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

  • 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...

  • Decoding Five Comments from Council's Château Laurier debate
    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    The three-year debacle over the controversial addition to the Château Laurier hotel came to a quasi-end late Wednesday afternoon in a split vote, though...

  • Council ends Battle Château, motion to pull heritage permit defeated
    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    Cries of “shame” howled from the public gallery Thursday after the majority of city council refused to reconsider a decision that allows the owner of the...

  • '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...

  • Council upholds Château Laurier addition, but will have to vote again Thursday
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson argued and voted in favour of controversial hotel extension

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    City council narrowly defeated a last-ditch attempt to block a...

  • Egan: Château rescue plan dies in knots of our own making
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    THE PROVINCE, By Kelly Egan

    There was something sad and circus-like about how the Château Laurier saga unfolded on Wednesday, strangled in procedural knots — with a touch of poison — to its...

  • City council delays final Château Laurier decision until Thursday
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    City council on Wednesday was poised to let Larco Investments forge ahead with a controversial, boxy design for a seven-storey addition to the Château Laurier...

  • Denley: Keep it simple, Ottawa Council – vote against the current Château Laurier addition
    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    OTTAWA CITIZEN | OPINION, By Randall Denley

    For members of Ottawa Council, Wednesday’s vote on the much-maligned addition to the Château Laurier is not about architecture, or process or...

  • Friends of the Château Laurier Retains Legal Representation in Ongoing Effort to Stop Proposed Addition to Historic Hotel
    Monday, July 8, 2019


    National advocacy group FRIENDS OF THE CHÂTEAU LAURIER has retained legal representation in the course of ongoing efforts to protect the Château Laurier from the...

  • GIBBONS: Council must show some courage on Château Laurier file
    Monday, July 8, 2019

    OTTAWA SUN | OPINION, By Rick Gibbons

    It’s been called everything from an overgrown storage container to an homage to Soviet-style brutalism (thank you, Monte Solberg.) Whatever your...