Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Confused council

  • Print

Coun. Justin Swandel has a point in demanding action on a prime piece of land at The Forks, known as Parcel 4, but his council motion to sell the land to The Forks for $6.5 million was bizarre for several reasons. As far as that goes, so was the response from other councillors.

The land cannot be offered for sale at a set price on a whim, as Mr. Swandel should know, but the subsequent lectures from other councillors on the need to follow process, conduct due diligence and consult with stakeholders was also confusing.

That's because city councillors agreed last May -- not an eternity ago -- that an organized process was needed to ensure the land was properly developed. The loose consensus emerged following the collapse of a proposal to build a waterpark and hotel on Parcel 4.

The leading advocate of "a well-defined process" was none other than Coun. Swandel.

Then, about 15 days ago, the Forks North Portage Partnership announced at its annual meeting it was in the middle of talks with city officials about acquiring Parcel 4. The Forks says it wants control of the land as it moves ahead with plans to develop its own lands along the mainline. Talks were said to be going well.

The Forks says it hopes to have something more concrete on the table next year, but no one will ever accuse the organization of proceeding with too much haste. The Forks has been talking about developing its lands for 10 years, and the community is still waiting.

Mr. Swandel is correct in wanting to move the yardsticks, and hopefully his outburst will accomplish just that.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien, Shannon Sampert, and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 16, 2012 A14

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Jets This Week: Quarter Season Analysis

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • A pelican comes in for a landing Wednesday afternoon on the Red River at Lockport, Manitoba - Standup photo- June 27, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should the federal government force band chiefs and councillors to disclose their salary information?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google