Chris Cobb, The Ottawa Citizen
Leaders of Ottawa area community groups are baffled and frustrated with a federal government decision to effectively oust them from Library and Archives Canada in a move officials say is necessary to create more meeting space for federal bureaucrats.
“It’s a bizarre, absurd decision,” said Ottawa International Jazz Festival executive director Catherine O’Grady. “We are charities that use the space. We’re all doing what we do for the community and not for profit. What are they thinking? Why take that away from us?”
O’Grady, who, along with other group leaders, is scrambling to find alternate accommodation in a city where there is little space available, says she will mobilize the festival’s 10,000 subscribers to protest the decision.
“We have staged hundreds of concerts there over the years,” she said. “The space is absolutely perfect and vital for our education and outreach programs.