Downsview Park shuts down the Canadian Air & Space Museum

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Toronto's Canadian Air & Space Museum has received notice from its landlord Parc Downsview Park that the Park will be closing the Museum to regular business.

The Park, a branch of the federal government, has control over the Museum's access after changing the locks following last Tuesday's original eviction notice. This threatens to bring a sudden and disappointing close to the Canadian Air & Space Museum's 13-year operation of providing the public an opportunity to experience Canadian history.

The original eviction notice was delivered September 20th and the locks were changed by early afternoon. Yet, as the media immediately descended upon the Museum to cover this breaking story, Downsview Park advised media that it would extend a six month stay of execution, verbally stating the Museum could carry on business.

In contradiction to what it said to the media, two emails were sent late last week to Museum CEO Rob Cohen, from Parc Downsview Park's Senior VP of Operations Robert Singleton, stating that the six month extension "was to facilitate the orderly wind-down of your operations" only.

These and other messages continue the Park's reputation for saying one thing, and acting upon another.

Note: Parc Downsview Park's Annual Public Meeting is being held TONIGHT at 7:30pm. Members and supporters of the Museum are being encouraged to attend.

SOURCE Canadian Air

For further information:

or interviews, please contact either:

Rob Cohen, Museum CEO
robcohen@rogers.com
Museum: 416-638-6078 / Cell: 416-712-9270

Ian McDougall, Museum Chairman
ianmcd@delta-mike.com / Work: 905-405-1063

Alternatively, you may contact Diana Spremo at 905-484-9543 or
diana@spremocommunications.com.

www.casmuseum.org

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