Opponents Ask Court to Block NCC Work on Memorial to Victims of Communism

NCC update on design of Memorial to the Victims of Communism

Friday, June 26, 2015

OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Anais Voski

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Heritage Ottawa, and two architects are challenging in federal court the National Capital Commission’s decision to begin decontamination of the site for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

The group, which includes architects Barry Padolsky and Shirley Blumberg, applied for an injunction to block the Memorial to Victims of Communism from proceeding further.

The lawsuit alleges the NCC violated its procedures for public consultation and acted against the National Capital Act when it decided to prepare the site “despite having no finalized and approved design for the memorial.”

“The law requires meaningful public consultation and prohibits breaking ground on a project before its design is approved,” the groups say in a news release.

The group is asking the government not to erect hoarding around the site and to refrain from breaking ground until the court hearing.

If the work proceeds, the group “will swiftly return to Federal Court for a court-ordered injunction to preserve the site.”

While the group doesn’t oppose to commemorative intent of the memorial, it believes more appropriate sites exist.

The NCC’s board of directors voted Thursday to begin work to decontaminate the site on Wellington Street near the Supreme Court of Canada. They approved plans for a much smaller monument than originally envisioned.

 

Click here to view the Notice of Application filed in Federal Court on June 26, 2015.