The Alexandra Bridge Coalition
UPDATE: June 2, 2022
Presentation to federal Standing Committee on Expanding the Federal Jurisdiction for the Operational Security of the Parliamentary Precinct to include sections of Wellington and Sparks Streets
The Alexandra Bridge Coalition was invited to make a presentation to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs who are considering the question of Expanding the Federal Jurisdiction for the Operational Security of the Parliamentary Precinct. We thank our spokesperson, Claude Royer, who brought the important part the Alexandra Bridge plays in the Confederation Boulevard loop to the attention of the committee.
CLICK HERE to see the Coalition's PowerPoint presentation.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) hosted Virtual Information Sessions on the Alexandra Bridge Replacement Project on April 12 & 13, 2022 on the environmental, heritage and cultural impacts of the proposed bridge replacement strategy. The opportunity to submit comments followed.
Read the Alexandra Bridge Coalition comments HERE.
Click on our Key Messages below to learn more.
The Alexandra Bridge Coalition (ABC), formed to protect the future of the historic Alexandra Bridge, is an inter-provincial, multi-disciplinary Coalition made up of advocates from the heritage, transportation and environmental sectors. Read our Media Release (April 30, 2021) HERE.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the National Capital Commission (NCC) have taken the position that the bridge has to be demolished and replaced, despite the fact that completion of required impact studies have not yet been done, or made public, which would allow for a transparent, evidence-based decision. The NCC released a survey asking for public input on the bridge replacement. Its replacement was not presented as an option, but as a 'fait accompli'.
In January, 2022, the Alexandra Bridge Coalition wrote to Tobi Nussbaum, CEO of the NCC, and the Hon. Filomena Tassi, Minister of PSPC, asking that the project to demolish the Alexandra Bridge be halted pending the completion and publication of the required environmental, socioeconomic, life cycle and cultural impact assessments, including the rehabilitation of the bridge for active transportation, especially in light of the Government of Canada's own commitment to renew heritage sites and cultural landscapes, and its policies on climate change and green infrastructure. An independent peer review of these options was also requested. Read the LETTER HERE.
The ABC proposes that the Bridge be retained for its national built-heritage value and significance, and repurposed for green infrastructure transportation.
Read the ABC's KEY MESSAGES HERE.
Read the ABC's LIST OF SIGNATORIES HERE.
Watch The Alexandra Bridge: Its Construction, Its Significance, Its Future, presented by Heritage Ottawa, and learn about the bridge's construction from 1898 to 1901, the rationale for the cantilevered design, its conversion from rail to vehicular use, as well as the significant role that bridges have played in our collective consciousness and examples of community-driven efforts to save threatened bridges, both within Canada and abroad.
POST ELECTION 2021 ACTION
The Alexandra Bridge Coalition calls upon Canadians to contact the Prime Minister and the new Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, Filomena Tassi, to DEFEND OUR HERITAGE AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT and exercise their authority to protect the Alexandra Bridge, an iconic landmark in the Nation's Capital, from demolition.
Read the ABC's letter to the Prime Minister HERE.
Read the ABC's letter to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada HERE.
FEDERAL ELECTIONS 2021
The Alexandra Bridge Coalition asked local candidates from the major political parties in Ottawa-Gatineau to make public their position on the future of the Alexandra Bridge. Read the CANDIDATES' RESPONSES HERE.
Read our Election Media Release (September 15, 2021) HERE.