Rally: Put People Over Profits

When Nov 5, 2019 at 8:30am 9:30am
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON
Miles Krauter
Phone Number 6135802424 ext. 26693
197 RSVPs
Anne-Marie Demers Tyler Kuehn John Royle Jason Harris Daniel Johnson Annie Yeo Mary Alice MacNeil Nicky Brodie Bruce Conway Kayla Spagnoli Ethan Smith Frank Johnson Delma Hall Barbara Warren Barb Grisdale Ron Lukian Kathrin Von Dehn Wanda Kowalski Zivana Pavic Mark Singleton Anna Mary Campbell Julian Ciku Megan Wood richard raycraft Peter Tobin Brian Bell Eveline Lemieux Mila Younes Brian Ure John Gorjup Rhéaume Laplante Cathryn Bjerkelund Kristin Kendall JAnet Irwin Barbara Brown Anna Doucet evelyn hadican Philippe Parisot Kaeli Van Regan Simon Morris Theresa Wallace Erin Abou-Abssi Anne Duffy Patricia Woods Marcel Lavoie Rina Dalibard Anne Barusta john dance

The recent proposal from City staff to transfer operations, programming and city control of the remaining public space at Lansdowne is a further commercialization of the public space there, and another step towards privatization. It is also illustrative of a broader trend at City Hall: the interests of the City’s ‘private partners’ are prioritized over the interests of residents. We see this with Ottawa's LRT—another Public Private Partnership (P3) like Lansdowne—and we see this with corporate developers getting their way at the planning committee and council table despite popular community opposition.

Profit is the first priority of a corporation, but what’s profitable for a corporation is seldom what’s best for residents. Decision makers at City Hall must act in the interest of the city’s residents as a whole, not just its wealthy and well-connected. We are calling on the City to act accordingly, starting with pursuing a collaborative public process towards a renewed vision for the future of Lansdowne Park before entering into negotiations with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

‘Putting People over Profits’ is a P3 deal we can all get behind.

Join us for a rally outside of City Hall at the Marion Dewar Plaza (Laurier Entrance) on Tuesday morning (November 5th) at 8:30AM

*Speakers to be announced*

After the rally we will head into the committee meeting where the current proposal on Lansdowne is to be voted on. Members of the public can register to speak on the spot, but it is advisable to secure an early speaking spot by sending an e-mail in advance to CaroleA.Legault@Ottawa.ca requesting to register as a 'public delegation'. Public delegations are given 5 minutes to make their point to committee.

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