This morning I glanced at the headline on page two of the Guardian and was immediately please to see that Belcourt Centre and been reprieved. I was pleased for the many people who had fought long and hard to save this historic building. It is located in a very interesting and historic part of Cymbria PEI. Cymbria is the site where the first island automobile plied the roads. It is also the place where the first automobile accident took place. Cymbria is the home of the Farmers Bank, the first Acadian homestead and the beautiful Saint Augustine Church. However as I began to read the article I realized this was anything but a reprieve. At least it certainly didn’t appear to be as I read on. The Diocese of Charlottetown were very cleverly forcing their demands. They reminded me of the recent Irving tactics when demanding deep water wells. If we don’t get what we want we will go elsewhere with our money and jobs. The Diocese of Charlottetown are saying we will build elsewhere and your community will be left with no funding and an old building needing expensive renovations. I’m not involved in the saving of Belcourt Centre and do not have all the information or details of the expected costs to renovate. Nevertheless, I have to feel the Diocese has reverted to bulling tactics in order to get their own way. Indeed one could even call it blackmail. This is a very unfortunate turn of events and made more so because it is a Prominent Christian Organization forcing the issue. I feel deeply saddened for this friendly,vibrant and close knit community and I sincerely hope the powers that be will see sense and reverse this unfortunate decision.
God Bless and Keep reading PS – I hesitated to add another Cymbria first. It was the home of the first all girl soccer team!!!