A new group calling itself the Edmonton Arena Accountability Society wants to make sure all options are being explored when it comes to a new rink for the OIlers.
President Gene Hochachka says they have three main areas of concern.
“The transparency of the process, the financial issues and also the entire link in with the revitalization issue, which we think might be a bit of a red hering,” Hochanchka explains. He says he’s not sure all locations are being considered.
“My understanding is that their own consultation report that the city commissioned actually found a better spot, one closer to the eastern part of downtown. My understanding is the currently recommended spot wasn’t even the primary spot,” explains Hochanchka.
Hochachka says they aren’t against the arena, but they want to make sure the public has a say in the process. The group will attend Monday’s council meeting to express their concerns. (jrw, mb, twd)
The public has already had a say in the process by electing officials who have established a protocol for public input. Adding another layer only confuses issues, wastes time, and undermines the democratic process.
I hate these groups that pretend to represent the good of the general public, the general public has a process it’s called “Election Day”. Who the hell are these people to assume they can assess options better than the people empowered to make them?
The factors and influences on these kinds of decisions are complex. Is there a better location for a stand alone arena? Possibly, but as a catalyst to revitalization and a focal point to downtown, being in the heart of the downtown, close to LRT, City Hall, Art Gallery, Convention Centre, etc is a key factor.