Moncton, Canada, may be home to Peace Palace

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada – The Moncton planning commission paved the way Thursday for the Peace Palace to be built in the city.

A man involved with transcendental meditation is behind the building, which would house a spa, meditation facilities and yogic flying.

The Peace Palace would be located on McLaughlin Road, and the planning commission has recommended the site be rezoned so the project can go ahead.

Larent Maltais, project co-ordinator for the Peace Palace, said the commission decision was a welcoming sign.

“I’m extremely pleased the commission has unanimously favoured the rezoning application,” said Maltais. “It’s an indication that the project seems to be perceived in a positive note.”

The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Global Country of World Peace are behind the idea. The site plan depicts a two-storey building with wrap-around verandahs, lined with arches and pillars.

“The next step is for council to decide whether they want to send this to a public presentation,” said Bill Budd, director of the Greater Moncton Planning District Commission. “Ultimately, there’ll be a public hearing for people to voice their concerns to council, if there are concerns.”

The Global Country of World Peace is waiting for the zoning change before it buys the land. Maltais hopes to start construction this summer.

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Mar. 23, 2006

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