By Mark Brownlee, The Ottawa Citizen
Photograph by: Pat McGrath , Ottawa Citizen
Winterlude organizers are rethinking the role the military plays in the annual February festival after prominently displaying items such as muskets as part of a commemoration of the War of 1812 this year, newly released documents show.
Briefing notes prepared by the festival’s organizer, the National Capital Commission, said employees dealt with a number of “controversies” stemming from public concern about how the war was portrayed.
The NCC partnered with the federal government department responsible for remembering the war, Parks Canada, to commemorate the conflict by turning a part of Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau into a barracks from the era.