Track 6: INTEGRATING OLD AND NEW – BUILDINGS, DISTRICTS, and LANDSCAPES / Volet 6: Intégrer l’ancien et le nouveau – Immeubles, quartiers et paysages

Building Alliances to Protect the Central Experimental Farm National Historic Site: We are All in This Together

Saturday, October 14
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

In November 2014, the Government of Stephen Harper announced that 60 acres of the Central Experimental Farm (CEF) would be donated to the Ottawa Hospital for a new Civic Campus. While a well-intentioned offer (who doesn’t want a new hospital?), it was not based on any understanding of the importance of the Farm, and especially the importance of the scientific research fields that were on offer. The CEF is a scientific research centre studying the long-term effects of climate change on agriculture. Its work supports Canadian agriculture as an industry, and underpins our food security. The CEF is also a national historic site and treasured green space in the city of Ottawa. To persuade all parties differently, a coalition (The Coalition to Protect the Central Experimental Farm) was formed by representatives of the international scientific community, the greenspace community, and the heritage community to educate decision-makers and sway public opinion. It was a two-year struggle to persuade all parties that a win-win was possible if the Hospital was offered another piece of land not on the scientific research fields. This is a textbook case of how heritage must build alliances with others to achieve common goals.

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Leslie Maitland

Past-President and Vice-Chair
Heritage Ottawa

Leslie Maitland is an architectural historian and heritage conservation specialist with 40 years experience in the field. She is the author of several books and many articles on Canada's historic architecture. During her years with the National Historic Sites Directorate of Parks Canada, Leslie contributed to the identification and designation of over 60 national historic sites; wrote numerous reports for the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office; served as Manager for the Heritage Railway Stations Program; wrote policy and worked on management planning for national historic sites and national parks. She has worked in the private sector and currently in the not-for-profit sector with Heritage Ottawa, the National Capital Region's foremost heritage advocacy organisation. She has made presentations on heritage in Canada, the United States and in Latin America.

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