Cohon: One step closer to Ottawa return | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

Mark Cohon
Canadian Football League

TORONTO -- ''Today the return of the CFL to Ottawa is a major step closer.

In an unanimous and definitive decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which has been working hard to revamp the stadium at Lansdowne Park and welcome CFL football back to the nation's capital.

Like the Ontario Superior Court before it, the Court of Appeal rejected arguments made by some local residents who oppose the development project that includes the stadium.

While the opponents can still technically seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, today's ruling keeps up us on track to have Ottawa rejoin our league as early as the 2014 season.

It also speaks to the fact that our friends and prospective partners have pursued this goal with thoroughness as well as passion and perseverance.

We congratulate Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, Jeff Hunt, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman on what is a very positive development for the CFL in Ottawa.''

Fan Comments
als rule
the city of regina and the RRs are requesting $230 million from the province of saskatchewan government to built a new football stadium in regina!! $230 million WHAT? are you serious? that's alot of money in today's world!! BUT the decision is for the people of saskatchewan to make not me thank goodness!!
May 01, 2012 - 4:57pm
Als Rule: You are usually a good poster. I have to ask you what the Riders stadium situation has to do with Ottawa development hopefully getting on track? Please stay on topic. Look forward to posts from you again.
May 02, 2012 - 11:58am
i hope that this will work
May 01, 2012 - 10:56am
I hope that this means that the new Lansdowne Park construction can begin, but I do not have a good feeling about it. The Friends of Lansdowne are a very determined NIMBY group with good funding and they make it clear in their press release that they will continue the fight.

I quote, " Friends of Lansdowne is already refocusing our efforts on asking the province to reform the Municipal Act to better protect the public interest, and to ensure that proper heritage and environmental approvals are obtained before the City begins any construction. ....... "We remind everyone that the City has not yet signed the final deal with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).""
May 01, 2012 - 9:10am
als rule
DGW: its over!! do you think the SC of canada will honestly take this case up? if they do then canada becomes nothing BUT a kumbyiah society!! that is the most important issue that the SC needs to address? GIVE ME A BREAK!! MOVE ON!!
May 01, 2012 - 1:12pm
I think the CFL should return to Ottawa because the fans there have waited long enough.
April 30, 2012 - 8:44pm
als rule
FINALLY!! thank GOD now lets move on to the maritimes, quebec city and windsor/london and have a 12 team league by 2020!! either 6 in the west and 6 in the east or 4 in the west, 4 in the central and 4 in the east!! does it really matter? NO!! lets go finally coast to coast!!
April 30, 2012 - 8:07pm
Looking forward to having another "real" Eastern team join the CFL! Hopefully opponents will realize that further appeals are unlikely to change things.
April 30, 2012 - 7:17pm