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A Capital Plan

A Capital Plan

| 11 min

This short documentary features a portrait of Ottawa in the mid-20th century, as the nascent Canadian capital grew with force but without direction. Street congestion, air pollution, and rail traffic were all the negative results of a city that had grown without being properly planned. French architect and urban designer Jacques Gréber stepped in to create a far-sighted plan for the future development of Ottawa. With tracks moved, factories relocated, and neighbourhoods redesigned as separate communities, Ottawa became the capital city of true beauty and dignity we know today.

  • director
    Bernard Devlin
  • producer
    Sydney Newman
  • script
    John K. Rooke
  • camera
    Denis Gillson
  • editing
    Nicholas Balla
    Roger Blais
  • animation
    Robert Verrall
  • narrator
    Lorne Greene
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn


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