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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Fourth Section The LetHbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, June 9, 1973 Pages 33-40 External affairs this summer moves into M. showplace By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) The late Lester Pearson recalled in his memoirs that the external af- fairs department began in 1909 with seven employees in dowdy offices over a barber shop. This summer, the depart- ment is moving its Ot- tawa into a rnillion architectural show- place bearing Mr. Pearson's name. More than most depart- ments, the growth of external has reflected Canada's com- ing of age. Until the late 1940s, the prime minister Security control Security chief G. H. Reimer stands In front of control panels in the Lester B. Pearson building, the new home of external affairs department. He polices the complex with television and other electronic devices. presided over the department himself. And until now exter- nal has been based in the East Block on Parliament Hill, along with the prime minister's office. That will change with the summer move, as the depart- ment vacates the East Block and eight other buildings spread across the city. The East Block will be left to the ever-growing staff of the prime minister and cabinet. Like other departments that have been transferred to quarters in the last 20 years, external will be removed from the city core to a suburban setting. Site by river It will install itself in a new structure faced with brown- toned precast concrete and tiered by long rows of dark- hucd bulky but graceful new presence on his- toric Sussex Drive, beside the Ottawa River. While the building might leave employees feeling cut off from the city's centre, it may create for diplomatic vi- sitors some of their strongest images of the capital and the country. It is a cluster of four rec- tangular highest 10 around a central mezzanine floor- Most unofficial visitors will see little more than the mar- ble-walled lobby after enter- ing through the solid bronze doors, which open easily despite their %-ton weight. Ringing the lobby and ad- joining passport office, tight security keeps wanderers and nosey-parkere away from the state secrets housed in the towers beyond. Also on the lobby floor are a conference room and audito- rium, both lined with transla- tion booths and press rooms and equipped with television lights that automatically drop into position from the ceiling when needed. Spectacular view The favored room at the top of the main tower is reserved for the external affairs minis- ter. Secluded by a series of anterooms, the corner office provides an expansive view of the confluence of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers and the Ga- tmeau Hills rolling northward into the Quebec bush beyond. The view is enhanced by one of the building's nice touches: The heating hard- ware that usually clutters rooftops has been enclosed atop the surrounding towers. Below the broadloomed top floor, which will be shared by senior officials, lies the recep- tion area. It includes dining rooms, kitchen, three bars and a balcony with river view planned for cocktails al iresco. Two more executive floors lie beneath, and below those are the main working areas. A cafeteria with a kitchen will feed most of the building's occupants. It 'tas to because the neighborhood has few restaurants handy. Space flexible It features a plastic and plaster dividing sidelined in fake white shirts, the other in blue shirts. T h a t 's one piece In a art collection assem- bled for the building. CFUBUCCHEARINGS ONCIANDCUSE ONC1HECEASIEKNSLOIES Hearings will be held at the Crowsnest Consolidated High School Auditorium on Monday, June commencing at 10 a.m. "LETHBRIDGE: Hearings will be held st the Yatei Memorial Theatre 10th St. and 4th Ave. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 commencing at 10 a.m. Granda Prairie Smoky River Basin Cache >Hinton Edmontonj SPECIFIC PROPOSALS TO BE HEARD WILL INCLUDE: Mountain Resort Spruce Development Castle, Frank and Livingstone Falls Youth Hostels Athabasca River Basin North Saskatchewan River Basin Rocky _ Mountain House l> ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION AunjoRiiy rCanijiorebiiCaigary Bow flAw V Basin Oldman I River V Because the building Is planned to meet external's needs for 20 years, only about hall its capacity will ba filled by the depart- ment at first. The National Research Council and Emer- gency Measures Organization will supplement occupancy in the meantime. Partly to provide needed flexibility, about half the floorspace will not be parti- tioned into offices. Working areas will be divided by head-high dividers and plant walls. All occupants are scheduled to be in the building by fall. They will move into a good neighborhood. Across the street sits Earnscliffe, the 19th-century stone house once owned by Sir John A. Macdon- ald which now is residence for the British high commis- sioner. Down the road is 24 Sussex, government-owned residence of modern-day prime minis- ters. Government H o u s home of the governor-general French embassy and City Hall are also nearby. With landscaping nearly complete, the building has been under construction for about three years. Opening was delayed a few months by the national elevator workers' strike. Architects for the project are Wedd, Zarafa, Menkes, Housden of Toronto. Open-office concept The open-office (top) concept Is a general feature of the Lester B. Pearson build- ing, the new home of the department of external affairs. A plastic and plaster dividing wall one side lined in fake white shirts, the other in blue shirts and red tifs is in the cafeteria. The wall is one piece in a art collection assembled for the'building. BE IN SHAPE THIS SUMMER MODEL 38GR ALL YEAR-ROUND with ELECTRIC 1 Molded one-piece fan with wrap around hub. 2. Quiet two-speed fan motor. 3 Compressor sound shield. 4 Swing out service door. 5 Exclusive solid state control. 6. High and low pressure switches. 7 Sight glass for visual check of refrigerant level. 3. Liquid line filter dryer for moisture free operation. BTU Model 38GR FOR AS LOW AS Pius installation H 1709-2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-5973 ;