A MONUMENTAL ISSUE: The Long Term Vision and Plan for Canada's Capital

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00

Planning for Ottawa has been underway since its choice as Canada’s capital in 1858. Focus of this planning has always been on the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts located along Wellington Street. How have these plans evolved, and what is their current state?

The Long Term Vision and Plan for Ottawa’s Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts is now the focus of a national controversy, with plans to erect a large monument on a site originally identified for a third building to complete the "Judicial Triad" - the long planned-for Federal Court Building, to join the Justice Building, and the Supreme Court Building designed by Ernst Cormier.

This talk will examine the impact of the proposed Monument to the Victims of Communism on the Long Term Vision and Plan.


Lyette Fortin, Heritage Consultant, has worked as the Director of Architecture Strategic Planning for the House of Commons of the Parliament of Canada.

Robert Allsopp, leading urban designer has been a key figure in planning and design of the National Capital over the past thirty-five years. Robert prepared the 1987 Long Range Plan for the Parliamentary and the Judicial Precincts, and the plan’s update in 2007, with Roger du Toit and Peter Fletcher Smith of DTAH.



The Lecture is free and there is no need to pre-register. 


Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2