On June 20, the NCC Board of Directors met to discuss recent and upcoming projects. Here are some of the highlights presented in my Report on Activities.
- The NCC is very pleased to partner with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Tulip Festival, the Legion, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to unveil the Liberation 75 tulip marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, which was carried out for the most part by Canadian soldiers, at the end of the Second World War.
- The NCC will plant 75,000 of these bulbs, and they will also be available to everyone for purchase through the Legion.
- About 400 people participated in a public consultation session on June 18 at the Canadian War Museum, where those present discussed guiding principles that will help shape the master concept plan.
- There is also an online survey, which will close on July 2.
- The NCC is currently collaborating with key stakeholders, including the City of Ottawa, community associations, the business community, and members of the public, to enhance Westboro Beach.
- The first public consultation was on April 29 at the Hintonburg Community Centre, with a second session on May 28 at the Churchill Seniors’ Centre. About 100 people attended and offered many constructive comments, while more than 1,000 people completed online surveys.
- The next step is to present a potential design, which we intend to do by late fall.
Rideau Canal Promenade
- On May 14, the Chair and CEO joined Minister Catherine McKenna; Jean-Claude Poissant, MP for La Prairie; Ottawa Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas; and representatives of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, to officially open the Rideau Canal Promenade, a series of exhibits along the Canal that highlights the history and cultural significance of the Canal to the Capital.
- The NCC designed the landscape elements and carry out the long-term maintenance and preservation of the sites in collaboration with Parks Canada.
Centre for Geography and Exploration
- The CEO joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alex Trebek, and Wade Davis, an honorary vice-president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, on May 14 to officially launch the Centre for Geography and Exploration in the NCC’s restored building at 50 Sussex Drive.
Gatineau Park Parkways
- The Parkways in Gatineau Park are now closed to motorized traffic after dark. The Parkways currently close to motorists about half an hour after sunset, and begin to reopen at 8 a.m.
Gatineau Park Master Plan
- About 100 people attended public consultations regarding the review of the Gatineau Park Master Plan at Camp Fortune on May 21 and in the Urbanism Lab on May 23. An online consultation closed on June 7, having received input from almost 1,000 people.
- Season 5 in the Urbanism Lab will end tonight. The May session introduced the winners of the Capital River Challenge, in which post-secondary students from across Canada were invited to submit visions for the Parkdale node on the Ottawa River’s south shore, and Parc Jacques-Cartier on the Gatineau side.
- Tonight the Lab will host its annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day with presentations on preserving the rich archeological record in the Capital’s riverbanks.
Automated Vehicle Test Facility
- On May 17, Invest Ottawa and its partners hosted an official opening for the L5 Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Test Facilities at the NCC’s Greenbelt Research Farm.