Alma College: What was lost, what was learned


By: Susan Gardner
Catherine Nasmith’s article in the May/June issue of the Ontario Planning Journal was a compelling call to action. “Who will save Alma College?” she asked. She referred to the fires, development pressures and weak municipal councils that continue to chip away at our stock of heritage buildings, despite strengthened legislation in the Ontario Heritage Act giving municipalities the power to stop demolition. In her closing, Nasmith warned that we may get the nightmare of watching Alma College reduced to rubble. These were chilling words—particularly chilling because that is indeed what happened.
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