Google
Kingston Concerned About the LVEC
Currently known as the "KROCK Centre"
Formerly the "Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre" or KRSEC
Formerly the "Large Venue Entertainment Centre" or LVEC
Home   News
CKWS-TV July 10 2008

Rosen Court

July 10, 2008

KINGSTON MAYOR HARVEY ROSEN AND FORMER CITY COUNCILLOR RICK DOWNES, SQUARED OFF IN A KINGSTON COURTROOM TODAY.

DOWNES, WHO RAN UNSUCCESSFULLY FOR MAYOR DURING THE LAST MUNICIPAL ELECTION, IS TAKING ROSEN TO COURT ALLEGING THE MAYOR VIOLATED MUNICIPAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAWS.

NEWSWATCH'S CHRIS HARVEY HAS THE STORY.

"GOOD MORNING.

SIR ARE YOU FINALLY GLAD TO GET THIS OUT OF THE WAY.

ABSOLUTELY."

KINGSTON MAYOR HARVEY ROSEN ARRIVED AT THE FRONTENAC COUNTY COURTHOUSE, ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE SHARON.

THIS MAN, FORMER CITY COUNCILLOR RICK DOWNES, FILED A LAW SUIT AGAINST THE MAYOR, ALLEGING THAT ROSEN VIOLATED MUNICIPAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAWS .

RICK DOWNES:

"I THINK THAT A LOT OF ISSUES HAVE COME OUT IN THIS COURT CASE THAT THE PUBLIC CAN NOW SEE.

I THINK THAT THE WHOLE PROCESS WITH REGARD TO THE LVEC IS NOW MORE TRANSPARENT AS A RESULT OF THIS CASE."

THE ISSUE- SITE SELECTION FOR KINGSTON'S NEW SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE.

IN 2004 ROSEN SUPPORTED A MOVE TO PUT THE NEW ARENA ON ANGLIN BAY... AND BUY UP PROPERTY OWNED BY BUSINESSMAN JOHN WRIGHT.

DOWNES SAYS WHEN ROSEN VOTED IN FAVOUR OF THJE SITE... HE FAILED TO DECLARE A CONFLICT... THE SAME CONFLICT THAT KEPT HIM FROM VOTING ON THE NAMING RIGHTS FOR THE ARENA THIS PAST FEBRUARY

THE MAYOR 'DID' DECLARE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BECAUSE HE RENTS OFFICE SPACE TO WRIGHT'S RADIO STATION ((K-ROCK)).

DOWNES TOLD THE COURT HE WANTS TO KNOW WHY MAYOR ROSEN DECLARED A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FEBRUARY OVER THE NAMING RIGHTS DEAL, BUT NOT IN 2004.

IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION ROSEN'S' LAWYER TOLD THE COURT THERE WAS "NO EVIDENCE" PRESENTED AND DOWNES CASE RELIED ON "INNUENDO" AND "COMMON KNOWLEDGE"....

THE JUDGE HAS RESERVED HIS RULING ON WHETHER OR NOT ROSEN WAS IN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST... AND WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE A TRIAL IN THE CASE.

HARVEY ROSEN:

"WELL THE MATTER'S IN THE COURT'S HANDS NOW. ALL THE EVIDENCE IS IN AND I'M AS ANXIOUS ANYONE TO HEAR WHAT THE RESULTS ARE."

RICK DOWNES SAYS FOR HIM THIS CASE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT TRANSPARENCY IN MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT.... AND NOT BECAUSE ROSEN DEFEATED HIM FOR THE MAYOR'S JOB IN 2006.

AT THE FRONTENAC COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CHRIS HARVEY, CKWS NEWSWATCH, KINGSTON.