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New memorials in Norway, Cape Breton cause public outcry: Queen's University expert

2014-03-18

Queen’s University public mourning expert Jill Scott is available to comment on parents of the victims of the Utoya massacre calling for a proposed memorial to be scrapped. The mother of the youngest victim is angry the families were not consulted before decisions were made on the memorial Model of Memory Wound.

She can also comment on a situation in Cape Breton where residents are reacting to a newly proposed war memorial Mother Canada and the Commemorative Ring of True Patriot Love. Detractors are calling the memorial a roadside attraction to rival Sudbury’s giant nickel and Wawa’s huge goose. The building of the statue is being funded by a Toronto businessman.

“Memorials are often fraught with anxieties,” says Dr. Scott. “Consultation is always key when proposing any type of memorial. It really comes down to what we value, especially because memorials are about remembering our loved ones and telling stories about them in ways that confirm the value they hold for us. In the case of both Cape Breton and Norway, these communities feel they were left out of this very important conversation.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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