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Update on Lansdowne Partnership Plan Public Consultations/ Mise à jour sur les consultations publiques du plan de parternariat du parc Lansdowne
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Hello Everyone,

I apologize for the mass email however the importance of this matter requires such a method. The time has come for public consultations regarding the Lansdowne Partnership Plan (LPP), giving each person across the city a chance to voice their opinion.

On September 2, 2009, Council voted with resounding favour (22-2) to have this proposal move through the public consultation process and as such, residents may express their views on the design either in person at one of the six public meetings or via the web.

As you know I am a staunch supporter of this plan, as I strongly believe that it would be extraordinary opportunity for the City, allowing us to transform the current eyesore, of Lansdowne Park, into a picturesque site that could be enjoyed by all from the environmentalists to the avid sports enthusiast. A proposal of this nature is rarely presented to the City especially when it comes from such strong leaders in our community who are willing to take upon their shoulders the financial risk of this venture. In the last election, residents told us loud and clear that they wanted the City to be run more like a business and this is a prime example of how we are doing so.

Through a combination of planning, design and imagination, this plan offers something for everyone: a new stadium to host our own CFL team and which could also welcome a soccer team, a new underground parking structure, innovative restaurants, with a significant amount of green space, enhancing the already beautiful Rideau Canal.

Imagine arriving by canoe to a football game on a weekend with your family and watching your kids play in the grass beforehand while you enjoy a pleasant meal and good company. This thought always makes me smile and I hope that you share in my enthusiasm at the potential presented in the LPP.

During the public meetings, residents will be presented with information and exhibits that describe the key elements of the LPP. City staff and other subject matter experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and receive your input. These meetings will be held between 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the locations listed below. Please note the Orléans consultation will be held on October 6th at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

Date Venue Location
September 28 Lansdowne Park, Salon A 1015 Bank Street
September 29 Ron Maslin Playhouse, Lobby 1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata
September 30 City Hall, Jean Pigott Place 110 Laurier Avenue West
October 1 Jim Durrell Complex, Elwood Hall 1265 Walkley Road
October 5 Tom Brown Arena, Hall 141 Bayview Road
October 6 Shenkman Arts Centre 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans

Between September 28 and October 11, 2009, residents will also be encouraged to provide their input through an on-line consultation process hosted by Nanos Research. In order to access the e-consultation platform you can visit the City of Ottawa website after September 28th, 2009. (http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/public_consult/lansdowne_partnership/index_en.html)

This information is also available on my website: www.bobmonette.ca . After several months of hard work, I am proud to officially relaunch my internet portal and hope that you will take the time to browse it. There, you will find up to date information on initiatives that are taking place in our community as well as news articles and information about myself and what I have been able to accomplish with your help.

I would like to strongly encourage you to take the time to share your support for the LPP with us in order to make your opinion count ensuring that you have a say in the future of this City landmark which will again one day be the jewel of Ottawa. If you have any other questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me through my website.

Sincerely,

Bob
City Councillor
Orléans Ward 1

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Bonjour à Tous,

Je veux tout d'abord m'excuser pour le courriel de groupe que je vous envoie mais je crois que vu l'importance du sujet cette méthode était nécessaire. Le temps est venu pour vous tous d'exprimer votre opinion face aux consultations publiques du Plan de Partenariat du Parc Lansdowne (PPPL).

Le 2 septembre 2009, le Conseil de Ville a voté en faveur de procéder au processus de consultation publique et ainsi, les résidents pourront exprimer leurs sentiments sur ce plan soit en personne lors d'une des six réunions publiques ou électroniquement à travers le web.

Comme vous le savez, je suis un fervent supporteur de ce plan et je crois fermement que c'est une opportunité extraordinaire pour la Ville nous permettant de métamorphoser le Parc Lansdowne d'une horreur à un site enchanteur que tous pourraient apprécier et ce, des environnementalistes aux avides enthousiastes de sport. Un tel plan est rarement présenté à la ville considérant qu'il est présenté par des meneurs de notre communauté qui sont prêts à prendre sur leurs épaules les risques financiers associés à un tel projet. Lors de la dernière élection, les résidents ont clairement exprimé qu'ils voulaient voir notre Ville gérer comme une entreprise, le PPPL est un excellent exemple de comment nous pouvons accomplir ceci.

À travers une combinaison de planification, de design et d'imagination, ce plan offre quelque chose pour toute la famille: un nouveau stade qui nous permettra d'obtenir une franchise de la Ligue Canadienne de Football et qui pourrait également accueillir une équipe de soccer, une structure de stationnement sous-terrain, des restaurants, des magasins et une grande quantité d'espace vert qui amplifiera la beauté déjà existante du Canal Rideau.

Imaginez ce scénario, vous arrivez au Parc Lansdowne par canoë afin d'aller assister à un match de football lors d'une fin de semaine avec vos enfants. Vous pouvez regarder vos enfants courir à travers la pelouse pendant que vous profitez d'un bon repas et de bonne compagnie. Cette idée me fait toujours sourire et j'espère que vous partagez mon enthousiasme face au potentiel du PPPL

Lors de réunions publiques, les résidents seront présentés de l'information et des démonstrations afin de leur expliquer les éléments du PPPL. Les employés municipaux et d'autres experts seront présents pour écouter les résidents et répondre à leurs questions. Ces réunions auront lieu de 18h00 à 21h00 aux endroits mentionnés ci-bas. Notez que les résidents d'Orléans auront leur propre réunion le 6 octobre au Centre des Arts Shenkman.

Date Édifice Endroit
28 septembre Parc Lansdowne Salon A
29 septembre Ron Maslin Playhouse 1, chemin Ron Maslin, Kanata
30 septembre Hôtel de Ville Place Jean-Pigott
1 octobre Complexe Jim Durrell 1265, chemin Walkley
5 octobre Aréna Tom-Brown 141, chemin Bayview
6 octobre Le Centre des arts Shenkman 245, boulevard Centrum

Du 28 septembre au 11 octobre 2009, le public sera aussi encouragé à participer aux consultations en ligne menées par Nanos Research. Afin d 'accéder à la plate-forme de consultation en ligne, vous pouvez vous rendre au site web de la Ville où vous trouverez toute l'information nécessaire afin de soumettre vos opinions sur ce sujet de grande importance. (http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/public_consult/lansdowne_partnership/index_fr.html)

Cette information est également disponible sur mon site web au www.bobmonette.ca . Après plusieurs mois de travail, je suis fier de vous présenter ce nouveau site et j'espère que vous prendrez le temps de vous y rendre. Vous y trouverez de l'information sur des initiatives prenant place dans la communauté d'Orléans ainsi que des articles de journaux des trois dernières années et de l'information sur moi et mes accomplissements.

En terminant, je vous encourage fortement à partager votre support pour le PPPL avec nous afin que votre voix soit entendue et afin de s'assurer que vous avez votre mot à dire sur le futur du Parc Lansdowne qui sera un jour le bijou d'Ottawa. Si vous avez d'autres questions ou commentaires, n'hésitez à me contacter à travers mon site web.

Sincèrement,

Bob
Conseiller
Orléans, quartier 1

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Monette hasn't been the most vocal, but he's been on board with this thing from day one. He's a big fan; I know he tries to attend every Grey Cup game.

He wants to avoid a situation where only those opposed go and complain, especially since the first meeting is being held in the NIMBY neighborhood. He'd like supporters to not just assume that it's going to go through now that we've gotten this far with it.

…I dunno, I foresee problems with massive canoe congestion…

Dang NIMBY's! You people are everywhere!

Actually, that part about the canoe's drew some ridicule.

I once made my way to a Renegades game by tour boat. It was a catered deal where for about $60 you'd take the boat to the game, have a meal on the way, get a seat in the upper deck, then return by boat as well. It was a great deal but as was often the case, poorly advertised. I actually only found out about it because I clicked the wrong link on their website by mistake one time.

Anyway, I think this it a translation error by Mr Monette. I think he meant something like the above because "water taxis" have been suggested a few times for Lansdowne Park as a way to reduce traffic and one of the feature of the LL proposal is a boat launch.

Hey, when I worked in Ottawa for about 6 months and lived in Sandy Hill and worked at the Exp Farm, I skated to work on the canal a few times, it was cool. Going by boat to FCS would be super cool too! Man Ottawa and CFL football go hand in hand, what's the friggin problem???????????????????

I would so be there if I was within driving distance. Keeping my fingers crossed lots of supporters show up!

If you ever visit, let me know. I'll get myself a canoe and we can "portage" it. :stuck_out_tongue:

im sorry, but this water thing has me lost... explinations?

The stadium is next to a waterway. Mr Monette talks about his vision of people getting there by “canoe” which makes for a bit of a strange image.

“Imagine arriving by canoe to a football game on a weekend with your family and watching your kids play in the grass beforehand while you enjoy a pleasant meal and good company.”

I suspect he meant by boat, since the Lansdowne Live proposal includes a boat launch.

Hmm... canoe you believe it?... :lol: :lol:

Canoe…hmmm I’ll have to try that next summer here in Halifax. Maybe someone can drop me down a line to climb on the the jetty… Canoe… :expressionless:

they just have to be called the rough riders again. anything else seems just not right

Ottawa is bisected by a meandering canal. At one end is Parliament Hill, and at the other end are some locks and a small lake called Mooney's Bay. I forget exactly (CRF?), but I think it's around 6km in length. It was built as an escape route in case the Americans invaded. Lansdowne Park is roughly in the middle between the two ends of the canal.
There used to be canoe rentals at Mooney's Bay, which is not a hugely long paddle to Lansdowne. So if that rental facility is still there it's not a stretch that people could actually canoe to the game.

It's not Mooney's Bay but Dow's Lake I was referring to above. I haven't been there in a decade at least so my memory is a little shakey :?

I think he said what he meant. He's trying to conjure a certain romantic imagery, one that harkens back to early origins of this country when the canoe was the most important form of transport. One of the most famous images of Pierre Trudeau was of him paddling a canoe. Certainly a sexier image than 'boat".

Just some trivia clarification: the Rideau Canal is actually over 200 km long as it connects the Ottawa River (at Ottawa) to the St. Laurent River (at Kingston) - http://www.rideau-info.com/canal/index.html. However, the only part that is particularly renowned is the part that is made into a skating rink each winter - the part you referred to, from Parliament Hill to Dow's Lake. That section is 10-11km long. Simply magnificant though - those poor labourers that made it , man, that must have been a lot of work.

The part from Confederation Park to Dow's lake is 7.8km. You're point is well taken about it's total length though. Thanks for the clarification. :slight_smile: Apparently many died of malaria of all things when they built it.