Archive for March 15th, 2012

Rapidz Court Case Finally Done In Canada

- March 15th, 2012

Talk about a dragged out legal case.

The Supreme Court today settled a dispute between the owners of the former Ottawa Rapidz baseball team and the Can-Am Baseball League and City of Ottawa.

The Rapidz, remember them?

The short story is the city and the other respondents in the case won.

To understand the crux of the case, it’s helpful to read the Ontario Court of Appeal decision from October 2010.

Basically, there was a contract dispute between the owners and the league. The city was named because it owns Ottawa Stadium. The owners felt their team was wrongly dropped from the Can-Am league, causing a $200,000 exit penalty. They sued in provincial court, the judge dismissed the suit because there was something in the original contract that said disputes were to be handled by the courts in North Carolina, where the league is headquartered.

The appeal court dismissed the case and the country’s highest court agreed, with legal costs owed to the parties which were sued. And according to a memo sent this afternoon by city solicitor Rick O’Connor, the city will seek those costs.

Now, can we just play some baseball, please?

Ottawa Casino Polls

- March 15th, 2012

Just a quick note directing your attention to a few web polls on the issue of Ottawa having a casino.

The polls, of course, are completely unscientific.

Different questions, but, admittedly, I expected the Sun and CFRA results to be somewhat similar. And the CTV result, although we don’t know how many people voted, is pretty lopsided.

Ottawa Sun asks: Would you like to see a casino in the downtown core?

CTV Ottawa asks: Does the Capital region need another casino?

CFRA asks: Do you support the Ontario government decision to open new downtown casinos in Ottawa, Toronto and other cities?

One thing I’ll add. These polls are, again, completely unscientific and obviously should not be used to make policy decisions. But in my experience, they do get the attention of people who make decisions down here at City Hall.