2. COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT IN PIAZZA DANTE PARK
MONUMENT COMMÉMORATIF AU PARC PIAZZA DANTE
That City Council approve the installation of a Commemorative Monument in Piazza Dante Park by the Italian Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc., as outlined in this report and described in Documents 1 & 2.
Recommandation DU Comité
Que le Conseil approuve l’installation, par l’ Italian Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc., d’un monument commémoratif dans le parc Piazza Dante, comme il est expliqué dans le présent rapport et décrit dans les Documents 1 et 2.
1. Deputy City Manager, City Operations report dated 12 May 2011 (ACS2011-COS-PRC-0004).
and Council / et au Conseil
12 May 2011 / le 12 mai 2011
Contact Person/Personne ressource : Dan Chenier, General Manager
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/directeur général, Services des parcs, du loisir et de la culture (613) 580-2424 x 24295, Dan.Chenier@ottawa.ca
Ref N°: ACS2011-COS-PRC-0004
That the Community and Protective Services Committee recommend that City Council approve the installation of a Commemorative Monument in Piazza Dante Park by the Italian Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc., as outlined in this report and described in Documents 1 & 2.
Que le Comité des services communautaires et de protection recommande au Conseil d’approuver l’installation, par l’ Italian Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc., d’un monument commémoratif dans le parc Piazza Dante, comme il est expliqué dans le présent rapport et décrit dans les Documents 1 et 2.
In 2008, the Federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration established the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), to provide funding for community-based commemorative and educational projects to recognize the experiences of ethno-cultural communities affected by historical wartime measures and/or immigration restrictions applied in Canada, and to promote these communities’ contributions to building Canada.
In September 2008, the Italian Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc. (ICCC) applied for funding under the program to install a monument commemorating the Second World War internment of Italian Canadians from the City of Ottawa.
The purpose of the monument is to increase the knowledge and understanding of the impact of the internment during the Second World War on the Italian Canadian community and of their contributions to building a strong Canada during the Post War period, and to contribute to healing and reconciliation amongst internee descendants.
In December 2009, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration approved a grant to the ICCC to prepare and install the commemorative monument, as well as a number of other initiatives and activities, including a time capsule and preparation of an educational booklet to provide historical facts and interpretation for the monument and time capsule, with a particular focus on the National Capital Region, to ensure that their purpose is known and well understood.
Upon the announcement of the Historical Community Recognition grant in January 2010, the ICCC approached the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department to propose that the commemorative monument be installed in Piazza Dante Park. Piazza Dante is a small public park and urban plaza located at 470 Booth Street and across the street from St. Anthony’s Church, in the historic heart of the City’s Italian Canadian community.
Piazza Dante was originally developed as a 1967 Centennial project and has served as a central public plaza for the community for over 40 years. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department have long identified this park as requiring redevelopment. In 2007, a comprehensive design and consultation process was completed for Piazza Dante Park, and community consensus was achieved on a Concept Redevelopment Plan for the park.
In 2010, Councillor Diane Holmes identified the redevelopment of Piazza Dante as a priority project for funding under the Ward Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Reserves. Staff has since proceeded with the preparation of detailed design and contract documents for the redevelopment project and has identified an appropriate location for the installation of the proposed commemorative monument in the redevelopment plan (Document 1).
The text for the proposed commemorative monument has been approved by the Federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration and is reproduced in Document 2. The text will be inscribed in English, French and Italian on the monument.
It is anticipated that park construction will begin in mid-June 2011, with a scheduled completion date at the end of August. Should City Council approve the proposed commemorative monument, it will be installed under a separate contract by the ICCC in September 2011, followed by a public commemoration event in October 2011. All capital costs for the preparation and installation of the proposed commemorative monument will be borne by the ICCC through their CHRP grant.
The ICCC will retain ownership of the commemorative monument and will assume responsibility for the monument’s ongoing maintenance, including regular cleaning, removal of graffiti, required repairs and life cycle replacement. The ICCC currently has an Adopt-the-Park maintenance agreement with the City for Piazza Dante; such agreement will be updated to include the ICCC’s specific maintenance responsibilities for the commemorative monument.
There are no environmental implications to this report.
There are no rural implications to this report.
A public meeting was held on May 9th, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Church to present the final redevelopment plan, as well as the design and text of the Commemorative Monument proposed for Piazza Dante Park. The park design and monument were well received by the public in attendance.
COMMENTS BY THE WARD COUNCILLOR
Councillor Holmes is aware of and supportive of the recommendation of this report.
LEGAL/RISK MANAGEMENT IMPLICATIONS
There are no legal/risk management impediments to implementing the recommendation in this report.
CITY STRATEGIC PLAN
A Caring and Inclusive City
· Heritage events, programs and facilities encourage participation by the city’s entire and diverse population.
· The City and its community partners will continue to develop initiatives that target the educational and cultural needs of specific groups and constituents.
A Creative City, Rich in Heritage, Unique in Identity
· By fostering citizen engagement and increasing available resources, the City and its community partners will have the capacity to effectively collect, preserve, research and present Ottawa’s rich history and heritage.
· Supporting the City Archives program and initiatives, and investing in a state of the art archival storage facility, ensures the long-term preservation and presentation of Ottawa’s rich urban and rural documentary heritage.
· The designation, preservation and commemoration of built heritage, natural heritage, burial grounds and cemeteries, archaeological resources, cultural heritage landscapes, and streetscapes reinforce Ottawa’s sense of place.
· Heritage research and innovative interpretive and educational programs foster creativity by supporting artists, local historians, community-based heritage projects and performances.
A City of Distinct, Livable Communities
· The preservation and presentation of local cultural and natural heritage is recognized as one communities.
· Communities themselves are the sources and sites of heritage programs as evidenced in their streetscapes, built environment, natural heritage, sacred spaces and green areas.
· Through such means as community design plans and “complete communities” initiatives, the City will strive to ensure that all areas, wards and neighbourhoods have adequate facilities or venues to accommodate and showcase local heritage.
Current Actions: Provide a culturally appropriate site for the installation of a Commemorative Monument to promote knowledge and understanding of the impact of the internment during the Second World War on the Italian Canadian community in Ottawa and of their contributions to building a strong Canada during the Post War period, and to contribute to healing and reconciliation amongst internee descendants.
There are no financial implications associated with this report. All costs for preparation, installation and maintenance of the commemorative monument will be borne by the Italian Canadian Community Centre.
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will implement City Council’s direction, with the assistance of the Infrastructure Services Department.
Piazza Dante - Memorial Wall
This Memorial Wall is a
testament to the Italian Canadians of Ottawa for their perseverance, courage,
and loyalty to Canada during the Second World War (1939 - 1945).
With Italy’s declaration of war against the allied forces on June 10, 1940, Canadians of Italian origin were declared enemy aliens. Thousands of men and women across Canada were required to report to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Approximately 630 were sent to internment camps. Though no charges were ever laid against them, five Ottawa men of Italian origin were interned in camps in Petawawa, Ontario and Gagetown, New Brunswick.
Italian Canadians in Ottawa
participated fully in supporting Canada’s war effort. Many served in Canada’s armed forces and five
Italian Canadians from Ottawa died fighting overseas for their country.
Internees Included Died in the Line of Duty
Giuseppe Costantini Anthony
Vittorio Sabetta Domenic Calderone
Carlo Scarabelli Adrian Girolami
Gino Tiezzi Frank Prosperine
This Memorial Wall was made possible by funding from of the Government of Canada and the Leadership of the Italian Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc.
Redevelopment Plan for Piazza Dante Park
OF COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT
LOCATION OF COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT