Bulldog contributor Suzanne Mooney is disappointed with the new Civic campus hospital:
There are two points about which I wonder;
1. Why is the federal government giving national land, under any circumstances, to only one of Ottawa’s hospitals?
2. There was a fantastic opportunity to do, not only the right thing but something demonstrating leadership and brilliance; build a hospital for the 21st century, incorporating all types services available in the national capital, at LeBreton Flats. Link it with the University of Ottawa Medical School; make it multilingual, engage all the centres of excellence; the heart institute, the cancer institute; palliative care; distance medicine … all the wonderful tools of the future.
Take up the offer of architect Moshe Safdie, who volunteered his services to his McGill alma mater to design a hospital for the future. The look would have echoed the National Gallery and the Parliament Hill complex; the effect would be future and lasting.
But no, the short-sightedness and political self-interest of local pols drag us down once more into mediocrity.
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