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Note:  To avoid confusion, this story/update is about the separate, stand-alone monument to the mission announced in May 2014 (news release also attached in case link doesn't work), NOT:
A new military memorial in Ottawa to Canada’s mission in Afghanistan is behind schedule, raising doubts about whether it will be completed as planned for Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

The ministerial briefing book for Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly describes the memorial as “a high profile commemoration” and says the department plans to launch a national design competition in the fall of 2015.

But Canadian Heritage, which is managing the project on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada, confirmed this week that no design competition has yet been announced. The department was tight-lipped about the project’s timetable, saying only that further details will be provided “in due course.”

Veteran’s Affairs, the project lead, was similarly vague, saying more information about the memorial and other commemorative initiatives “will be available in the coming months.”


Beyond the fact that it will be placed at Richmond Landing, on the banks of the Ottawa River just east of the Portage Bridge, very little information about the planned memorial has been revealed publicly.

However, a staff report submitted to an in-camera meeting of the National Capital Commission‘s board of directors last January — released to the Citizen by the NCC this week — contains heretofore secret details about the project, most notably its total budget of up to $5 million.

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The NCC document also reveals that the Crown corporation’s board considered granting federal land use approval for two different sites for the memorial during its in-camera meeting last January.

In addition to the selected site at Richmond Landing, the staff report also recommended an alternate location: a 1,100-square-metre triangle of land at the western entrance to the Mackenzie King Bridge, surrounded by Elgin, Albert and Slater streets.

NCC staff said the “Mackenzie King Bridge Triangle” site’s elevated position and location would enhance the new memorial’s visibility. The site also has “strong thematic links” to the National War Memorial and several military-themed commemorations in Confederation Park, the submission says.

But the board approved only the Richmond Landing site and deferred consideration of the Mackenzie King bridge site until more information was provided. The issue became moot when Veterans Affairs accepted the Richmond Landing location ....
Curious to hear from folks in the Ottawa area:  how publicly visible is the proposed site vs. the alternate site NCC seemed to consider at Elgin, Albert and Slater streets?  From the graphic in the story, the Richmond Landing site doesn't look all that public or easily accessible.
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