Confederation Blvd., otherwise known as Sussex Drive, makes up Ottawa’s Ceremonial Route linking Rideau Hall, Parliament Hill and the Prime Minister’s official residence.
In an effort to add a uniform look “worthy of its heritage stature”, Ottawa council is preparing to redevelop a 1.2 kilometre stretch of Confederation Blvd. by widening the street.
Two historic buildings, one the childhood home of Canada’s former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, are scheduled to be demolished to accommodate the city’s plans for wider sidewalks and bike lanes.
According to Heritage Ottawa, the Crown owned homes are “the last vestige of residential working-class buildings along the ceremonial route.”
The National Capital Commission, the crown corporation responsible for planning, development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s capital, have already given permission for the demolition. Although it is unlikely to be approved by the Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee, Ottawa city council has the last say on the decision.
Tell Ottawa council that to sacrifice historically relevant buildings for the sake of aesthetics is unjustifiable and unprincipled.
Remind the National Capital Commission of its role to champion Canada’s capital region as a source of national pride and demand that they spare an integral part of Ottawa’s civic history from destruction.
To: Ottawa City Council and the National Capital Commission (NCC)
We strongly urge you to save the last residential working-class buildings left on Confederation Blvd.
The fact that one of the buildings was a childhood home of Canada’s former Governor General makes these properties too historically valuable to destroy them for the sake of aesthetics.
We demand that the scheduled demolition of these integral pieces of Ottawa’s civic history be cancelled at once and that all heritage properties in the capital region be respected and preserved for the sake of national pride.