NCC board approves victims of communism memorial in Garden of the Provinces and Territories
Design of memorial still needs to be approved by NCC
A memorial for victims of communism can be built in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories after the National Capital Commission board approved a federal land use request at its meeting Thursday morning.
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The site was previously approved in June 2011, but the NCC approved a different site near the Supreme Court of Canada building on Wellington Street in November 2013, garnering much criticism as the space had previously been pegged for a new federal court building.
In January 2016, the NCC rescinded the use of land near the Supreme Court of Canada, after the new Liberal government joined a host of critics in denouncing the site.
In February, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly invited Canadians to offer online input on a new design for the memorial, as the initial winning design was criticized for its scale.
A new design for the memorial would still need to be approved by the NCC board for the site.
The monument is expected to be complete in 2018.