It would just be cherry-picking to say it's true to form for Ottawa city council to come to a decision which doesn't tie them to coming to a decision.
C'est la vie. The latest seems to be that they're going to give priority to the Lansdowne Live proposal from the Jeff Hunt group and Eugene Melnyk's footy fantasyland way out wonder in the wilds of Kan-a-ta. Please don't jump to the conclusion it's an either/or, since as the Paper of Record notes, "city manager Kent Kirkpatrick repeatedly said this is not the case. He said the process will help determine whether either proposal shows enough merit to continue developing further before final decisions are made."
Uh-huh. It seems sporting to let our commenters, if they so see fit, have it out over whether this plays more into Hunt's hands or into Melnyk's. The first group had the jump on Mr. Eugene, and it probably has a better reputation than the Senators owner, who's taken some hits in the last six months, more so for his hockey team's fall from grace than over Biovail.
Melynk's critics would charge that he's playing a game of Calvinball, changing the rules and the objectives as he sees fit. Some, a minority mind you, would the Hunt group's plan would be same ol', same ol', except Lansdowne would go from public space to private space, on the public's dimes.
The upshot, though, is the city isn't even really saying it's going to commit to something April 22, near as one can tell. A glass half-full person, tough as that is to be in this city, would say perhaps they're ultimately going to look at the Bayview/Lebreton Flats area and force the principals to swallow their pride, hold their noses and work together. Or is that too pie-in-the-sky by half?
Kanata and Lansdowne stadium proposals get priority, council decides (Jake Rupert, Ottawa Citizen)
Maybe the CFL isn't such a bad idea: Eugene Melnyk (The 24th minute)
Proposed soccer stadium could host CFL team: Melnyk (Derek Puddicombe, Sun Media)
Soccer would thrive in Kanata, Melnyk vows to councillors (Jake Rupert, Ottawa Citizen)