Frequent contributor The Voter disagrees with The Bulldog’s position on relocating The Ottawa Hospital and the future of the Central Experimental Farm:
You couldn’t be more wrong. The farm acts as lungs for the city among other things.
It’s not a direct comparison but would you pave over Central Park in New York, High Park in Toronto, Mount Royal in Montreal or Hyde Park in London?
Aside from the scientific research being carried out at the Farm, that huge expanse of open space helps keep us all healthy.
How about suggesting to those people driving through the Greenbelt to their single family homes and country estate lots that if they hadn’t selfishly gobbled up all that land, we wouldn’t need to be pushing the city’s built-up areas ever farther into the surrounding farmland?
Like many other Ottawans, I’ve been both an inpatient and outpatient at the Civic over the years and they give good care. That doesn’t mean they should be handed the Experimental Farm to desecrate.
While we’re at it why don’t we put up a couple of condo towers on the front lawn of the Parliament Buildings? That space has been empty for ages and could be put to better use.
Better still, why not turn Lansdowne Park into a shopping mall? Oh yeah, we already did that.
Pave paradise and put up a parking lot …
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