Archive for July 10th, 2012

Moffatt Says He Didn’t Rally Hoedown Opposition

- July 10th, 2012

I had to ask Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt (pictured) if there is any truth to the suggestion made by a caller on CFRA today that he actively contacted constituents to rally opposition against the Capital Hoedown.

The Hoedown, after being booted out of Walter Baker Park for not paying the city’s permit fees, was prepared to hold the concert at Numech Ranch on Fallowfield Rd. in Moffatt’s ward. That location fell through, too, because the property isn’t zoned to hold such an event.

Moffatt said he didn’t call residents to build opposition. He said he received an email from a concerned resident (he read me the email), and to get some feedback, he contacted Carleton Landowners Association president Tom Black and his wife Marlene, who live near the ranch. Moffatt said he just wanted to get their thoughts on the event happening at the ranch.

“I was trying to figure out if I should have any role in it at first,” Moffatt said. He said he took no other action.

“I let it play out,” he said.

Moffatt said it didn’t matter to him whether or not the Hoedown happened at Numech Ranch.

For more on the beleaguered Hoedown, I recommend reading Aedan Helmer’s stories over the past few days

City Hall’s Summer “Rink” Missing Something

- July 10th, 2012

The summer so far hasn’t helped the new sod planted around the Rink of Dreams. I also don’t think the jazz festival’s tent helped.

It’s not just the new stuff. There are all sorts of scorched patches of grass around the Laurier Ave. front lawn.

The summer “rink” is really missing something when there isn’t a festival or concert being held there. It’s a bit stained from past events and must look odd to visitors.

Here’s how the pre-construction sketch showed us the rink would look like in the summer:

The bistro tables and umbrellas seemed like a neat idea. It just looks like an unchallenging skatepark right now.

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Wednesday’s Council Meeting Could Be Rousing If…

- July 10th, 2012

1. You use the Nepean National Equestrian Park.

2. You want to know who’s lobbying council members on big decisions.

3. Large condo developments in Centretown excite you

4. …Or in Little Italy

5. …Or the Hintonburg and Beechwood areas.

6. You’re watching to make sure loaned money is repayed.

7. You’re hungry for a new park-and-ride in Kanata.

Or, you simply want to check out Centrepointe Studio Theatre at Ben Franklin Place. Because that’s where council will be meeting once again as chambers at City Hall are being renovated.