Protect Public Use of Lansdowne Park

In a staff report coming to the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) on November 5th, 2019, the city is seeking to direct staff to strike a deal with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) to transfer operations, programming and city control of half of the site over to OSEG (a deal that will be brought back to council for a vote). This would mean Aberdeen Pavilion, Aberdeen Square, the Horticulture Building, the Great Lawn and other areas of Lansdowne would be transferred in a commercialization of the remaining public space at Lansdowne. No business plan has been presented for such a move. No vendors who rent the space have been informed and zero public consultation has taken place. 

*Edited*: This intro text was updated to reflect a change in the language of the staff report. Initially the report sought to give delegated authority to staff to negotiate a deal, but now any deal negotiated by staff will be brought back to council for a vote.

I call on the City to conduct robust public consultations before entering into negotiations with OSEG

Who's signing

Susan Tanner
Tamara Doleman
Susan Melcher
Leona Gray
Warren McBride
Sylvia Smith
Ute Thomas
Sharon Harris
Geneviève Séguin
Lori Jensen
Anne-Marie Demers
rock rock
Kristina Rudnitski
Maureen Carpenter
Kristina Hall
Tia Loftsgard
Edith Chartier
Tarah Hunter
Nikki Diamond
Ben Walker
Ariane Ryan
Leah Miller
cee yuen
Mario Kontolemos
Michele-Jamali Paquette
Karim Virani
Gillian Carter
Thiago Fernandes de Lima
Ian Tobman
Hilary Hove
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  • Susan Tanner
    Landsdowne is an I Tergal part of our Glebe neighbourhood and threatening it is to threaten the very fabric of the community. Further, it is a city hub, which has been a well known benefit for the entire municipality and should not have its status As a public benefit diminished by profit motive.
  • Tamara Doleman
  • Susan Melcher
  • Leona Gray
  • Warren McBride
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  • Sylvia Smith
  • Ute Thomas
    There has been more than enough privatisation in this major public space. If OSEG want to raise more revenue let them invest in and improve the large spaces already fully under their control so people have a reason to visit. So far, this entire space is a wasteland except when big games are happening, or on weekend evenings, when it’s party central for a young crowd.
  • Sharon Harris
  • Geneviève Séguin
    As a festival organizer with a small operating budget who hosts their annual event at the Horticulture building, I would be very affected by the decision to privatize the use of the building. If the rental costs would increase, we would most likely need to move our event outside of the downtown core, which would not only affect our attendance and therefore budget, but would affect the economy for local businesses near Lansdowne and would also encourage people to use their cars.


    I was not consulted and my voice was not heard in this process.
  • Lori Jensen
  • Anne-Marie Demers
  • rock rock
    stephen rock
  • Kristina Rudnitski
  • Maureen Carpenter
  • Kristina Hall
  • Tia Loftsgard
  • Edith Chartier
  • Tarah Hunter
  • Nikki Diamond
    Nikki Diamond
  • Ben Walker
  • Ariane Ryan
  • Leah Miller
    Leah Miller
  • cee yuen
  • Mario Kontolemos
  • Michele-Jamali Paquette
  • Karim Virani
  • Gillian Carter
  • Thiago Fernandes de Lima
  • Ian Tobman
  • Hilary Hove