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Appeal for Financial Support: Legal Action to Move the Memorial To the Victims of Communism

Appeal for Financial Support: Legal Action to Move the Memorial To the Victims of Communism

Appeal for Financial Support: Legal Action to Move the Memorial To the Victims of Communism Donations are being accepted in support of this legal action: To find out more go to story below at http://www.builtheritagenews.ca/show_news.cfm?id=900&t=1#.VZGxfGCyz6k. +read

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Canada Day Fireworks (NOT) in Bala Falls--Public Events Prohibited by Hydro Developer in Public Park

Catherine Nasmith
Jul 03, 2015
Margaret Burgess Park, Photo Liz Lundell
Margaret Burgess Park, Photo Liz Lundell
For 5 years the Moon River Property Owners Association MROPA has held a summer picnic in Bala to celebrate life on the Moon River on the weekend closest to Canada Day. The event includes a big Canada Day cake, games and just generally hanging out with neighbours. The event was scheduled for July 4, ... +read

Appeal for Financial Support: Legal Action to Move the Memorial To the Victims of Communism

Move the Monument Coalition
Jun 29, 2015

On June 26, 2015, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Heritage Ottawa, and architects Barry Padolsky and Shirley Blumberg filed an application in the Federal Court. They are challenging the National Capital Commission’s decision to break ground for the Memorial to the Victims of Commu... +read

York Square: Redevelopment Scheme Preserves Next to Nothing

Catherine Nasmith
Jun 25, 2015
The restaurant is still operating, catch a drink there before it goes! photo R. Longley
The restaurant is still operating, catch a drink there before it goes! photo R. Longley
The planning process to redevelop York Square is well advanced, has had a public meeting and a working group process. So far, preservation of the complex is barely getting lip service. Last week I attended the final working group meeting regarding the proposed redevelopment of York Square, at the c... +read

Huffington Post: Film and Article on Bala Falls Hydro

The Bala Falls Hydroelectric Plant Is a Moral Injustice

Rob Stewart
Jul 03, 2015

As a child fascinated with animals, the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario was magical. It was the place I visited every summer to catch frogs and turtles--beautiful tea-coloured lakes, home to monster-sized pike and trout that captured my imagination. My parents would take me to Bala, the town we most... +read

Globe and Mail: Hamilton Revival

Abandoned Hamilton knitting mill reveals potential for new chapters

Dave Le Blanc
Jul 03, 2015

  It’s a weekend morning in Hamilton. Hard sunlight bounces off a few slow-moving automobiles – even boom-boom stereos are dialled down – and pedestrians are sparse. Most are still inside making plans for errands, relaxation, or just going with the flow. Morning is, after al... +read

CBC: Crumbling brickwork, Queen and Parliament

Bricks tumble onto Queen East sidewalk and street


Jun 28, 2015

  A pile of bricks tumbled onto both the sidewalk and Queen Street East on Saturday afternoon, tying up some traffic and prompting a structural engineer to be called in. The westbound lanes of Queen Street East remained closed on Saturday evening after crumbling red bricks fell during an afte... +read

Globe and Mail: Legal Challenge to NCC decision on Victims of Communism Monument

Coalition launches legal challenge over anti-communism memorial work

Bill Curry
Jun 28, 2015

The battle over the memorial to victims of communism is heading to Federal Court after a coalition of architects and heritage advocates launched a legal challenge. The move comes a day after the board of the National Capital Commission, a Crown corporation, voted 6-3 to allow Public Works to start ... +read

The Record: Learning from Mayfair Mistakes?

Group seeks inquiry into Kitcheners handling of Mayfair demolition

Catherine Thompson
Jun 28, 2015
Crews work to demolish Kitchener's historic Mayfair Hotel in May. On Monday, city council will be asked to establish an independent inquiry into the handling of the demolition.A group of citizens will appear before city council Monday to ask for an independent inquiry into the city's handling of the... +read

The Record: Could the Loss of the Mayfair Been Prevented?

Is Kitchener learning from its heritage preservation mistakes?

Catherine Thompson
Jun 28, 2015

"Cultural heritage resources are non-renewable, and once lost cannot be regained." — City of Kingston KITCHENER — As the dust settles from the demolition of the former Mayfair Hotel, and the last bricks from the 1905 building are carted away, many residents wonder at Kitchener's legacy ... +read

CBC: Opposition to Communism Monument Seek Injunction

Architecture, heritage groups file lawsuit over communism memorial


Jun 26, 2015

Federal lawsuit alleges National Capital Commission violated its own consultation process Heritage and architecture supporters have banded together to file a federal lawsuit against the proposed memorial to victims of communism, one day after the National Capital Commission unveiled plans for a sma... +read

Globe and Mail: NCC Gives Go Ahead to Decontaminate Court Site

Preparation work to start on Ottawa monument to victims of communism

Bill Curry
Jun 26, 2015

Preparation work to start on Ottawa monument to victims of communismBILL CURRYOttawa — The Globe and MailPublished Thursday, Jun. 25, 2015 1:30PM EDTLast updated Friday, Jun. 26, 2015 5:16AM EDT126 comments 251206441 Print /License AA Digging will begin this summer in preparation for the co... +read

Hamilton Spectator: Auchmar Estate Victory

Auchmar sale on hold

Matthew Van Dongen
Jun 25, 2015
The city has suspended a private sale of Auchmar for six months to give public groups an additional chance.
The city has suspended a private sale of Auchmar for six months to give public groups an additional chance.
The city has suspended negotiations with "multiple" would-be buyers of Auchmar Estate to give residents one more shot at keeping the heritage building in public hands. Ward Coun. Terry Whitehead urged councillors Wednesday to put off any sale negotiations for six months to give a recently formed "r... +read

PBS: Will development help or hurt Cuba's iconic architecture

forwarded by Alex Taranu
Jun 25, 2015
Havana Streetscape, photo credit Nasmith
Havana Streetscape, photo credit Nasmith
GWEN IFILL: And now to the latest installment in our “NewsHour” series on the Cuban Evolution. Tonight, Jeffrey Brown explores Havana’s aging and, in many cases, crumbling infrastructure that puts Cuba’s culture, character and charm at risk. JEFFREY BROWN: It is a city of r... +read

Ottawa Citizen: NCC to Consider Victims of Communism Monument Thursday

Political interference' moved Victims Of Communism Memorial to controversial site, MP charges

Tom Spears
Jun 24, 2015

  Acrimony over plans for a massive monument to victims of communism near the Supreme Court could make Thursday’s meeting of the National Capital Commission board the most contentious in years. Veterans are coming to the meeting to protest the monument. Too big, they say, and in the wro... +read

Globe and Mail: Chateau Frontenac Renovations

Ch√Ęteau Frontenac reaches out to a new generation

Josh O'Kane
Jun 23, 2015

  The orange and burgundy were too dark. They had to go. The architectural details of the Fairmont Château Frontenac’s lobby had historic value, but the ceiling’s old paint job didn’t. So management made it a brighter, icy blue. Same with the carpets. Now the place look... +read

Globe and Mail: Union Station Behind Schedule and Over Budget

Toronto Union Station renovations behind schedule, $160-million over budget

Anne Hui
Jun 23, 2015

Renovations to Toronto’s Union Station will not be completed until 2017 at the earliest – two years behind schedule and $160-million over the original budget. The city’s government management committee met Monday to approve an additional $4-million for the project, bringing the to... +read

Globe and Mail: Obituary Roger du Toit

Roger du Toit: Urban designer reshaped Canadian cities

Adele Webber
Jun 23, 2015
Roger du Toit, one of Canada's best
Roger du Toit, one of Canada's best
In an age of specialization, urban planners are by definition highly multidisciplinary, cultivating or enlisting others with skills in architecture, urbanization, landscaping and project management. But few in the planning field have been as widely and deeply skilled as Roger du Toit. His wide-rangi... +read

New York Daily News: Demolition of Marilyn Monroe's Teenage Residence

Marilyn Monroes former California home demolished despite protests from fans

Melissa Chan, forwarded by Richard Longley
Jun 20, 2015

  Marilyn Monroe's former California home at 5258 Hermitage Ave. in Valley Village pictured before its demolition.Marilyn Monroe fans in California are heartbroken after the former home of the Hollywood starlet was suddenly bulldozed days before it was set to be considered for landmark status.... +read

NOW Magazine: End of the Waverly Hotel in Toronto

Waverly Goodbye

Richard Longley
Jun 18, 2015

If its elegance had been maintained, the Waverly might be considered "boutique" today, but that's not going to happen in rapidly homogenizing Toronto Eleven years before she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, 19-year-old Amelia Earhart was a nurse's aid at the Spadina Military ... +read

New blog on the Ontario Heritage Act and policy issues: OHA+M

Dan Schneider
Jun 01, 2015
Photo taken by Catherine Nasmith
Photo taken by Catherine Nasmith
Long-time policy wonk Dan Schneider now blogs on heritage legislation and policy issues in Ontario. Dan invites readers to comment and make suggestions for future posts. Check it out!... +read

Events
ACO Picnic at Bala Falls
August 8, 2015
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Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour
Sun., June 28, 2015
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