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  • Thomas D'Aquino to Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Councillors: Fate of Historic Château Laurier is in Your Hands
    Wednesday, July 24, 2019


    The following letter was sent by Thomas d'Aquino, noted entrepreneur and Member of the Order of Ottawa, to Mayor Jim Watson and all Ottawa City Councillors.

    July 4,...

  • Rivet: Château Laurier fight shows Canada's heritage sites are defenceless
    Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    This situation at the doorstep of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s riding should be a call to action for her, as the federal leader on national historic sites, to address this blatant...

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    Originally published on May 25, 2019


    Heritage Ottawa has reviewed the fifth ‘’official’’ proposal for an addition to the Château Laurier...

  • Gillespie: The Château Laurier could be one of the best hotels in the world. But not this way
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The expansion can and must still be stopped – and better ideas explored toward a new premier hotel for the next century.

    OTTAWA CITIZEN | OPINION, By Alastair Gillespie

    In the wake...

  • Pivotal moment for architecture in wake of Château Laurier plans
    Saturday, July 13, 2019

    CBC RADIO | THE HOUSE, Chris Hall

    An architectural historian says the contentious planned addition to the Château Laurier could be the wake-up call Canada needs to better protect historic...

  • Can the NCC fill the leadership void in the Château Laurier debacle?
    Saturday, July 13, 2019

    Its role is limited, but given the stakes, the public would welcome any leverage

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    It was the first time in three years that Mayor Jim Watson came even...

  • Controversial Chateau Laurier expansion not good enough, McKenna says
    Friday, July 12, 2019

    THE CANADIAN PRESS, By David Reevely

    OTTAWA—Environment Minister Catherine McKenna wants the owners of the iconic Chateau Laurier by Parliament Hill to come up with another plan for an...

  • What's next for the controversial Château Laurier addition?
    Friday, July 12, 2019

    CBC NEWS, By Kate Porter

    Critics opposing the proposed addition to the Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa say their fight is not over, and federal representatives say they're interested in...

  • Château Laurier: No Holding Out for a Hero
    Friday, July 12, 2019

    CONVIVIUM, By Raymond J. de Souza

    The Château Laurier fight is over. The hideous extension will be built and Major’s Hill Park will be despoiled as it will now dwell in the shadow of an...

  • 'Betrayal of democracy': Reviled Château Laurier addition to go ahead
    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    CBC NEWS | By Joanne Chianello, Kate Porter

    Ottawa city council has upheld a decision to allow a reviled addition to the historic Château Laurier hotel, voting down an attempt to reopen the...