Maintaining Canada’s national monuments

PSPC maintains the National War Memorial and other important monuments. Meet Patrick Cadieux, the employee responsible for the monuments in Ottawa.

Transcript: Maintaining Canada’s national monuments

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[Music plays]

(Text on screen: Public Services and Procurement Canada)

(Text on screen: This footage was recorded prior to the Government of Canada’s physical distancing guidelines. Canadians are encouraged to continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.)

[Shot of two soldiers in front of the National War Memorial monument.]

[Shot of Patrick standing in the forefront of the War Memorial monument.]

[Shot of Patrick speaking to the camera.]

My name is Patrick Cadieux I work for PSPC, Public Service and Procurement Canada, I’m a Project Facility Officer for Real Property Branch.

(Text on screen: Patrick Cadieux, Project Facility Officer, Public Services and Procurement Canada.)

[Shot of people standing in front of War Memorial monument.]

As a Project Facility Officer my portfolio is Lands and Monuments, so I take care of multiple monuments throughout Ottawa.

[Shot of details of the sculptures of Canadian soldiers.]

[Wide shot of the War Memorial monument sculpture.]

[Drone shot of Parliament Hill.]

[Drone fly-over shot of War Memorial sculpture with Parliament Buildings in the background.]

[Shot of Patrick speaking to the camera.]

Here at the National War Memorial being one of the sights most seen in Canada, we have an extreme amount of traffic that comes through here in the summertime,

[Shot of soldiers standing guard in front of the War Memorial.]

[Shot of a pedestrian talking to a female soldier.]

[Shot of Patrick speaking to the camera.]

and our winters do take effect and we have to put a lot of salt down and our ice and cold and hot front that come through do affect the pavers and there is a lot of movement. I come in everyday and inspect the site to make sure there is no tripping hazards, and just to make sure the site is looks good for the public.

[Shot of the stone pavers walkway.]

[Shot of a PSPC worker fixing the pavers.]

[Shot of Patrick speaking to the camera.]

At this present time, we are doing work to change the polymeric sand between all the pavers that exist on site. The maintenance on the pavers is done by Public Service and Procurement Canada, which is our shop, their heritage masons that are experts in the matter, we are working in grid sections so that we can let the public have full access to the monument, and I think that is really important for Ottawa, and getting so close to Remembrance Day, we just want to make sure people are able to get to it, and again to make sure the site looks it best.

[Shot of two PSPC workers working on the pavers in front of the War Memorial monument.]

[Close-up shot of pavers and polymeric sand.]

[Close-up shot of worker working with a trowel on polymeric sand and pavers.]

[Wide shot of workers working with a trowel on polymeric sand and pavers.]

[Close-up shot of workers fixing the cracks between pavers.]

[Wide shot of two workers on their knees fixing the cracks between pavers.]

[Time-lapse shot of individuals visiting the monument.]

[Shot of Patrick speaking to the camera.]

As a Project Facility Officer, I was really proud to have this portfolio as the National War Memorial is one of the biggest sites in Canada as far a monument wise, and very proud to be able to be here for all the soldiers that gave their life for us.

[Shot of female soldier and man walking up to the front of the monument.]

[Close-up shot of the unknown soldier/soldat inconnu casket sculpture.]

[Pan shot of the details of the soldier sculpture.]

[Shot of the unknown soldier/soldat inconnu casket sculpture with soldier standing guard in the background.]

[Wide shot of the National War Memorial monument.]

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