.The President also highlighted the importance of the UN Technology Bank, established this past June, for its support to countries like Namibia which are at the forefront of seasonal natural disasters such as droughts and floods.President Geingob also noted the importance of empowering young people and for utilizing their potential for the good of the global community. In that context, he also said technological advances present humanity with many opportunities and the youth are best placed to bring them to reality.“The onus is on us to understand how these technologies can create opportunities for our youth to become drivers of economic growth and industrial development,” he said, noting also the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment.“The late Secretary General Kofi Annan was right when he said, ‘Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance’,” said the Namibian leader.“The world should do more to make gender equality a reality.”