Month: May 2021

Toronto Star, MAY 2021

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Ontario Place Turns 50!


We want to thank the hundreds of you who signed on for our online rally last week kicking off the 50th-anniversary celebrations of Ontario Place.

For those who missed the rally or had trouble signing in at the beginning, you can view the entire event here

Many more Ontario Place videos can be viewed on the Future of Ontario Place YouTube channel.

The government is expected to soon make a major announcement about the future of Ontario Place. Here are some ways that you can help ensure that it is a future that includes all of us:

  • Send this letter to Premier Ford, Minister MacLeod and Mayor Tory demanding that the public and heritage values of the site be respected.
  • On May 22nd, join with us to celebrate Ontario Place’s 50th Anniversary. Here are some ideas:
    • Make a safely distanced visit to Ontario Place and post a selfie with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayOP.
    • Photoshop yourself into an image of Ontario Place and post it on Instagram.
    • Share your ideas for Ontario Place on Twitter and Instagram.
    • Tweet your favourite Ontario Place memory.
  • Watch for Minister MacLeod’s announcement later this month and see if it respects the core principles developed by Ontario Place for All, The Future of Ontario Place and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
    • Ontario Place must be for ALL and kept publicly accessible.
    • There must be a thoughtful, comprehensive public review before any changes, with a full and robust public consultation that:
      • conforms to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s call for informed, respectful and meaningful consultation with Indigenous peoples over economic development,
      • recognizes the diverse communities that use and contribute to Ontario Place.
    • Public interest, not commercial interest must drive the new vision.
    • Future plans must:
      • acknowledge the waterfront’s Indigenous heritage and incorporate meaningful Indigenous consultation.
      • maintain Ontario Place as part of Toronto’s waterfront park system.
      • be integrated with the revitalization of Exhibition Place.
      • celebrate Ontario.
      • be guided by a collaboratively developed Conservation Management Plan that sustains Ontario Place as a recognized cultural heritage landscape.
  • Make sure to use #HappyBirthdayOP as a hashtag.
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