Lansdowne 2.0: Why is a Sports Stadium a Higher Priority than Housing, Homelessness or Transit in Ottawa?
November 3, 2023
I was pretty disappointed with Marty Carr attacking community volunteers for participating in their local democracy at the Lansdowne 2.0 meeting I attended. Here’s the letter I wrote to her in response.
Since Marty disappeared from X yesterday, if you feel the same way, please write directly to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the City meeting yesterday, you personally attacked me and another delegate, for encouraging citizens to participate in the democratic process. I'm deeply disappointed with you. I worry about the chilling effect your actions will have on others, and how you are weakening the already low trust that citizens have in City Hall.
I believe you owe an apology to all residents of Ottawa, and should explicitly state that you encourage the full participation by citizens in local issues.
I would also urge to reconsider your decision to support Lansdowne 2.0. You are about to vote to give $16,4 million annually of taxpayer money for the next forty years to demolish and rebuild and stadium that your consultants say has another four decades of life lift in it.
By voting for Lansdowne 2.0, you are choosing to prioritize the interests of a business elite above the urgent needs of your own community. For example, the $16.4 million a year could be housing, so that the city does not need to repurpose the Heron Road Community Centre into an emergency shelter.
Do you understand that every dollar you vote to put into Lansdowne is a dollar that you are not putting into housing, homelessness and transit, and that this is causing loss of community services?
Please do better for the people of Ottawa, and of Alta Vista.