So anyone else go?
It got a little hairy. I arrived a little after it opened and this bunch of clowns were handing out petition against sole-sourcing. This one dude was playing "This park is your park" (to the tune of "this land is your land", obviously) with modified lyrics, on the banjo. I was embarassed for some of these people.
It was going well for a while, but then some clown located a megaphone, calld the whole thing a sham. He thought he was being sold to instead of being given a voice. So he offered the megaphone to anyone wanting to speak his or her mind. Of course, that got the NIMBYs all riled up.
One of my buddies got up there and he was pro-proposal. They eventualy pulled the megaphone away from him, supposedly because he was going too long. I didn't see that done to anyone who opposed the proposal, despite one lady using rather strong language, but I tuned them out early on.
Jeff Hunt was there, as was Glenn Kulka. Several councillors, both for and against. I saw Bob Monette have to deal with a really animated wingnut who acted as though the proposal was to take away her first born child. I later heard that someone grabbed Monette by the shirt, but didn't see it for myself.
There will have been loud opposition, but I think many will either...
a) Have argued the wrong point. They were more vocal against the way the proposal was obtained than the proposal itself.
b) Made asses of themselves. One friend of mine was accused of being paid to support the proposal simply because, well, he supports the proposal. Others were clearly misinformed and some were deliberately refusing to be informed. One person insisted that there would be only nine events a year there, totally ignoring the soccer aspect, CIS, the bubble over the field in the winter, etc.