NCC wanted ‘positive message’ for parkway lane closure option
Ottawa Citizen

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By Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen, July 24, 2016

Two weeks before the National Capital Commission unveiled a concept plan for a proposed linear park that could eliminate two of the four lanes on a western section of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, NCC officials huddled to try to come up with a positive spin to present to the public.

Emails released to Postmedia under access to information reveal that NCC chief executive Mark Kristmanson — evidently concerned about the public response to the two-lane option — urged senior officials to think of a “more positive message” during a meeting in early March.