22 February 2015
This is stretching the terms of our mandate a bit but a majority of the Board felt it was important and appropriate to join the chorus of comments protesting the dedication of a prime area on Parliament Hill to a memorial to the victims of communism. Here is our letter.
Local heritage architect Barry Padolsky was out of the gate first, with an open letter to the Prime Minister before the winning design was even announced (Sep 1, 2014).
Among the many reactions that followed the announcement:
+ an editorial in the Ottawa Citizen (Feb 6)
and numerous other news articles. To date, in just the Citizen and the Globe and Mail, there have been 19 letters to the editor on this topic, all against the plan.
An interesting comparison of sizes of memorials of all kinds (1.9 MB), local and international, by local architect Rick MacEwen reveals that the one proposed for the Hill is way larger than any comparable memorial.