Bill 69 on heritage: progress and decline
The untimely demolitions of buildings of heritage interest have revolted many citizens recently; images of gutted buildings have too often made headlines in the press and media. Last June, the Auditor General of Quebec sounded the alarm by recalling the inestimable value of immovable heritage and by deploring the government's lack of leadership in this area, with regard to knowledge, protection and enhacement. In the process, on October 29, the Minister of Culture and Communications tabled Bill 69 amending the Cultural Heritage Act. The intention is to make government procedures and decisions relating to heritage recognition and management more transparent, and to better frame municipal intervention in this area, by delegating powers to regional county municipalities, and no longer only to municipalities.
Read the opinion piece published in Le Devoir, by France Vanlaethem