City should be grate­ful to Burke fam­ily

The Niagara Falls Review - - OPINION -

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.

Ian Cooper

St. Catharines

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