Preserving the Dominion Observatory

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Development of the new Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital at the Central Experimental Farm site near Dow’s Lake raises a question: How much do we want to remember and celebrate the scientific heritage of the old Dominion Observatory next door?

Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, by Wilder

The Dominion Observatory building, Ottawa  (Public Doman via Wikipedia Commons)

As we build the hospital campus next door, how about opening up this heritage building and bringing back the Dominion Telescope for public use? In the lead-up to the Federal elections we have an opportunity to build the political will to not squander an important part of the scientific heritage of all Canadians.

Michael Wolfson's opinion piece on the Ottawa Citizen give a clear justification for a call to action to ensure the Doinion Observatory's preservation, and some of the letters written in response.

You can also click through the detailed proposal for action that outlines the history of the observatory, it purpose in the context of Canada's federation and odern nationhood, and its prospects as a necessary coponent of the nation's heritage.

Use the link below to download a briefing sumary and letter template for canvassing Federal Election candidates on this initiative prior to 23 October 2019.

An on-line petition with be coming Real Soon Now!

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