Each summer, a couple of spots, close together downtown, are the sites for a series of panels on a given subject or two. The first of those sites is Plaza Bridge, which crosses the Rideau Canal just south of the Ottawa Locks. This year the federal government has partnered with the Canadian Science & Technology Museum and National Geographic for a theme on climate change, here and around the world. Panels examine the growing problem, the threat to ecoystems, and efforts being made to counter the issue. The panels contrast well with the surrounding architecture of the bridge, the government Conference Centre, the Chateau Laurier, and the National Arts Centre.
The other site is across the bridge along the terrace that leads beside the Chateau Laurier and into Major's Hill Park. Panels are placed outside the building's parking garage, and this year the theme is about the Hundred Days, so termed for the final days of World War One. Starting in early August, the Allied powers started an offensive that would end the war, finally employing combined arms fighting in a way that broke the stalemate of four years of war. Ludendorff termed the 8th of August the "black day of the German army." Veterans Affairs and Canadian Heritage are the two government departments that have put this series together.
The panels feature colourized photos, with the originals beneath, of Canada's experience in those days both at home and at the front. It starts with the original tombstone for a Canadian private named George Price, thought to be the last soldier killed in the war.
The success of the Hundred Days empowered returning veterans upon coming home, to the point where they were willing to protest the gap between rich and poor and demand a better society for the sacrifice they and their comrades in arms had made.
Racial discrimination was a factor during the war, but that didn't stop black Canadians from serving. These three men pose in a captured bunker during the Hundred Days.
Nursing sisters were present during the Hundred Days, and their service throughout the war allowed them to vote in the federal election in 1917, among the first Canadian women to do so. Here they are seen casting ballots. I have more from this tomorrow.