Volume 93, Issue 6

Friday, June 18, 1999


Four more years... of Tory stooges

Harris' victory signals death of the arts

Harris' victory signals death of the arts

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate and mourn the passing of an integral part of our society.

For thousands upon thousands of years, the arts community gave us joy, sophistication and beauty in a sometimes cold world. That is, until a week ago. Now, thanks to the powers that be, the world, or at least the province, grows frigid.

You see my friends, the honourable Premier Mike Harris has taken it upon himself to take a vibrant part of life away from us. The golf pro extraordinaire feels arts education is no longer necessary and therefore does not deserve the luxury of proper government funding.

With the world moving closer and closer toward a new century, our fateful leader has decided we must embrace the worlds of math and science, as the true focus of a reasonable and meaningful life in the age of technology. As a result, the arts have become expendable.

No more will Ontario's schools and universities be breeding grounds for future authors, artists, musicians, playwrights, philosophers, fashion designers, movie-makers and intellectual thinkers. Instead, those who wish to pursue such frivolous goals shall be herded towards the "core" pursuits such as chemistry, algebra, biology and calculus.

Logic, straight-forward thinking and black and white reasoning – the only things we will need to survive in a Mike Harris-Ontario. The premier, obviously mistaking the arts for a school or hospital, has closed down this basic building block of life.

The arts give us the ability to explore our world and ourselves, imagine whole new states of being outside our own, create abstract ideas and most importantly, express ourselves. But now, creative thought is dead.

The education system will never be the same, but for at least four years there is nothing we can do but sit and hope this death notice is premature. We can only pray in time the arts will be resurrected. For now, the future looks grim.

Let's hope mathematicians and scientists will be happy with the increased emphasis on their areas of study. If they're lucky, they'll be kept busy with the shift in focus because we all know they'll have no science fiction novels to read or arts exhibits to see in their spare time.

Goodbye sweet arts, we'll miss you. But hopefully you've moved on to a better place.

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