I wrote this to the paper, but of course mine didn't get published. And its not just about a stadium its about Bruce and his overall negative attitude and shooting everything down:
"I for one am sick and tired of Bruce Devenne, his small gathering of followers, and their no-can-do attitude. Every time a major project comes around to Halifax, they step up and feel the need to ruin it. The Commonwealth Games, a new stadium issue, the Twin Towers. They are keeping Halifax from progressing as a city. The worst part is, they are playing city hall like puppets.
The Commonwealth Games, could have been done right. We were one of the leaders of the bidding cities. I agree $1.7 billion is too much, and $1.3 is pushing it, but the bid was given up to quickly. That far into the bid, it should have been kept and worked down. If not, then maybe drop it, but it doesn't even seem like and effort was made. I am surprised it was discovered we were big enough for the Canada games.
First of all for the stadium, calling the CFL a bush league shows you know nothing about it. You may think its second to the NFL, which is fine for you, but it is not bush. A bush league doesn't get nearly 30,000 fans showing up for each game. Secondly, CFL is a major part of potential uses, but it is not the only. International soccer could be held there. Canada is hosting the 2009 Gold Cup, and could bid for the 2018 World Cup. International friendlies, Rugby, outdoor lacrosse, AUS/CIS events, Concerts, Athletics and recreation sports could all use it too. We're not talking a Big "Owe" like in Montreal here with 65,000 seats. A modest stadium of 25,000-30,000 seats would work well.
The Twisted Towers should have been approved by now. They are only 27 stories. Calgary is putting on up over 50 stories tall. No wonder everyone is leaving for Alberta, they actually allow projects to go through. I agree seeing the harbour from the hill is important, but we can't sacrifice the well being of the city. There should be two zones downtown, one with a limit so harbour viewing is possible, one with no restrictions. Our location so far east gives us great potential for company offices.
When facts are presented to Devenne, he ignores them and says they can't be right. Yes there probably was 90 percent supporting the Commonwealth Games, but that was before the costs spiralled, and and the committee kept everything secret. The last ones I remember were in the 70s. Is that so hard to beleive? I don't think so, Bruce just doesn't want to face it.
If we don't get our act together, and do what is best for the city instead of what Devenne and his followers want, Moncton will soon pass us. Or whats left of us after the increase of people moving to Alberta. I'm pretty sure the City should know whats best for the City, and shouldn't have to listen to the selfish antics of Devenne.
Although Devenne may disagree, he is not the know-all for the city. He does not know what the rest of us want, just what he wants."
Any ideas on improvements that might help it?