Stadium Debate Brings Out The Best And the Worst

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Had enough of the stadium debate melodramatics ?

Yes, the delays and unfinished work have been frustrating, but not nearly as frustrating as the negativity and vitriol that we hear from a vocal and clearly uninformed minority.

That’s not to say there hasn’t been legitimate criticism directed at the project contractor and Infrastructure Ontario , but any worthy critique must be based on fact , not just raw emotion.

When it was announced that some structural adjustments had been made to the design of the stadium, there was an outcry from some bloggers and tweeters who apparently had more expertise in large construction projects than the experts who told us that it was common practice for such action in projects like this.

Then, when we were told that the plan was to issue a one day permit to play the Labour Day game at the unfinished stadium, many of those same critics had become experts in personal injury law and liability and decreed that the City and taxpayers would be on the hook for millions in lawsuits.

Even when those concerns are addressed by people with expertise in construction and legal matters, those answers are dismissed by the grumblers.

Some of them just hate the Tiger Cats, some hate City Council, and some are still bitter because of the stadium debate from four years ago.

Informed debate is a necessary part of democracy; acrimonious rhetoric is not.

It’s time to move on.

 

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