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Council blames city 

To the editor,

The members of HRM's municipal-industrial complex misconstrued the ramifications of the Celine Dion concert controversy and came to the same conclusion as always: They would be rich and famous if it weren't for the wrongheadedness of fellow citizens. Perhaps the source of the problem lies elsewhere.

All kinds of different acts perform at the Metro Centre and no one but their fans and music reviewers take notice. However, the citizens of Halifax feel their attachment to the Common very strongly and have strong opinions about whoever interferes with their use of it. What is really revealed is people's sense of ownership of the Halifax Common.

Privatizing the Common for concerts is ill-conceived. No one show will appeal to everyone and people, who feel their right to use the Common is infringed upon, will complain when profits are generated by the offending event.

Perhaps, instead of jumping on the corporate bandwagon, council should have considered the best interests of citizens and decided against private use of Common land.

By Peter Lavell

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