General News

Heritage Ottawa brings you heritage-related news and developments from Ottawa and the National Capital Region.

  • Library and Archives opens vaults to public tours
    Tuesday, July 18, 2017


    The Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre in Gatineau, seldom open to the public, will soon begin offering guided tours in both English and French.


  • Westbobo Convent still empty five years after development approval
    Sunday, July 16, 2017

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    When Ottawa city council gave Ashcroft Homes approval to develop the former Westboro convent lands, it was with the understanding that the developer would...

  • City Proposes to Expand Heritage Register with homes in Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South
    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    CBC News, By Laurie Fagan

    Sheena Pritchard has lived in her Echo Drive home for 53 years and while she has no plans to move or renovate, she doesn't want the city adding her house — along...

  • Councillor wields new power to put 'bunkhouse' developers on the spot
    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    An Ottawa city councillor fed up with the proliferation of what he calls high-occupancy "bunkhouses" in his ward is invoking a new rule that will force the...

  • Demolition opponents want to save Lester B. Pearson's pre-PM home
    Monday, July 3, 2017

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    Eliane Major remembers her brothers helping Lester B. Pearson push his car out of the snowy driveway of 231 Cobourg St. in the 1950s, when her family lived...

  • Former Planning Chair Peter Hume to Oversee Byward Market Makeover
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    CBC News, By Joanne Chianello

    Peter Hume, a former Ottawa city councillor and planning committee chair, has been picked to oversee the revitalization of the the ByWard and Parkdale markets...

  • NAC offers Sneak Peek inside light-filled "architectural rejuvenation"
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Joanne Laucius

    The NAC is throwing open its doors to the public on Canada Day to offer a look at the first phase of a project aimed at turning Ottawa’s fortress-like...

  • Canada 150: The Integral Role of Indigenous Architects
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    AZURE MAGAZINE, By Daniel Viola

    A painful history of colonization long kept Indigenous people in Canada from creating their own buildings. Today, Indigenous architects are growing in number...

  • Coffman: Right Idea, Wrong Place
    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    By Peter Coffman, Carleton University

    First the good news: the federal government is serious about establishing an indigenous cultural centre in the nation’s capital. This is badly needed...

  • The New Politics of 100 Wellington
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    iPOLITICS, By James Munson

    For a long stretch of Canadian history, the building with the easiest access to Parliament Hill was the U.S. embassy.

    In a few years, it will be a building...