Canada’s capital hopes the country’s year of festivities will boost tourism and focus attention on its fun side, its cool districts and its ambitious civic projects

Guy Laflamme doesn’t look like a visionary. He’s neatly dressed and well-spoken, with a meticulously organised binder of business plans and charts. But when he starts talking about a four-storey, fire-breathing dragon roaming the streets of Ottawa, you have to wonder.

Laflamme is the brains behind Ottawa’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday. As executive director of Ottawa 2017, it’s his job to make the Canadian capital the epicentre of a nationwide party unlike anything the country has ever seen.

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Source: The Guardian

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