City should be grateful to Burke family
St. Catharines and Niagara Region recently received a lot of favourable publicity, nationwide, when the Scotties women’s curling championship was held here.
We were only able to host this event because we have Meridian Centre, and we only have Meridian Centre because the Burke family chose to move their hockey team to our city 10 years ago.
The arena would never have happened without the commitment of a primary tenant. The Ice Dogs committed and we have a beautiful facility that is a downtown centrepiece at about half the price of the new Burgoyne Bridge.
However, I get the impression that there is a significant sector at city hall that resents the Burkes.
The street-naming fiasco and the ongoing disputes between the hockey team and SMG are examples.
Surely there are some adults at city hall who would want to keep their primary tenant happy? That’s just good business.
Surely SMG works for the city. It should not take a bunch of high-priced lawyers to sort this out.
St. Catharines should be grateful that the Burkes chose to come here and encourage them to stay.