West Memorial Building
We were on our way downtown, my Adventure Buddy and I, when on CBC Radio there was a program talking about the endangerment of the Grizzly Bear in Canada. Strangely enough, when we reached our destination, the first thing we discovered was this relief on the south-side façade of the Western Memorial Building. Truth be told, the building itself, and its partner the Eastern Memorial Building, are solidly built but quite plain – a pared-down art deco style that took 6 years to build. Construction was completed in 1955; a memorial block was laid by the Right Honourable C.D. Howe, Minister of Trade & Commerce & Defence Production (known as the Minister of Everything :)!) on October 19th of that same year. Originally used for the Department of Veterans Affairs, presently the building is used strictly as overflow office space for the Department of National Defence.