Two issues here...
Re. Ottawa starting in 2010 or in 2012, I hope it's sooner rather than later, but it will depend on the stadium south side stands rebuild and the rest of the renewal package at Lansdowne Park. The sooner they can get this together, the better as far as I'm concerned.
Re. a 10th team, while the symmetry of having five teams in each Division would be handsome to look at, to me it's unimportant and completely irrelevant to the startup in Ottawa.
We had 9 teams from 1954 when the Lions began, until the Alouettes folded for a few years in the 1980s, and again when Ottawa folded twice. While many people felt it was quaint or quirky that we had nine teams (and horror of horrors two of them with virtually the same names!), nobody thought we should kick one out because they preferred eight. We never did manage to get to ten, so nine it was and nine was fine.
The idea of a Maritimes team is a great one that has been bandied about for decades, but it's wishful thinking. Moncton and Halifax lack stadiums, prospective owners, adequate populations, and money for investment in the CFL. Quebec City is a better bet. Meanwhile, in Ottawa, we have owners with money, and a stadium that needs fixing, not creating from scratch, in a well-heeled market of 1 million+.
What's the league supposed to tell Hunt et al.... hang on to your $7 million, we appreciate your interest but we really don't want it until Moncton gets ready to play... someday... maybe... we hope...?
Let's get Ottawa back in the fold on a sound footing and go from there. If we ever get to 10 teams, wonderful. If not, that's ok too. For those who dream of getting to 12 teams some day, in London, Saskatoon, Victoria, Sudbury, Windsor or elsewhere, keep enjoying the dream.