Mar 26, 2014
By AM740 Staff
A proposal to name a public space in Ottawa after Nelson Mandela will be voted on next week. Mayor, Jim Watson has recommended that the front yard of city hall’s Heritage Building, where a human rights monument stands, be named after the late South African statesman. After a month of consultations, the city’s finance committee will vote on the recommendation before sending it to full city council. Mandela was made an honorary Canadian citizen in 2001. He died in December, 2013 at age 95. Mandela was South Africa’s first black president and led the country’s transition from white minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities.