Mayor was right not to fund arena

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Re: Ot­tawa Se­na­tors wanted city to pay for NHL arena on Le­Bre­ton Flats early in re­de­vel­op­ment process, mayor says, Nov. 29.All across North Amer­ica, for decades, wealthy sports team own­ers have conned and ca­joled mu­nic­i­pal politi­cians into pro­vid­ing free or highly sub­si­dized sports venues. The threat of leav­ing is of­ten used. Ap­peals to civic pride are made by cold-hearted busi­ness­men.The tide has re­versed, how­ever, with many city coun­cils lis­ten­ing to tax­pay­ers and call­ing the bluff. Also, higher lev­els of gov­ern­ment are now un­will­ing to chip in, leav­ing the cities alone to pay. Vot­ers in Cal­gary re­cently said no to fi­nanc­ing an Olympics.The vast and much-needed Le­Bre­ton re­de­vel­op­ment is not con­tin­gent on a hockey arena, al­though one would work there near an LRT stop. A tax­payer-funded arena is not needed or ap­pro­pri­ate.Mayor Wat­son made the right de­ci­sion in say­ing no to cor­po­rate wel­fare. Brian Beck­ett, Ne­pean

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