Brock statue due date just happens to coincide with CUPE deadline.
By Sandor Ligetfalvy
On Tuesday, Paul Dermody (currently VP Student Services of BUSU) created a Facebook event which announced that “The General is coming” … “this March” with a date set at March 16.
The General is coming and it’s time to rally the troops. The long awaited statue will be rolling onto campus this March and we want to give it a warm #Badger welcome.
On a soon to be released date and time, you will need to grab your red gear and noise makers and head to Isaac’s Pub. There we will be handing out shirts, face paint and signs. Bag pipers will lead us out to University Road East where we will cheer and march alongside the General as it is carried to its resting place in front of the Arthur Schmon Tower.
Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided.
Join this event to await your badger calling. This is a moment in history you won’t want to miss!
The event’s original name was “24 Hour Statue Party” but has subsequently been changed to “Major-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock’s Statue Party.” Dermody responded my question about whose event it is: “It is a collaborative event between Alumni, BUSU, and various other departments on campus. I just created the group.”
“The General” may be set in bronze, but the date — March 16 — is not yet set in stone, although it is now confirmed as the goal. Rallies will be held in honour of a large $1M lump of forged bronze. Meanwhile, the following day — March 17 — is notably the CUPE4207 Unit 3’s strike deadline. It is also St. Patrick’s day.
CUPE4207 said Feb 28 on its website, “the Union requested a strike deadline of March 21st at 12:01am. However, the employer insisted on a date of March 17th at 12:01am. The reasons for this were not made clear.”
Curious about when and by whom the date of the statue “rally” was selected, I contacted Brock University communications and marketing representative Kevin Cavanagh, who shared the following information with me:
Just checked with Alumni Relations — they’re the department handling the sculpture project from Brock’s end.
Brock certainly hopes to see the sculpture arrive on or around March 16, but the fact is it’s impossible to be sure of the time or date at this point. It depends on things beyond everyone’s control, not least of which are the weather and road conditions for the sculpture’s upcoming road journey across the continent.
I followed-up by asking some further questions on how and why March 16 was selected as the date, then speculated, “perhaps they were hoping to extend the festivities of St. Patrick’s day on March 17″, asking, “Is that week the actual target date — is it already known that the statue is meant to be in motion in March? ” Cavanagh replied:
It has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. The statue’s arrival is factored on when the artist declares the piece completed and ready to leave. Brock has just been updated on that situation, and hence the March 16 prediction.
We are about to put that up on the website. We’ve had a busy afternoon getting more pressing news out about classes being cancelled tonight because of the bad weather.
But the sculpture is definitely expected to make its trip in March.
All things being equal (i.e., no Rocky Mountain blizzards, no trucks breaking down on the highway, etc) it is predicted to reach here around March 16, give or take a day or two.
Once it leaves the foundry, organizers will track its progress and increasingly have a clearer sense of when to expect the arrival here in Niagara.
Once it is on the road, we intend to post daily updates on the Brock University home page.
Cavanaugh suggested Brock’s statue announcement was going to go out Tuesday but weather announcements got in the way. That was on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday did not have announcements. Now, on Friday morning, no news or announcements yet from Brock University — still only the Facebook event from Dermody, with a loose date to “await your badger calling”.
Interestingly, if “The General” arrives after March 17 there is the potential that he — and “the troops” rallied in Dermody’s “collaborative event” — would have to cross a CUPE picket line.
As of Friday afternoon, the date of
#BrockStatue arrival has been officially announced, with new details > http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=32751
Update 2: Today, BUSU launches website focused on Collective Bargaining Updates. In his letter announcing the site, BUSU president Roland Erman says “this site will help assure and assuage the concerns students have in the event there is a disruption to normal campus life.”