No OMB Battle With Iraq

- February 1st, 2013

Good news. Ottawa and Iraq won’t duke it out at the Ontario Municipal Board over a council decision to protect a home in Rockcliffe Park from demolition for the ambassador’s home.

(Iraq has a lot of redevelopment going on in Ottawa, by the way).

Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark received word this morning:

Dear Council colleagues,

This morning I had a conference call with His Excellency Abdulrahman Al-Hussaini, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Canada, and Councillor Peter Clark, to discuss the Embassy of Iraq’s OMB appeal regarding 187 Lansdowne Road South.

I am pleased to inform you that the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq has decided to withdraw its OMB appeal on the proposed demolition of this property, and instead restore the property in a way that maintains its heritage character.

For your information, please find attached a letter and a statement I have received from His Excellency on this matter.

I want to thank Councillor Clark for his ongoing leadership on this file.

In closing, I want to thank his Excellency Abdulrahman Al-Hussaini for his continued commitment to a strong and constructive relationship between the City of Ottawa and the Government of Iraq – a commitment which I share.

Sincerely,

Jim Watson
Mayor

Iraq Ambassador Letter to City – Feb. 1, 2013 by jon_willing1074

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