NCC plan for 'embassy row' in Mechanicsville nixed by city council

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa

Ottawa city council overwhelmingly voted against the National Capital Commission plan to allow up to five embassies to be built in the Mechanicsville area, taking the rare step of overturning a previous decision at the planning committee.

The surprise was sparked by five planning committee members who changed their minds since their initial vote in September.

..."I am asking that we be sensitive to the climate crisis that we've declared and preserve this land as greenspace," Leiper told his council colleagues.

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