Having worked on the Central Experimental Farm for 25 years, I could not help but add my views to the debate about building a new Civic Campus for the Ottawa Hospital on some of the farmland. The argument that the hospital should not be built on the experimental farm because agricultural research is at risk is spurious. The hospital project is critical for the city, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
It is important to review the past. Both successive Liberal and Conservative governments have essentially abandoned agricultural research in Ottawa.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/modler-a-food-scientist-says-the-new-hospital-campus-should-be-built-at-the-experimental-farm