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Victims of communism monument could be unveiled next spring

CBC News
March 19, 2018

Ottawa’s victims of communism memorial could be unveiled as early as next spring, more than a decade after the controversial project was first conceived.

In May 2017, the National Capital Commission decided upon the final design for the memorial, which is set to be built on the west side of the capital’s Garden of the Provinces and Territories at Bay and Wellington streets.

According to Department of Canadian Heritage documents recently obtained by Radio-Canada under access to information legislation, the tendering process and construction were initially scheduled to take 15 months and wrap up in November 2018.

However the NCC has yet to grant its final authorization for the monument, which is necessary before the commission can put out a call for tenders.

That could finally happen at the commission’s April 19 board meeting, according to a memo from Tribute to Liberty, the private foundation created to complete the project.

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