TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Plans released today by the provincial
minister of tourism that Ontario Place will gain a park and trail
simply reinforce how aimless the provincial government is when it comes
to the future of Toronto's waterfront jewel, says the president of the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
"From the moment they shut down most of the site 18 months ago it's been
apparent the Liberal government is operating in a fog when it comes to
bold and fresh ideas for Ontario Place," said OPSEU President Warren
(Smokey) Thomas. "They don't have a clue what to do with Ontario Place
and they refuse to entertain any other proposals that don't involve
commercial and residential development. That was never the purpose of
Ontario Place and it never should be."
Thomas pointed out that his union, along with Design Industry Advisory
Committee and the U of T's Martin Prosperity Institute, has organized a
series of public meetings and town halls since late 2012 that attracted
some of Toronto's leading design architects, urban landscape
professionals and environmental graphic artists. The group produced
exciting alternative visions for Ontario Place which have been all but
ignored, said Thomas.
"The Wynne government - like the McGuinty government before it - is
content to rely on the bland recommendations put forward by John Tory
and the committee tasked to look into the future of Ontario Place.
Those recommendations - more commercial and residential development -
have been widely discredited by a host of experts but instead of
seeking out better ideas, the Minister of Tourism instead presents us
with a plan for a tiny park and a trail.
"This is lazy planning; it lacks vision and excitement and I say it's
time the government presented to the people of Ontario a visionary plan
that we can be proud of and rally behind."`
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Warren (Smokey) Thomas