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Old Posted Jul 29, 2014, 2:46 PM
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Vimy Bridge – (Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean)
http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/your-c...orative-naming

In recognition of the historical significance of the battle of Vimy Ridge, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the new bridge, which spans the Rideau River connecting Strandherd Drive and Earl Armstrong Road, “Vimy Bridge”.

A summary of the proposal is provided below, submitted jointly by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch South Carleton 314 Manotick and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 641 Barrhaven.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch South Carleton 314 Manotick and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 641 Barrhaven feel that naming the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge “Vimy Bridge” would be an appropriate way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the epic battle of Vimy Ridge, led by Canadians to one of their greatest victories. This would also ensure that WWI troops, and the great sacrifice they made for all Canadians, will not easily be forgotten.

Because it spans the Rideau Canal, a National Historic Site of Canada, a Canadian Heritage River and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and because it connects two entrances to the Nation’s Capital, this structure is more than a small local bridge connecting two communities.

The amount of traffic going by and over this bridge on a daily basis, both local and tourist, would mean that a lot of people would be reminded of Vimy and the sacrifices made by Canadian troops.

If you would like to submit comments regarding this proposal or obtain further information, please contact:

Diane Blais
City Clerk and Solicitor Department
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave. W.
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, extension 28091
Fax: 613-580-9609
E-mail: namingottawa@ottawa.ca

Comments on this proposal must be received no later than August 27, 2014.
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Old Posted Jul 29, 2014, 5:21 PM
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City seeks public feedback on Vimy Bridge naming suggestion

Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: July 29, 2014, Last Updated: July 29, 2014 10:57 AM EDT


The city has answered the call of some veterans to name the new Strandherd-Armstrong bridge “Vimy Bridge” by launching a round of public consultations.

Members of the public have until Aug. 27 to comment on the proposal, which was submitted jointly by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch South Carleton 314 Manotick and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 641 Barrhaven.

Naming the new bridge “Vimy Bridge” would be an appropriate way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the epic battle of Vimy Ridge, led by Canadians to one of their greatest victories, the veterans say.

Because the bridge spans the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a Canadian Heritage River, and because it connects two entrances to the nation’s capital, some feel the structure is more than a small local bridge connecting two communities.

The amount of traffic going by and over this bridge on a daily basis, both local and tourist, would mean that a lot of people would be reminded of Vimy and the sacrifices made by Canadian troops, the veterans say.

View the online proposal for “Vimy Bridge” here.

The battle of Vimy Ridge is seen as a defining moment in Canada’s history.

The three-day battle took place in northern France in April 1917 and claimed 3,598 Canadian lives. Another 7,000 were wounded, but the victory was significant.

The Strandherd-Armstrong bridge opened earlier this month, cost $48 million to build and opened two years later than expected.

The city’s south end is also home to the Veterans Memorial Highway and John McCrae Secondary School, named after the First World War poet and doctor who wrote ‘In Flanders Fields.’

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Old Posted Jul 29, 2014, 6:05 PM
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Vimy Bridge sounds extremely cheesy. Sounds more like they're making fun of the event rather than commemorating it.

Vimy Memorial Bridge would be a better name.
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Vimy Ridge and the village of Vimy are 3 kilometres apart (kind of like the difference between Gatineau and the Gatineau Hills). The conflict is properly called the Battle of Vimy Ridge, I'm surprised the Legion has overlooked this distinction. "Vimy Ridge Memorial Bridge" would probably be more correct.
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Why does it have to be named after a historical event, person or group, which is bound to cause controversy?
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Old Posted Jul 29, 2014, 8:36 PM
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Why does it have to be named after a historical event, person or group, which is bound to cause controversy?
Aren't most of our bridges and major roads named after a historical event, person or group? To my mind, it sure beats the completely fabricated names like Babblingbrook Private, which is invariably located nowhere near a brook.

In any event, what is the controversy about Vimy Ridge?
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Vimy Ridge and the village of Vimy are 3 kilometres apart (kind of like the difference between Gatineau and the Gatineau Hills). The conflict is properly called the Battle of Vimy Ridge, I'm surprised the Legion has overlooked this distinction. "Vimy Ridge Memorial Bridge" would probably be more correct.
Sounds good to me as well. Either would be better than "Vimy Bridge" or "Vimy Ridge Bridge"
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