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Egan: Iconic Château Laurier hotel rescue plan dies in knots of our own making

There was something sad and circus-like about how the Château Laurier saga unfolded on Wednesday, strangled in procedural knots — with a touch of poison — to its last breath.

Ottawa city council, as so many suspected, would not give the grand dame of Rideau Street “one more fighting chance”, as Coun. Shawn Menard passionately argued, at keeping her graceful figure.

Instead, we were repeatedly reminded rules are rules — the very ones city hall foolishly imposed — and it was all by the book for three years. In other words, the surgery went wonderfully but the patient is dead.

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