Meet the Newsroom: Ask reporter Jon Willing about city hall’s hottest potato – Lansdowne 2.0

Join us in the comment section at the bottom of this story Tuesday at noon

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of six interactive sessions we will host in the coming weeks. We want to give you the opportunity to meet the journalists who work in our newsroom, in the comment section. We look forward to hearing your questions!

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One of city council’s last major decisions of the political term is the next phase of redevelopment at Lansdowne Park.

On the table at next Wednesday’s council meeting: a $332.6-million proposal crafted by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) to build a new arena and north-side stands, largely funded by revenues from a new high-rise development on the property.

Council needs to give staff approval to keep working with OSEG on the proposal and the financial strategy to pay for it. Critics say council should put off the decision until after the October election. Supporters say a council endorsement would only let staff keep working on the plan, with a final council vote scheduled next term.

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It’s one of hottest city hall issues that will happen in 2022. So let’s talk about it.

On Tuesday May 24th at noon our city hall reporter Jon Willing will be hanging out in the comment section of this post to answer your questions about Lansdowne 2.0 and city hall reporting in general.

Get ahead of the line: Jump down to the Comments field at the bottom of this story and post your questions now.

Meet Jon Willing

Jon Willing has been covering Ottawa City Hall for more than a dozen years, breaking stories about multi-million dollar development projects, investigating green bin policies, covering council meetings and doing the invaluable service of creating daily explanatory journalism that keeps us informed about how our city runs.

In other words, Jon answers this question, every day:

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Meet the Newsroom: Jon Willing
Meet the Newsroom: Jon Willing

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