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29 Jun, 2011

For some a win, a loss for others

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro

I am angry and sad this morning, but for legal reasons I am actually nervous to write about it here (a first for me) so I am keeping this short.

Some of you know what my feelings are about some Westboro-area developments such as Ashcroft’s convent (Avenue Q for Quagmire!). There has been an update today and it’s all rather unfortunate. I’m feeling an imminent sense of dread and it’s making my stomach curdle.

I’m only mentioning it here because it’s such a big part of who I am and because some people will be looking here for a response, and this is all I can give right now. I will however provide a link to a recent news story about it and will post links to other places as they are published. For what it’s worth I won’t be doing media interviews about this. Sorry.

As for the rest of you, feel free to leave your comments.

Edited to add:

7 Responses to "For some a win, a loss for others"

1 | Jennifer

June 29th, 2011 at 12:11 pm


OM F&#KING G!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, DREAD is a exactly what I feel too. This is not good.

2 | binki

June 29th, 2011 at 12:32 pm


ASHCROFT gets what they want. No one can stop them.

What’s next?

3 | Krista R

June 29th, 2011 at 12:33 pm


This is very unfortunate – I am so sorry to hear that it has ended up this way.

4 | tosca

June 29th, 2011 at 12:43 pm


I’m really sad and disappointed…in our ineffective councilor, in the city’s inability to actually enforce the Community Design Plan (hello? why did we bother to spend all this money in creating it only to have it trampled on?). As this issue has evolved, I’ve become less concerned with the development itself and more concerned with the utter lack of public consultation at the most critical stages of this process.

And just think…we here in Kitchissippi have a pretty involved and activist community. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere…

5 | andrea

June 29th, 2011 at 1:04 pm


I am rereading the story over at the Citizen with a sunken heart.

Also: Why do I bother to read the comments section? Blarg.

6 | kaitlin

June 29th, 2011 at 1:30 pm


On the other hand, if it went to OMB, it’s pretty obvious what would happen. I think, now that they have negotiated, the community needs to look ahead and decide what they want from the area, if they want to grow with Westboro and Hampton Iona. It’s a challenge, certainly. But, I think it’s just the way the neighbourhood is going, to be honest.

7 | coffee with julie

July 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 am


We faced an almost identical situation with Manotick village’s already existing Community Design plan being overriden by a Minto development that will double the population of the village in one foul swoop. In this case, the community association did raise a ton of cash to fight at the OMB level and the community still lost. I believe that the community association is still trying to recoup from the legal costs. I can empathize with how disheartening this experience is.


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