Egan: GG shuts rink, grounds in newest drama from The Crown

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Ottawa -- January 2, 2021 -- With the blanket of snow Ottawa received over night big smiles could be noticed as people were out enjoying the newly groomed SJAM trail along the river Saturday Jan. 2, 2021.  ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
Cross-country skiers benefit from final week’s blanket of snow to cruise alongside the paths subsequent to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway in Ottawa. Photograph by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

(Now we’re advised, not in so many phrases, that there are too many individuals utilizing it. And, weirdly, the NCC’s contribution, the winter bistro at Remic Rapids, by no means appears to be open.)

What of the opposite belongings? Why isn’t there an enormous oval rink at LeBreton Flats, as an illustration? Why hasn’t something been executed to carry folks to the empty website with momentary sights, to light up its longterm potential, summer time or winter?

Why doesn’t the NCC create pop-up toboggan hills on its lands to alleviate the strain at locations like Carlington Hill?

Why not corral 10 sidewalk plows and have the NCC clear each rattling path in its stock? What’s it doing in another way within the Greenbelt at a time of want?

The purpose is that this: Is anybody at NCC headquarters or on the federal degree fascinated with how you can shortly retool any of its properties to accommodate a pandemic-stressed inhabitants?

OTTAWA -- The gates to Rideau Hall are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 -- . ERROL MCGIHON, Postmedia
The gates to Rideau Corridor are closed through the COVID-19 pandemic. Photograph by Errol McGihon /Postmedia

The problem is urgent at the moment, extra urgent tomorrow, as Quebec is headed towards a extreme lockdown that may additional restrict entry to Gatineau Park, if not make interprovincial journey close to inconceivable.

Alternatively, if the feds are so satisfied that out of doors crowding of any variety is a COVID-19 danger, then shut the entire enterprise down. Have the braveness of the conviction. Shut all the paths and parks and parking heaps, cancel Winterlude, neglect concerning the Rideau Canal skating season and inform everybody to simply disguise of their basements till spring.

As a substitute, now we have this half-witted strategy of a little bit right here, a little bit there, take the bag of chips and go house, Ottawa.

City, Crown, frown — the meter, the rhyme, by no means adjustments.

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