Dis­cour­ag­ing signs in li­brary plan­ning

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Re: OPL mulls fundrais­ing push for su­per li­brary, Dec. 7. I wish I could share Mayor Jim Wat­son’s con­fi­dence that our pro­posed new li­brary will ri­val those re­cently built in Hal­i­fax and Cal­gary.There are a half-dozen rea­sons that shake my con­fi­dence but I’ll stick to the more egre­gious ones. Both those cities had an in­ter­na­tional de­sign com­pe­ti­tion while Ottawa sim­ply chose an ar­chi­tec­ture firm with lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing in­sti­tu­tional com­plexes.The lo­ca­tion is nowhere close to down­town. The beau­ti­ful Hal­i­fax li­brary is in the heart of that city.And there may be some ad­van­tages to team­ing up with Li­brary and Archives Canada but I feel this joint ven­ture with a fed­eral agency is prob­lem­atic and will lead to de­lays and dis­putes. Peter Tobin, Ottawa

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