For immediate release
September 8, 2021
Public being ignored in the interests of developers, again.
Angella MacEwen, NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre expressed her support for the community and their concerns around the location of the Ottawa Hospital at a press conference on Wednesday. MacEwen is calling for a public inquiry into how the decision for The Ottawa Hospital’s proposed location for the new Civic Campus came to be, and committed to fighting for federal infrastructure funding to save our trees and greenspaces. MacEwen was joined by Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden.
“Ottawa deserves a world-class hospital and planning that doesn’t put an airport-sized, four-story parking garage on a UNESCO Heritage site,” says MacEwen. “We understand that people have questions about how we got to this place and I support the call for a public inquiry so we can get to the bottom of this, and residents can have their trust in our public processes restored,” adds MacEwen.
MacEwen and Harden committed to working together to demand federal infrastructure funding to ensure the proposed parking garage at Queen Juliana Park is underground, as initially proposed. Following the press conference, MacEwen was accompanied by Harden on a listening canvas of the neighbourhood.
The press conference was held in Queen Juliana Park, the proposed location of the parking garage near Dow’s Lake. Over 7000 participated in a National Capital Commission (NCC) consultation that recommended Tunney’s Pasture as a preferred location for the hospital. This decision was rejected and a closed-door process led to this third proposed location.
“There is a pattern in Ottawa for development to lean hard into the interests of developers and put public interest in the back seat,” says Harden. “Cutting down over 500 mature trees for a massive four-story parking garage? We deserve better. The best time to preserve a greenspace in a climate emergency was one hundred years ago, the second-best time is now.”
MacEwen and Harden both understand and support the need for a new hospital that will support vital needs in Ottawa and the region. They want a viable solution as well as transparency and accountability in public decision-making.