More Big News for the CFL this week !

...With a unanimous decision by the judges, I think the naysayers have run out of luck...The court does not have to hear an appeal and they most likely won't....Get digging :thup: :rockin:

They will. But they should be told that after all these challenges, the next one, you lose you pay, both sides.

Unfortunately, city by-laws prevent them from being billed for the city’s legal fees. On the other hand, there might be a way for the rest of the city residents to open a class action suit against the FOoLs to recover the costs in taxes of any lawsuits deemed to be frivolous.


The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled the City of Ottawa's plan to redevelop Lansdowne Park is legal.

It was a unanimous decision by three judges assigned to make the ruling. It means the Friends of Lansdowne, who alleged the process was unfair and called it a single-sourced partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, have lost another legal battle.

This is the second strike for the Friends of Lansdowne after a judge ruled the process legal last summer.

While the group has 60 days to appeal the ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada can refuse the case based on the unanimous decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

If the case is accepted the appeal could drag on for months, adding more delays to completing redevelopment plans.

City officials say it would not stop them from putting shovels in the ground to at least start the process. They argue crews can go ahead with preliminary work which needs to be done regardless of the final outcome.

Sources with the City tell CTV council will likely vote in favour of going ahead with initial ground work.

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Cohon: One step closer to Ottawa return

TORONTO -- ''Today the return of the CFL to Ottawa is a major step closer.

In an unanimous and definitive decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which has been working hard to revamp the stadium at Lansdowne Park and welcome CFL football back to the nation's capital.

Like the Ontario Superior Court before it, the Court of Appeal rejected arguments made by some local residents who oppose the development project that includes the stadium.

While the opponents can still technically seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, today's ruling keeps up us on track to have Ottawa rejoin our league as early as the 2014 season.

It also speaks to the fact that our friends and prospective partners have pursued this goal with thoroughness as well as passion and perseverance.

We congratulate Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, Jeff Hunt, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman on what is a very positive development for the CFL in Ottawa.''

There's no way on Earl's green earth that the Supreme Court of Canada will waste its time with an appeal.

Full speed ahead!

Dare we all say finally hallelujah brothers and sisters!

And let’s hope the Supreme Court tells them that quickly if an appeal is filed.

don't count the chickens before they hatch!!

this is the Supreme Court we are talking about!

This is great news! I am glad the we can (almost...?) start the countdown to getting shovels in the ground.....

It is refreshing to see that its not poilitics holding this one up! Self-important "anti-everything" we are getting used to!

Congrats Ottawa! Finish line in sight?

Sounds like it. Or the new starting line. They wanted to get going in June.

OTTAWA — While the Friends of Lansdowne decide whether to try to take their case to the Supreme Court, city council’s finance committee has voted to push on with the development plans for Lansdowne Park.

In a unanimous decision, the committee agreed to tear down the Coliseum, move the historic Horticulture Building and get to work cleaning up the contaminated soil underneath, at an estimated cost of $14 million. All the work can legally be done even if there’s a further court challenge; city manager Kent Kirkpatrick said all of it would need to be done for virtually any redevelopment plan the city might take up, if the current deal with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group were scuttled.

That even includes moving the Horticulture Building, which will take up $10.1 million of the $14 million the city intends to spend. Two years worth of design work on the current plan suggests that any plan involving commercial or other new buildings on the property would force the city to take the Horticulture Building from the northwest corner of the central Aberdeen Pavilion to the northeast.

“The proposal allows that building to be profiled and serve as a delineation or transition zone,? Kirkpatrick said, between a commercial area and a large park abutting the Rideau Canal. That would be the basic shape of any redevelopment, in other words — new buildings close to the commerce on Bank Street, park by the canal, and the Horticulture Building in between.

The Friends of Lansdowne had opposed the city’s plans to renovate the Glebe property, but had their case rejected Monday by a unanimous decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Councillors noted a new air of optimism about the project, with Monday’s ruling allowing it to go ahead.

“The heavy fog on this project is beginning to lift,? said Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Peter Clark, congratulating Mayor Jim Watson, with whom he often spars, on the progress.

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