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05-29-2011, 01:57 PM
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New Gatineau Olympique Arena

So Last week Gatineau finally voted to approve a new arena! Well sorta, they still have to get approval from Federal and Provincal Governments to get 2/3rds of it funded. I love the old Bob feel, but it really did need to go a long time ago!

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Gatineau residents have big ideas for the new 5,000-seat complex to be constructed on the site of the nearly 60-year-old Robert Guertin Arena.

Some say a new facility should host events beyond just hockey, making "The Bob" a more multi-purpose venue and a nice boost for the community.

Gatineau City Council decided on Tuesday to demolish the Robert Guertin building. The facility's seating capacity currently falls short of the Quebec Junior Hockey League's requirements for at least 3,500 seats.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...tin-arena.html

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I definitely have mixed emotions on this...

Do you think they'll auction off the seats, or just give them away à la the Peterborough Petes when they renovated the Memorial Centre? Either way, I'd like to try to get my hands on an authentic seat from the Bob.

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Again...? It makes like what, 10 times now, they announce that a new arena will be build?

Stop telling us there will be a new arena and build it period.

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Well Gatineau is doing a lot to try and make it more appealing to live in. They are doing a whole downtown revival. I believe this time is going to be the one that actually creates a building. I don't like that they are going smaller venue again. In the playoffs they draw way more then 5k. I have seen people line up in droves to get tickets for Playoff games only to find out they are sold out.

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Well Gatineau is doing a lot to try and make it more appealing to live in. They are doing a whole downtown revival. I believe this time is going to be the one that actually creates a building. I don't like that they are going smaller venue again. In the playoffs they draw way more then 5k. I have seen people line up in droves to get tickets for Playoff games only to find out they are sold out.
Well... I live here and seriously, for the new downtown revival, you can forget that. Gatineau is not Québec City, this is a civil servant city. This city is suppose to be a place where you can just relax from a Ottawa. You don't want to have big buildings all around the city just like the other side of the river, you just want the city to be quiet. A new arena is great, but don't make it too big, it's useless. Don't build it in the downtown, there is no parking place... and it's too far from Gatineau. The perfect place is the actual site (next to the highway and an important boulevard - Les Allumetières). I hope it's going to be build here and I really hope the project they proposed will work, but I don't think the money will be that easy to get. We asked money to build a new sport place at Gatineau for the Quebec Games and I think they want to build - or they will build - a 2 ice rink in Gatineau, too, soon. So...... I don't think the government will like the fact that we ask for money again...

Anyway, we'll see...

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Well... I live here and seriously, for the new downtown revival, you can forget that. Gatineau is not Québec City, this is a civil servant city. This city is suppose to be a place where you can just relax from a Ottawa. You don't want to have big buildings all around the city just like the other side of the river, you just want the city to be quiet. A new arena is great, but don't make it too big, it's useless. Don't build it in the downtown, there is no parking place... and it's too far from Gatineau. The perfect place is the actual site (next to the highway and an important boulevard - Les Allumetières). I hope it's going to be build here and I really hope the project they proposed will work, but I don't think the money will be that easy to get. We asked money to build a new sport place at Gatineau for the Quebec Games and I think they want to build - or they will build - a 2 ice rink in Gatineau, too, soon. So...... I don't think the government will like the fact that we ask for money again...

Anyway, we'll see...
I live here too, just Minutes away from the Arena. Yes it is pretty much the perfect site, well parking still sucks where it is. But did you not see the Gatineau council proposal for the new downtown? It's going to happen. They want to compete with Ottawa and get more money spent over here. I doubt that there is going to be a huge fight for money. Gatineau is growing insanely right now on the west side. I just want a midrange arena, similar to say Brampton's Powerade Centre, but just slightly bigger.

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I live here too, just Minutes away from the Arena. Yes it is pretty much the perfect site, well parking still sucks where it is. But did you not see the Gatineau council proposal for the new downtown? It's going to happen. They want to compete with Ottawa and get more money spent over here. I doubt that there is going to be a huge fight for money. Gatineau is growing insanely right now on the west side. I just want a midrange arena, similar to say Brampton's Powerade Centre, but just slightly bigger.
Oupps ^^ I don't know why, but I saw Kingston on your location XD

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Well... I live here and seriously, for the new downtown revival, you can forget that. Gatineau is not Québec City, this is a civil servant city. This city is suppose to be a place where you can just relax from a Ottawa. You don't want to have big buildings all around the city just like the other side of the river, you just want the city to be quiet. A new arena is great, but don't make it too big, it's useless. Don't build it in the downtown, there is no parking place... and it's too far from Gatineau. The perfect place is the actual site (next to the highway and an important boulevard - Les Allumetières). I hope it's going to be build here and I really hope the project they proposed will work, but I don't think the money will be that easy to get. We asked money to build a new sport place at Gatineau for the Quebec Games and I think they want to build - or they will build - a 2 ice rink in Gatineau, too, soon. So...... I don't think the government will like the fact that we ask for money again...

Anyway, we'll see...
Like it or not gatineau is a growing city and soon no longer will be a smaller city where you can relax i see it it in the next 5-10 years beeing more like brampton.As for the money i can't see much of a fight the goverment should want to see gatineau updated to go with the new gov buildings so a new arena would benfit the goverment in many ways.

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Gatineau could be an amazing little city, not playing second fiddle to Ottawa.... they just need to change the travel across the bridges fast! Like Manhattan style!

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The problem in Gatineau is that citizens elect lazy mayors who are not visionnary at all. Of course, not every city has the luxury of having a Labeaume, but Marc Bureau is certainly not the guy to make this city a vibrant and exciting one.

As for transportation, right now it`s the worst i`ve seen in my life (and i've lived 20 years here). Adding a bridge could help, but that might take 100 years before it happens. Everyone thinks that the ''rapibus'' will solve all the problems in the region. They will be disappointed.

A visionnary mayor would have probably even looked at options like striking a deal with the Ontario side to extend the O-Train all the way to the casino. It would have been feasible at some point, but not anymore.

I fear we`ll see personal stargates be commercialized before we get another bridge here.

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The problem in Gatineau is that citizens elect lazy mayors who are not visionnary at all. Of course, not every city has the luxury of having a Labeaume, but Marc Bureau is certainly not the guy to make this city a vibrant and exciting one.

As for transportation, right now it`s the worst i`ve seen in my life (and i've lived 20 years here). Adding a bridge could help, but that might take 100 years before it happens. Everyone thinks that the ''rapibus'' will solve all the problems in the region. They will be disappointed.

A visionnary mayor would have probably even looked at options like striking a deal with the Ontario side to extend the O-Train all the way to the casino. It would have been feasible at some point, but not anymore.

I fear we`ll see personal stargates be commercialized before we get another bridge here.
What i would like to see is one bus system for ottawa and gatineau not 2 different systems.

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What i would like to see is one bus system for ottawa and gatineau not 2 different systems.
It would be quite a headache to manage, with the vast area of the region and the money coming from so many different sources (cities, governments).

A better coordination between the 2 systems could be done though.

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The problem in Gatineau is that citizens elect lazy mayors who are not visionnary at all. Of course, not every city has the luxury of having a Labeaume, but Marc Bureau is certainly not the guy to make this city a vibrant and exciting one.

As for transportation, right now it`s the worst i`ve seen in my life (and i've lived 20 years here). Adding a bridge could help, but that might take 100 years before it happens. Everyone thinks that the ''rapibus'' will solve all the problems in the region. They will be disappointed.

A visionnary mayor would have probably even looked at options like striking a deal with the Ontario side to extend the O-Train all the way to the casino. It would have been feasible at some point, but not anymore.

I fear we`ll see personal stargates be commercialized before we get another bridge here.
I would like to see another mayor, but not a Labeaume style. You never get anything but crap with a mayor like Labeaume. As a citizen, you want your mayor to be here when you need something, you don't want him to bother everybody in the world to get something he wants.

I've been told new bridges will not change anything for the traffic. The real problem with the city is that nobody agree with what kind of city they want. The fusion was a bad idea. Each sectors of the town is so different right now, it's getting impossible to manage.

Everybody's trying to go too fast and the first thing we now, we just end with more problems.

Before building new buildings, they should start improving the quality of life. A big project is very cool the first year, but after 3 years, when everything will need to be maintained and the city wouldn't be able to afford the cost, everything will just come back to what it was.

Start with the small projects, do it great, proof you can do it, and than, you can come out with some bigger project.

But right now, it's looks like Bureau is trying to do everything at the same time. It will end with a big fail... which is worst than a few small wins, by the way...

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Marc: i disagree with a lot of what you said.

1. Labeaume does listen. Earlier in his mandate, he asked the general population for ideas to improve the city. He gives this impression of a stubborn troublemaker, but he gets things done. He`s stubborn, yes, but i think his attitude reflects the people of his region when it comes to projects in the whole nation of Québec.. there`s too much F'ing around. It takes too long, and nothing gets done. He`s trying to change that. I`d LOVE a mayor like that. He just needs to work on his temper sometimes with media, but that`s about it

2. What gatineau needs is not small projects, it`s BIG projects. The city is 3rd or 4th in terms of size in all of Québec, and it`s growing more and more. Of course, we should pray for only small projects from Bureau, because chances are he`d totally screw up big ones. C'est un mou. Nothing happens with him.

Right now, in the Outaouais, what are there in terms of attractions? a museum and a casino? The Parc de la Gatineau is great, but there are big national parks everywhere in Québec. What does the region have that`s unique and can attract people? nothing much. For a big city like Gatineau, there should be more. Gatineau doesn`t even have a downtown! Bureau got this bright idea of creating a downtown, and putting the new arena at the center of it, but he just improvised it and it was a badly drawn plan. Of course, he now got shot down.

3. IMO, a new bridge would help tremendously. The traffic in rush hour is becoming unbearable. It`s the beginning of summer, and people are stuck an hour and a half in traffic just to get from downtown ottawa to Gatineau.. it`s ridiculous. A bridge in the east part would help, especially with all the constant construction everywhere.
Of course, i`m dreaming.. i don`t believe i`ll see a new bridge in my lifetime.

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Looks like this will happen after all!

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/actu...8_section_POS1

Care of Google Translate...

Quebec has ended the suspense on Monday afternoon, confirming a contribution of 26.5 million to the proposed new auditorium of the City of Gatineau.

Gatineau will pay the other half of the new Guertin, whose bill is estimated at 53 million.

The new arena of 4000 seats and 40 corporate boxes will be created along the Allumettières Boulevard, near the current center Robert Guertin.

In addition to the hockey games of the Gatineau Olympiques, the new arena is expected to host 25 major events a year, said Mayor Marc Bureau

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