Transcript: Big Ideas for Big Box Stores | Nov 02, 2017

Jeyan stands in the set of "The Agenda."

Jeyan is in his thirties, with short curly brown hair and a stubble. He wears a blue suit, a white shirt, a maroon slim tie and a red pin.

Jeyan says WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BIG
BOX STORES CLOSE UP SHOP?
ONE THING, IS THAT LANDLORDS
HAVE TROUBLE FILLING THE SPACE.
IN THE CITY OF HAMILTON, I WENT
TO SEE HOW THEY'RE LOOKING TO
LOCALS TO FILL THE GAP.
(Music)

A caption reads "Ontario Hubs."

A clip shows many roller skaters on a rink.

A caption reads "Hammer City Roller Derby. Hamilton, Ontario."

The caption changes to "Maggie Middleton. Hammer City Roller Derby."

Maggie is in her twenties, with chin length wavy brown hair in a side part. He wears a white tip and a delicate necklace.

Maggie says I'VE SEEN WHAT THIS PLACE HAS
TURNED INTO AND WHAT THIS PLACE
HAS TURNED INTO, EVEN IN THE
SMALL TIME THEY'VE BEEN WORKING
ON THE RIGHT ON TARGET
INITIATIVE IS A TRUE COMMUNITY
SPACE.
WE BROUGHT A TEAM FROM OUTSIDE
OF OUR TOWN, BROUGHT COMMUNITY
MEMBERS, OUR FANS TO SEE THIS,
IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NIGHT
MARKET AND THE ART WORKS THAT
ARE GOING ON HERE TONIGHT.

An announcer says THIS BUILDING WAS
FORMERLY A TARGET BUT WAS EMPTY
FOR TWO YEARS AFTER THE AMERICAN
CHAIN CLOSED SHOP.
NOW A GROUP WITH BIG IDEAS HAS
BIG PLANS FOR THE VACANT
PROPERTY.

The caption changes to "Lyna Saad. Scadding Court Community Centre."

Lyna is in her late twenties, with long curly brown hair and wears a black top.

Lyna says RIGHT ON TARGET IS AN
EXPERIMENT IN HOW TO USE VARIOUS
SPACES, SPECIFICALLY BIG BOX
STORES.
TONIGHT'S EVENT, A NIGHT TO
REMEMBER, HAS A BUNCH OF
ACTIVITIES THAT THE COMMUNITY
AND VARIOUS HAMILTON PARTNERS
HAVE PROPOSED TO US TO USE THE
SPACE.
RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HAMMER CITY
ROLLER DERBY IS HOSTING A ROLLER
DERBY BOUT, STEEL CITY STUDIOS
IS RUNNING AND HOSTING A MARKET,
SMITH AND PATEL IS RUNNING A
LIVE ART SHOWCASE.

An anchor says THE RETAIL CHAIN ANNOUNCED IT
WILL DISCONTINUE ALL
OPERATIONS...

The announcer says TARGET SHUT DOWN
ALL OF ITS 133 CANADIAN STORES
IN 2015, LEAVING COMPANIES LIKE
TRIOVEST SEARCHING FOR WAYS TO
BRING THE 50,000 SQUARE FOOT
SPACE TO LIFE.

Lyna says WE WANT TO SEE IF ROLLER
DERBY COULD START PRACTISING
HERE REGULARLY.

The announcer says NINA FROM THE
COMMUNITY CENTRE IS LEADING THE
CHARGE.

Lyna says THE SIZE IS AN ISSUE FOR
RENTING IT OUT TO RETAILERS.
BUT THE THING IS THE SIZE FOR US
IS A HUGE BENEFIT.
WE WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO MAKE
SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN, AND
A LOT OF THE DIFFERENT GROUPS
YOU SEE HERE, THEY HAVE NO HOME,
AND THAT'S KIND OF HOW THEY'VE
FOUND US.
AT FIRST, WE HAD AN ASSUMPTION.
WE WERE THINKING, THERE'S GOING
TO BE ARTISTS WHO ARE GOING TO
WANT TO USE THE SPACE.
BUT THE IDEAS THAT HAVE COME
FORWARD HAVE BEEN UNBELIEVABLE,
BEYOND OUR IMAGINATION, AND I
THINK IT'S JUST AN EXAMPLE OF
WHAT... IF WE LOOSEN THE RULES
AROUND ZONING, FOR EXAMPLE, IF
WE LOOSEN THE RULES AROUND WHAT
COULD OCCUPY A BIG BOX STORE, WE
COULD ACTUALLY COME UP WITH
SOMETHING A LOT MORE CREATIVE
AND USEFUL TO THE COMMUNITY.
LIKE, PEOPLE HERE TODAY ARE
MAKING MONEY, AND WE WANT THAT.
BUT COMMUNITY IS ALSO BEING
BUILT.

Maggie says WE JUST LOST OUR SPACE HERE
WITHIN THE CITY OF HAMILTON.
USUALLY WE ARE IN ARENAS IN THE
CITY OF HAMILTON, BUT THEN WHEN
THE ICE GOES IN, WE LOSE OUR
SPACE.
SO WE END UP HAVING TO GO TO A
SMALL TOWN OUTSIDE OF HAMILTON
THAT HAS AN ARENA THAT DOESN'T
ICE THE FLOOR.
SO HAVING A SPACE LIKE THIS IS
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO US.
THIS MEANS THAT PEOPLE DON'T
HAVE TO GO OUT OF THE CITY TO
PLAY THE SPORT THAT WE LOVE.
WE WON'T SEE OUR LEAGUE LOSING
THE PEOPLE THAT WE OFTEN LOSE
BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO DRIVE
HALF AN HOUR OUTSIDE THE CITY
WHEN IT'S COLD, WHEN IT'S SNOWY,
TO AN UNHEATED ARENA TO BE THERE
FOR THREE HOURS AND THEN DRIVE
HOME IN THOSE CONDITIONS.
THAT THIS HOPEFULLY HELP OUR
MEMBERSHIP AS WELL AS HELP OUR
PRESENCE WITHIN THE CITY.

The announcer says says THE SPACE HAS
ALSO BEEN A HIT WITH LOCAL
ARTISTS.

The caption changes to "Trisha Smith. Artist."

Trisha is in her late twenties, with shoulder length slightly wavy light brown hair and she wears a black and white polka dotted shirt.

Trisha says WE NEED SPACE TO DO BIG ART.
AND THERE ARE NO SPACES THAT ARE
BIG ENOUGH.
LIKE, IT'S HARD TO GET THINGS
THROUGH A REGULAR DOOR EVEN.
SO HAVING CEILINGS THAT ARE THIS
HIGH AND THE SCALE OF THE MARK
THAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS VERY
AMAZING.

The announcer says THE RIGHT ON
TARGET PROJECT HOSTED FIVE
POP-UPS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.
EACH ONE FEATURING VARIOUS
EVENTS WITH A GOAL OF DRIVING
LOCALS BACK TO THE BUILDING.

The caption changes to "Randy McGraph. Resident."

Randy is in her thirties, with short straight brown hair with a blond streak and she wears glasses, a pale gray sweatshirt and a black cross body bag.

Randy says IT'S KIND OF SAD.
IT'S EMPTY AND NO ONE COMES OVER
HERE, EVEN WHEN WE WERE COMING
TO THE PARKING LOT.
ME AND MY HUSBAND WERE
DISCUSSING, LOOK HOW FULL IT IS,
LOOK HOW FULL THE PARKING LOT
IS.

The caption changes to "Adam Mohammed. Resident."

Adam is in his thirties, with short wavy brown hair and a beard and wears glasses, a gray T-shirt and a red hoodie.

Andy says IT'S A BIG, EMPTY SPACE.
YEAH, NOTHING HAPPENING TO IT.
IT SEEMED LIKE A LOT OF
POTENTIAL SPACE FOR A LOT OF...
YOU KNOW, FOR ANYTHING, REALLY.

Lyna says I THINK THE TARGET IS TO
CREATE SOMETHING THAT WILL BE
PERMANENT IN THIS SPACE OR IN
SOME OF THE EMPTY SPACES IN THE
CENTRE.
WE DEFINITELY HAVE ENOUGH TO
MOVE FORWARD AND MAKE SOMETHING
PERMANENT.

Maggie says I'VE ALREADY SEEN SO MUCH
POTENTIAL IN THIS SPACE THAT YOU
DON'T EVEN NEED TO IMAGINE IT.
YOU JUST HAVE TO COME TO ONE OF
THE EVENTS AND YOU SEE HOW THIS
DERELICT BUILDING HAS BECOME A
VIBRANT COMMUNITY CENTRE
LITERALLY OVERNIGHT.
IF YOU CAME HERE YESTERDAY
MORNING, IT WAS EMPTY, IT WAS
DUSTY, THERE WAS A BUNCH OF
PEOPLE JUST HANGING AROUND.
NOW IF YOU LOOK OVER THERE, IT'S
A COMMUNITY.

The end credits roll.

Ontario Hubs Field Producer, Jeyan Jeganathan. @JeyanTVO.

Editor, David Erwin.

Logo: Ontario Hubs.

A caption reads "Ontario Hubs are made possible by The Barry and Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust and Goldie Feldman."

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