Open house on proposed library draws impassioned crowd
Ottawa & Region

By Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Sun, January 19, 2017

If libraries did as well as town hall meetings about them, we’d be building one on every block.

More than 150 impassioned citizens filled the council chambers at city hall Wednesday night to discuss plans for Ottawa’s new central library. The open house, hosted by councillors Catherine McKenney, David Chernushenko, Mathieu Fleury, Tobi Nussbaum and Jeff Leiper, attracted a crowd that skewed in the senior range.

Eighty per cent or more, judging by a show of hands, lived in McKenney’s Somerset ward, most arriving by foot, public transit or bicycle, with not a single person claiming to support the current recommended site at 557 Wellington Street, in LeBreton Flats just west of Bronson Avenue.

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