“And with all due respect, health care is more important than preserving that part of the farm – which I know and love and ride my bike through, but there you go.”
Dr. Chris Carruthers, former chief of staff at the Ottawa Hospital
In the field of medicine, one should defer to Dr. Carruthers. In locating a hospital, he is certain to know of what he speaks.
The Civic might be the most important institution in this city. This does not give Dr. Carruthers and other medical people carte blanche on locating a hospital, though their expertise is considerable in this field.
The Experimental Farm is a wonderful institution as well and will continue to exist if the Civic gets a parcel of its land. A good argument can be made that the farm should be moved outside the urban area of the city. But that is not the point here.
The Civic saves lives. It helps make people’s health better. So if I have a choice between the Farm and the Civic, grudgingly the Civic wins every time.
The current location and that of the lands across Carling Avenue from it are very good. It serves much of downtown. Good emergency service is enhanced by Highway 417 nearby. That said, it is hurt by light rail not being built down Carling (many sick and elderly people can’t handle trips from bus to bus). Still the Ottawa Heart Institute is nearby.
My priorities aren’t the same as others, but your agent would like to hear The Bulldog readership’s opinions on this one. It’s very important.
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