Monday, October 25, 2010

Nightmare in Ottawa

"Demise of Nortel campus ends Ottawa’s high-tech dream," reads the headline in the Globe and Mail. The story below details a failure/fiasco on an immense scale:

The Nortel Networks research campus in Ottawa once represented everything the city dreamed of becoming – a world-respected hive of activity staffed by the type of super-nerds who could change the world one algorithm at a time.

But that was then. The city’s dream of escaping its dreary bureaucratic reputation was officially put down this week by a rapidly expanding federal government that is desperate for office space...
You know there's something seriously amiss when real industry takes a nose dive, and the only growth industry is sprawling government bureaucracy (which costs a ton and produces nada). And that occurring with a putatively "conservative" government at the helm.

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