Placement of ‘Mother Canada’ statue has Cape Bretoners on war footing


mentalfloss
#1
Wtf is this ****???



Placement of ‘Mother Canada’ statue has Cape Bretoners on war footing

A massive monument to honour war dead, featuring a 10-storey-high statue called “Mother Canada,” is igniting a fierce battle among Cape Bretoners living near and along the ruggedly beautiful Cabot Trail on the island’s east coast.

From the village of Baddeck to the fishing community of Ingonish, passions are running high as residents debate a plan by a Toronto businessman and Parks Canada to build the “Never Forgotten National Memorial” at Green Cove, one of the most picturesque sites in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Letters to the editor are pouring into The Victoria Standard, the local newspaper, generating more debate than any other subject in the past 22 years, says publisher James Morrow. So hot is the topic that more than 300 residents packed the Ingonish fire hall last week for an old-fashioned town-hall meeting full of jeers and cheers.

The memorial, featuring the statue and parking for about 300 vehicles, is the brainchild of Toronto businessman Tony Trigiani. It has the backing of the Harper Tories, who have made a mission of embracing patriotic symbols, especially military ones.

“The thing is with this war memorial – it’s starting a war,” says Aaron Schneider, a retired engineer who has lived on his old highlands farm near Ingonish since 1980. “It’s being very divisive of a community, creating a lot of rancour and anger.”

Most residents do not object to the idea of a war memorial. It is the location that is driving the dissension – and the fact they feel left out of the decision-making process.

For residents such as Mr. Schneider, the memorial raises questions about the role of national parks in the country, and whether pouring concrete over a pristine arm of pink granite that extends into the sea fits the Parks Canada mandate. They also see hypocrisy in a memorial honouring the war dead when Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is being criticized for shutting down eight Veterans Affairs offices.

For others, the memorial is seen as a gift that will bring much-needed jobs and tourism to a rural community in decline.

“It’s great. It’s perfect. We need it. Maybe we can get the frigging highway fixed,” says Glenn Warren, the bartender at the local Legion hall who has lived in Ingonish all his life.

The man behind the ambitious concept, Mr. Trigiani, came to Canada with his parents when he was just two years old. President of Norstar Corp., a food packaging company, he’s an enthusiastic patriot. Nearly five years ago, Mr. Trigiani was inspired to act after viewing the gravestone of a 17-year-old Canadian in a war cemetery in Italy.

He envisioned a statue of a woman with outstretched hands pointing toward Europe, facing the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. With help from tenacious D-Day veteran Bruce Melanson, who died last fall, Mr. Trigiani’s idea took off.

Currently, it has some heavy backers: retired senior military officers and influential federal cabinet ministers, including Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who is also the minister for Nova Scotia, and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, whose department, which Parks Canada falls under, donated about a hectare of land for the proposed memorial. If all goes as planned, the monument will be unveiled on July 1, 2017, to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday.

The 30-metre tall statue is meant to humble spectators. Modelled on “Canada Bereft,” a figure in the Vimy memorial, it will need materials that can withstand the power of the stormy Atlantic.

The statue is just the start: Mr. Trigiani is planning to place a “We See Thee Rise Observation Deck” in front of the Mother Canada statue, and behind it “The Commemorative Ring of True Patriot Love,” a low wall featuring metal plaques naming the international cemeteries where Canadian soldiers are buried. He’s also planning a “With Glowing Hearts National Sanctuary,” as well as a restaurant, souvenir shop and interpretive centre.

He believes others will share his vision and donate to the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation, the charity he set up for the privately funded project that’s expected to cost between $25-million and $60-million. So far he has put in a considerable amount of his money; he will not say how much.

Along with community and First Nations consultation, the project would have to pass an environmental assessment. But Mr. Trigiani believes that such a beautiful setting “deserves to have an icon that is of international significance.”

So does the government. “We present this country’s many stories – natural, cultural and historical – sharing these incredible stories and telling visitors and Canadians about special moments in our history. This memorial will tell an important story,” says Parks Canada official Kelly Deveaux.

Regardless of the story, the local MP, Liberal Mark Eyking, called the town-hall meeting to release some of the pent-up tension.

“When you’re going to do something in the park you better connect with the people and let them be part of the process,” he says. “Most of the community wants it. What I don’t want is the whole thing to go off the rails because it wasn’t handled properly by government.”

Ingonishers, such as Hector Murphy, believe Cape Breton deserves the monument – but not at Green Cove, where its backward-facing bulk would distract from the natural beauty. “If they put it down at Green Cove,” he says, laughing, “all you’re going to see is her ****.”

Placement of ‘Mother Canada’ statue has Cape Bretoners on war footing - The Globe and Mail
Last edited by mentalfloss; Mar 13th, 2014 at 07:15 AM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
#2
Dafuq?
 
Locutus
#3
Too many people not working hard enough and having too much time to just sit and think and ponder and wonder and dwell.

Although, if they give her a quality a r s e , who cares where they put it.
 
mentalfloss
#4
Oh that's what the magic word was.
 
Locutus
+2
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Oh that's what the magic word was.

All men know the magic of a woman's a r s e lad.

Else they just pretending to be men.
 
Sal
No Party Affiliation
#6


this would look as hideous as that



 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

All men know the magic of a woman's a r s e lad.

Else they just pretending to be men.

I thought it was it was the c-word but then we'd have people calling foul on upskirts.
 
Locutus
+1
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post



this would look as hideous as that




front side could be something like this dude though:



Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I thought it was it was the c-word but then we'd have people calling foul on upskirts.

Has a c-word ever given you a hard-on mac?

Now a fine behind...that's another story.
 
mentalfloss
#9
I can get behind both as long as there isn't any low hanging fruit.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I can get behind both as long as there isn't any low hanging fruit.

seen bailey j?
 
mentalfloss
#11
Tempting...

Ah gad tranny surprise
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#12
Great, another memorial to deceit. Has less meaning than a bush league bowling trophy. We fought to enrich the already filthy rich.
 
Locutus
+1
#13
I fought and played hard to win my High Average Trophy mac.
 
DaSleeper
#14
Anything that remotely looks religious will have somebody's panties in a twist............
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

I fought and played hard to win my High Average Trophy mac.

I meant to write curling.
 
#juan
No Party Affiliation
#16
This is funny. Usually, people talk to each other before they put up a ten story high statue. Was the sculptor at least a local artist?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

This is funny. Usually, people talk to each other before they put up a ten story high statue. Was the sculptor at least a local artist?

Article says he was from Toronto.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#18
300 parking spaces = 300 cars and at least that many tourists - who'll stop at your local Wendys and put money in your pockets. What's to gripe about? They couldn't very well choose a better-suited (and probably a more grateful) Newfoundland because it wasn't a part of Canada until after the war.
 
#juan
No Party Affiliation
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Article says he was from Toronto.

I'm afraid I would join the protest against this bloody statue. Who in hell wants to look at the back of a hundred foot tall sculpture. Maybe it would be acceptable if they turned it around.......
 
mentalfloss
#20
I just don't get why Harper pushes nationalism so hard.

He reminds me of another guy that needed some serious stache repair.
 
Locutus
#21
don't fall for it.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

I'm afraid I would join the protest against this bloody statue. Who in hell wants to look at the back of a hundred foot tall sculpture. Maybe it would be acceptable if they turned it around.......

I suppose if the Cape went down to the sea, it would be appropriate....
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I just don't get why Harper pushes nationalism so hard.

He reminds me of another guy that needed some serious stache repair.


Trudeau Sr.?
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

300 parking spaces = 300 cars and at least that many tourists - who'll stop at your local Wendys and put money in your pockets. What's to gripe about? They couldn't very well choose a better-suited (and probably a more grateful) Newfoundland because it wasn't a part of Canada until after the war.

What tourists?
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#25
The same ones attracted to parks locals aren't allowed to access.

The statue may well be hideous. I appreciate it as a nod to the many hundreds of civilian merchant mariners and Ferry Command people who never made it home.
 
#juan
No Party Affiliation
#26
If you're going to construct a huge statue like this, it should be the best or the biggest. This one is neither. I'm guessing that large amount of federal money was spent on this "monument" .......Too bad more thought wasn't applied.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#27
"Thrown together" is poetic symbolization for convoys too - sea and air.

Hey, I'm just looking for an angle to sell it to tourists. Maybe someone's listening?
 
#juan
No Party Affiliation
#28
I've been looking for the cost of this sculpture. So far all I've got is "between 25 and 60 million dollars. I'm guessing that it is closer to 60 million than 25 million. I'll keep looking...;.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#29
Government job Bet on the higher number (plus oversights)
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
#30
Hey, it'll bring in money and create a few jobs. Those Maritimers won't stand for it
 
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