The front of Buckingham Palace in central London. What if someone glued the proposed Château Laurier addition on the back?
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Londoners would not be amusedWe are currently visiting Buckingham Palace and all I can think of is: If London Council were to vote to put that inappropriate appendage as submitted for the Château Laurier on the Palace, no Londoner would take that lying down.Please don’t do it.Lynda Haddon, PerthPay attention to Chinese intimidationRe: Falun Gong incident more reason Canada needs system to handle complaints of Chinese intimidation: Amnesty, July 18.Gerry Smith, a Falun Gong practitioner, bought a child a hamburger in the Dragon Boat Festival area and the CEO of the festival told him to remove his shirt because it had “Falun Dafa” on it. He then threatened to have the practitioners, who were exercising in the park outside the festival area. removed from the park.Smith had done nothing wrong. The practitioners had done nothing wrong.Smith and the Falun Gong/ Falun Dafa practitioners asked for an apology. That simple act would have ended the issue, but no, it seems nobody was willing.There is a backstory here. As Mayor Jim Watson has noted, Ottawa has had a Sister City Agreement with Beijing since the 1990s and the federal government has been a part of many trade delegations to China. It seem that our mayor and councillors are now walking on eggs, afraid of offending the Chinese Communist regime. This is not surprising given the regime’s expertise in psychological manipulation. Consequently our mayor and councillors have gotten a bit confused, and have forgotten who they were elected to represent.I look forward to further discussions and I hope our taxpayers in Ottawa are paying attention.Kathy Gillis, NepeanNo one likes these too-tall buildingsRe: Menard – Break up planning committee and bring democracy back to Ottawa City Hall, July 18.Shawn Menard recommends that the current municipal planning committee be split in two, with one committee in charge of downtown urban affairs and the other responsible for the suburbs. What a great idea!I live downtown and am totally disgusted with the current state of Ottawa municipal planning. Very tall buildings are approved for areas where they were never included in the Official Plan and councillors consistently back amendments to the plan brought by the developers. No wonder there is little interest in the next official planning exercise.No one wants to live beside these ugly wind-tunnel monstrosities. The Citizen published an article a few weeks ago about a consultation with urban dwellers on city design. The respondents favoured maximum four-six-storey buildings because these are friendly, allow sunlight and encourage neighbourliness. They are on a human scale. Anything taller is an affront.With regard to campaign donations from developers, I am appalled that this practice is allowed. It is nothing less than bribery and should be outlawed. I am amazed that councillors have the gall to take this money – and even more amazed that Ottawans continue to vote for these people. Let us speak up against the current state of urban planning in Ottawa.Andrée Chartier, OttawaZach Smith deserved betterRe: Ottawa Senators: Zack Smith heading to Chicago in trade for Artem Anisimov, July 16.I am an Ottawa Senators fan but also a huge fan of one of my favourite players, Zack Smith. I was very disappointed to see your “goodbye” to him in the Citizen last week. Ten years with the organization doesn’t deserve at least a photograph in print? Instead, there was one of Artem Anisimov.Zack, you will be missed both on and off the ice. In my opinion, you played your heart out each and every game for the Senators. Thank you and best of luck in Chicago.Lori MacMaster, Glengarry