By James Coulter
(WINDSOR, ON) – Last week it was reported that the Ottawa Hospital will not be building their new facility on an experimental farm. They acknowledge their poor choice and they will review other potential sites.
The CEO and president of the Ottawa Hospital, Dr Jack Kitts, says he wants to keep the hospital in the core, and that makes perfect sense. This news has been greeted by Windsor Regional Hospital officials with derision.
We are told the land purchase is a “done deal”, but that’s what the people of Ottawa had been told too. Our leaders say they are sticking to their plan to build the Windsor Region’s new mega-hospital on sub-serviced, agricultural land outside of the city’s built foot-print.
There are opportunities to build in Windsor within the existing built foot print. These sites are better serviced, more accessible to the city’s populations-at-risk, and will be less costly in terms of capital dollars to make them viable.
Once more, I am asking for your help.
The people of Ontario need changes to the wrongheaded practice of large-scale, green-field development that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is pushing on many communities.
In 2016 we know that urban intensification is successful and promotes cultural and economic advancement. The people of Ottawa made it clear that they want a better decision made on the site of their future hospital.
Every Ontario citizen should applaud their success.
As a society we should be acting more responsibly and taking advantage of every opportunity to make our cities stronger and to protect our environment. We should be making the best choices, not the easiest ones, to give ourselves and our children the brightest future possible.