Did Civic Decision Come From On High?



All the clues are in place to suggest that the decision on The Ottawa Hospital, Civic campus being located at Tunney’s Pasture came from on-high … really on high.

Say the Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s office with input from local Liberal MPs and MPPs. In addition, remember the Experimental Farm decision came from the Conservatives. That would make it wrong in the realm of the Liberals.

Votes are riding on this decision. That’s why it was rushed. Controversy is best ended as quickly as possible from a pol’s point of view.

Now look at the voting. Local members of the board abstained or voted against the decision. That sounds as though they didn’t like it or were too rushed to make an informed decision because the paperwork was late … perhaps deliberately.

Furthermore the decision is clumsy, as though the decision-makers really weren’t familiar with the local details such as Highway 417 access and the locals understood those issues better than their betters and didn’t like the outcome. The awkward deal sounds like the move of a political novice. No end of those in the Trudeau government. The Heritage minister is fresh as a daisy.



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5 thoughts on “Did Civic Decision Come From On High?

  1. Ontario’s new Attorney General, Ottawa MPP Yasir Naqvi, met with the Ottawa Sun’s editorial board in late September, and the hospital issue was part of that interview.

    Naqvi said his preference is that the hospital remains centrally located: “I think as you are looking into building a 21st-century hospital …. it should be centrally located. It should utilize the public transit infrastructure that is being built.”

    Both the federal and provincial governments are writing cheques for billions to help pay for the LRT system for the City of Ottawa (as well as an estimated $2-billion for hospital construction). How do you think those governments would feel about choosing a site for a new hospital that is not on the LRT line?

    1. I understand the motivation of locating it on the LRT line.

      That makes sense and the coordination of services is completely logical but I wonder how much weight is being put on that one factor in this decision? If having it be on the LRT line was the only factor in this decision then yes, it’s a piece of cake and keep it at Tunney’s. The problem is, you can’t just make it all about LRT and throw all the other considerations out the window. LRT does not, and should not, trump all.

      Unfortunately, this whole thing has become politically charged now. I don’t know if the Liberals had their thumbs on the scale, but they seem to be out to reverse every decision that the Harper government did.

      I wonder how the governments will feel about the $200 million that’s being spent on Heart Institute renovations for a site they’re only going to occupy for another 10 years or so now that they’ve said they’re moving with the Civic?

      1. Nicholas,

        The topic of the heart institute renovations goes to the issue about what should be done with this building once the Civic Hospital is relocated to a new site. For example, can it be turned into a long-term care facility?

  2. It is abundantly clear that the persons who voted on this did not have enough time to study the proposals and do not know this city. Also input was not allowed any medically informed persons, such as hospital personnel.

    Stating this is on the LRT line is not truly accurate. The line, if and when completed, will be on the East side of the land, the hospital on the west side. People to not take transit when they need to go to emergency, they do not all take ambulances, they take cars, often driven by a friend or family member. Those in cars will not have the advantage of turning on a siren and/or flashing lights to navigate traffic, traffic which is already horrendous in the region.

    I am very suspect that there was interference from higher up in this complete scenario and the decision remains wrong.

    By the way, this hospital is projected to be completed in 10 to 20 years. The renovations at the heart institute are slated to be completed in 2020. Not much time to make use of all the very expensive renovations.

    Anne Marie


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