Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko tabled a motion a council on June 27, 2018 to propose a name for the pedestrian-cycling footbridge linking Fifth Avenue in the Glebe and Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East. The recommended name is Passerelle Flora Footbridge in honour of Canadian politician and humanitarian Flora MacDonald.
Flora MacDonald first served in the House of Commons in 1972 and became Canada's first female foreign minister in 1979. She remained in parliament until 1988. In her post-parliamentary years, she traveled the developing world empowering women to fight against poverty and injustice. She lived adjacent to the Rideau Canal for 40 years and often speed-skated to her workplace on Parliament Hill.
The naming process requesting public input received many proposals: 141 suggestions, resulting in 86 unique choices. Of those, 70 were short-listed as complying with the City's commemorative naming policy. The naming committee, chaired by David Chernushenko, consisted of one board & one non-board member from each of the three surrounding communities of the Glebe, Old Ottawa East, and Old Ottawa South, plus a representative of the Mayor's office.
Six names were vetted as possible choices. And in late May 2018, the name 'Flora' was chosen to recognize and celebrate Flora MacDonald.
This notice of motion will be considered at next City Council meeting on July 11, 2018.