If the federal government wants to reopen the debate on how to develop Downsview Park, the local councillor and community wants the city to take it over, to make all the decisions.
Maria Augimieri says she wants Ottawa to "set Downsview free" and has started up an online petition to get the Canada Lands company to transfer over the Park to Toronto.
This comes after a memo from Ottawa revealed the future of the Park might be in the air - which includes reopening the development debate. Townhouses and condos have already been OKed for a portion of the land.
Augimieri says the city should make these sort of decisions for the Park, not "a backroom in Parliament Hill." She stresses local residents are concerned about development and says the only reason why the federal government wants to re-open the debate is "greed."
She compares more residential development at Downsview Park to building condos in High Park.
Information on the online petition can be found here.