Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Speaking of the Pan Am Games stadium debate...redux...

As the process snails its way to some kind of conclusion, I've been wondering:

'If we had the ballyhooed 'increased relationship of engagement between residents and their Councillors in local governance', how would this stadium thing have unfolded?'

Regardless of where you stand regarding where a stadium should go, whether it should tie in with the Ti-Cats, if there should be a stadium at all, I think it's safe to say that everyone...including most of City Council...agrees that what's unfolded has been embarrassing. Dispiriting. Depressing. I don't want to dilute the importance of this interlude by providing glib analogies, but I will offer up this one: if this had been a situation involving a group of castaways on a deserted island and the same sort of process had unfolded, they'd all have perished.

So I have to believe that under this suggested 'other' paradigm, where elected officials are not just left to govern and really only held accountable every four years, where there's far more collaboration and consultation going on with the people for whom they toil, we'd have come to some kind of conclusion by now...most probably a far more equitable one, to boot.

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