Put Ontario Back in Ontario Place
The Government says it has a new vision for Ontario Place, but what is it? Giving pieces of Ontario Place to three businesses who will charge people for pay-to-play entertainment does not amount to a vision!
If you share our concern about this, here are some things you can do:
A Big Caution about the Survey
The Government’s survey is full of leading questions designed to limit your ability to respond frankly and sincerely. The government has not yet committed to making the results of the questionnaire public.
The questions are written in a way to force respondents to accept the government’s development decisions. It is mandatory to answer all questions. Only three questions have a box where you can provide your own comments. We suggest you use those boxes to enter your concerns. Here are some suggestions:
Question 2 talks about Ontario’s vision and plan for Ontario Place.
- In the comment box you can point out that this is not Ontario’s vision. It’s a “plan” created for commercial interests without public consultation.
Question 3 says open spaces with free public access will be key to the site. Of course, it does not tell you that most of the site will be privatized.
- You can use the comment box to say that all of Ontario Place should be accessible and affordable for everyone. That was the original vision. More than ever, we need that vision today.
Question 4b asks which heritage features are important for you. You cannot say they all are.
- Again, use the comment box to say something like “Ranking heritage features is like asking us to pick which finger we are willing to lose. They are all important and work together.”
Your voice counts!