... I hate to admit it, but Ottawa's ownership group and city council did an exceptional job throughout the Ottawa stadium debate.
OSEG presented a vision directly to the people through the media, got everyone's imagination going and gave everyone a plan to latch onto. Bob Young never provided a concrete plan for his east mountain vision, and only provided one for the west harbour site late in the game.
Ottawa city council looked at all potential locations, placed them in order of acceptance by clearly defined criteria, and demanded peer-reviewed business cases for the two remaining options. They recognized the importance of private sector involvement, and there was close collaboration between city staff and the CFL ownership group. In the end, they supported a good plan even though it meant coming up with a lot of their own money.
Hamilton has been the opposite. The vast majority of councillors have latched onto a dream that this stadium will magically rejuvinate their downtown core, defying expert consulants, private sector partners, and the alleged "advice" of upper levels of government. They never conducted a business case, they just challenged anybody who questioned the site to "prove that it won't work". Even though they had nearly $60M in federal and provincial funding giftwrapped for them, and a private sector offer worth $75M, odds are that Hamilton council has sealed the fate of their new stadium project.
I can't believe I'm saying it, but....... kudos, Ottawa city council..... kudos......