In Canada, the capital city of Ottawa is making ready for the largest ever event of its kind to be held in Canada: the Commonwealth Conference, which takes place in August of this year.
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Background: In Canada, the capital city of Ottawa is making ready for the largest ever event of its kind to be held in Canada: the Commonwealth Conference, which takes place in August of this year.
Canada faces a bill of an estimated two-and-a-half million dollars (Canadian), about GBP1 million sterling, to mount the conference. The bill is normally paid by the host country.
Ottawa will play host to about five-hundred delegate members from 32 countries, as well as more than seven-hundred newspaper, radio and television reporters. And for the first time, a Commonwealth Conference is to be bi-lingual, reflecting the bi-lingual structure of Canadian society.
Four major hotels in the centre of Ottawa have been designated to house Canada's Commonwealth visitors, a gigantic influx into a city normally crowded anyway at that time of the year with tourists. Two major buildings are being used for the conference: the renovated Canuck Building and the Conference Centre, across from the Chateau Laurier Hotel.
SYNOPSIS: The Parliament buildings in Canada's capital city, Ottawa.
It is here, in the renovated Canuck Building on Parliament Hill, that an army of planners is moving into redecorated offices, to finalise plans for the 1973 Commonwealth Conference. About 175 people are in the Commonwealth Planning Group, faced with the task of seeing that Ottawa is able to cope with the conference, when the delegates arrive in August.
In the Canuck building, there are offices to allocate to the delegations, furniture to distribute and arrange, telephones to instal and lines to test. The building was renovated last year.
Another problem is that of transportation and security: more than 500 delegate members are expected for the conference from 32 countries. Added to that, there will be some 700 newspaper, radio and television reporters to house.
The Department of External Affairs must house everyone, in a city whose hotels are normally crowded with tourists in August.
Four major hotels including the stately Chateau Laurier have been designated for the job.
Opposite the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa's conference centre is being extended. Officials describe that expense as a permanent investment, as the building is used for federal-provincial conferences. For Canada, the Conference will mean a 2 1/2-million Canadian dollar bill, an account normally paid by the host country.