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Ottowa municipal building named for mayor called anti-Semitic

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/ottowa_municipal_building_named_for_mayor_called_anti-semitic_20110509

Despite opposition from Jewish groups, a municipal committee in Ottawa voted to name a new building after a former mayor described as an unrepentant anti-Semite. In a controversial vote May 3, a city of Ottawa subcommittee voted to rename a new archives and library building after Charlotte Whitton, the Canadian capital's first female mayor. Whitton was first elected in 1951 but historians and some Jewish leaders have pointed out that, during World War II, she actively lobbied against admitting Jewish orphans to Canada.

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