A Poem: “Best Of The Best”


The National Capital Commission

wants to develop LeBreton Flats:

9.3 hectares between the downtown core,

the War Museum, and the



They call on the world’s best

to reimagine this exceptional site,

bring design excellence and animation,

create a point of civic



A year goes by.


Two proposals submitted:

one from an Ottawa team, one from



The other world’s best

appear to have ignored this golden



They may have been busy with the

Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in


Changi International Airport in


or the Ferrari World indoor theme park in

Abu Dhabi.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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