Friends of Lansdowne has just learned that the Ontario Superior Court has dismissed our application to quash the City of Ottawa's approval of the Lansdowne Partnership Plan. We are very disappointed.
We will take the time we need to carefully review Judge Hackland's decision and to meet with our lawyers before making further comments or considering further legal action. We believe our case is important and has already made a significant contribution by making public many details of the plan--particularly the financial costs--that were not previously known to taxpayers.
We would also point out that, contrary to what you may have heard, the legal case is not the only thing preventing the Lansdowne Partnership Plan from proceeding. The project has not received necessary heritage, environmental and site plan approvals. These will take many months and may require significant changes to the current plan. Moreover, City Council has not yet given final approval to the project nor has it rectified the major financial discrepancies in earlier documents that may mean that taxpayers will have to spend tens of millions more on the project.
We remain committed to working towards a revitalized Lansdowne Park that will benefit the public, not private interests.
You can read the full text of the decision here.