Ottawa Art Gallery Director Showing Plans for New Build To Be Ready in 2016
One of the few projects that will be ready in Ottawa for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 looks to be the new home for the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Firestone Collection.
In 1,350 days or so it will be time for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration—the nation turns 150 in 2017. It’s an important year not only because it is this country’s 150th birthday but also because it’s the 125th anniversary of the first time Lord Stanley’s Cup was awarded, the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League’s founding, the 50th anniversary of the NHL’s first expansion (in 1967) and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the modern day Ottawa Senators. There are a lot of Ottawa-connections in these dates not least of which this city is a G8 capital which means it should spearhead preparations for Canada 150. So what kind of party is planned for 2017?
Not content to wait for federal or provincial leadership, Mayor Jim Watson formed a 2017 Task Force led by his honour and councillors Katherine Hobbs and Rainer Bloess. So far details from the task force are limited to a video on their site (ottawa2017.ca) which features now-departed Sens Captain Daniel Alfredsson and a media release announcing that they have come up with a logo. In addition, the site says, “Ottawa and Gatineau are open for business to celebrate Canada’s big year in 2017.” Not much to go on so far.