Statement from Olivia Chow:

Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Deserve More, Not Less

Ripping the Ontario Science Centre out of the Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe neighbourhoods is the wrong choice. It is a precious space for local kids to gather, play and explore, and for parents to share the wonders of the world with their children. It is also a source of good local jobs in a community that is often left out of economic opportunity.

I am calling on Premier Doug Ford to halt his plan to move the Science Centre. Instead of adding yet another amenity downtown, the Ford government should consult with the local community on how to improve the Science Centre in its current location.

There is already an application to build new homes and a new school on the Science Centre parking lot. This development was stalled under the previous City administration. As mayor, I will move forward urgently to build affordable homes alongside a new school. I will also work with the Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe communities on a revitalized Science Centre that serves local kids and communities first.

Ontario Place is one of the most important public spaces on Toronto’s waterfront. We have the opportunity to work with the community to build a 21st Century public park rather than a subsidized private luxury spa. As mayor, I will fight for an Ontario Place for all and a Science Centre that puts the children of Flemingdon and Thorncliffe first.

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