TORONTO- Employees of Ontario Place will take their campaign
to keep the landmark waterfront park open to Nathan Phillips Square on
They are asking all supporters of Ontario Place to come to
the square to sign six-foot message boards, sharing their favourite memories
of the park and reasons to keep it open. The message boards will be
presented at a later date to John Tory, who is leading a
provincially-appointed revitalization committee. A petition will also be on
hand for supporters to sign.
Date: March 7, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillip’s Square
100 Queen St. W. Tor
There has been a public outcry since the closure of Ontario
Place was announced on February 1.
The campaign to save Ontario Place is well underway. There
are two Facebook pages and an 11-year old Northumberland boy collected 160
signatures for his petition to keep Ontario Place open. The petition was
read in the Ontario Legislature on February 29. An op-ed article by author
and academic Richard Florida in the Toronto Star, March1 strongly condemned
the idea of replacing Ontario Place with a casino. A successful rally was
held on February 25 at Ontario Place.
Attendance was up 89 per cent in 2011 as a result of $10.8
million in upgrades to rides and attractions, an investment that was long
“Attendance was up, concessions were up, and other revenues
were up,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of OPSEU. “Ontario Place
was already turning the corner when the government pulled the rug out from
under it. It could stay open during the revitalization, and 70 full-time
jobs and 600 students’ jobs would be saved. Public spaces are worth