<![CDATA[SAVE THE FOREST AT ONTARIO PLACE - What\'s Happening]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2024 02:38:59 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[More writing on the wall]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2024 17:49:28 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/more-writing-on-the-wall
Artists once again met at the wall at Ontario Place on Sunday, February 11, and with chalk in hand they created beautiful illustrations of wildlife and inscribed messages of outrage over the destructive plans for the site. On an unusually warm February weekend, the many walkers, runners and cyclists of lakeshore passed by the vivid public gallery, with some joining in and others learning of the fight for our public waterfront. 

​The writing on the wall is clear - don’t destroy public space and wildlife habitat on the lakeshore at Ontario Place for a private spa! 

Photos by Francesca Bouaoun
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<![CDATA[Artists work the boards...]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2024 02:12:42 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/artists-work-the-boardsPlease note: This event was entirely oirganized by a wonderful group of artists who have been hugely helpful in raising awareness about Ontario Place. We are very grateful for their beautiful contributions. Stay tuned for more events like this in the future.
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<![CDATA[The struggle continues. Chalk it up to commitment. See you on Sunday.]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2024 04:11:56 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/the-struggle-continues-chalk-it-up-to-commitment-see-you-on-sunday]]><![CDATA[No more public access at West Island]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2024 21:11:01 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/january-08th-2024
A temporary misspelt sign advises visitors to Ontario Place that West Island is now closed to public access. The news is just breaking on this, and we will be sure to elaborate with an update very soon. As always, we ask you to please contact your provincial MPP and the premier of Ontario, doug ford, and let them know how you feel about your park being leased out to private interests at the cost of the destruction of a unique urban forest and habitat.
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<![CDATA[URGENT ALERT! These may be last days...]]>Sat, 30 Dec 2023 23:03:28 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/urgent-alert-these-may-be-last-days
Hello supporters of Ontario Place,

We have concerns that the West Island may be closed to public access as soon as late New Year’s Eve.  Unfortunately, we have no hard evidence, just some chatter we have come across. SwimOP is still planning to hold its Polar Bear Plunge at Hough Beach on New Year’s Day at 12 Noon, which may delay the closing date for West Island. If West Island is closed, SwimOP has an alternative location to dip at the docks near the entrance to Trillium Park. 
 
We regret this last-minute plea, but we are asking as many supporters of Ontario Place as possible to come down to the West Island bridge from 11:00 AM on New Year’s Day to support the swimmers and plungers and show the provincial government yet again how unhappy we are about the theft of our public park and the decimation of a 14-acre forest that provides the home for over 200 species of birds and animals, all to make way for a needless, unwanted privately owned spa.
 
Please keep in mind that if we are lucky, this may turn out to be just a dress rehearsal, but we still really encourage you to come out. Bring spouses, friends, kids, colleagues, neighbours, pets, and anybody (or any creature) to help get out our message to Save Ontario Place, Save the Trees, and Stop the Spa. 

And don’t forget signs and chalk if you have…
 
Let’s make January 1st, 2024, a day to remember!
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<![CDATA[This is how Kinga Surma repurposes trees]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2023 22:19:37 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/this-is-how-kinga-surma-repurposes-trees
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This shows where pine trees have been cut down at Echo Beach, the remains of which are unceremoniously ground up, as seen in the top photo.
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<![CDATA[The world is watching... the willows are weeping.]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2023 23:21:36 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/the-world-is-watching-the-willows-are-weepingIn an international alert, sent out yesterday, the World Monuments Fund (New York) condemned, in the strongest terms, the imminent destruction of the original landscape designed by renowned Canadian landscape architect Michael Hough at Ontario Place.  
 
In 2020 WMF identified Ontario Place as a site of international significance which was “at risk” WMF was joined by the Cultural Landscape Foundation (Washington) yesterday in saying they were particularly disturbed by the Province of Ontario’s complete disregard for their own Environmental Protection Act, Heritage Act and Environmental Bill of Rights which govern this site.  
 
The province has constructed an 8-foot-high wall of black hoarding, which stretches nearly a kilometre across the entire site.  Behind this wall of shame – nearly 200 of the 1,500 trees slated for destruction have already been felled. Once on the ground - the trees are shredded so the evidence of their demise disappears and is quietly trucked away.  
 
The assault on East Island seems to have begun today. A magnificent old willow, 72 cm in diameter and in excellent condition, was taken down and is now a pile of wood chips.
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A large, gracious willow was was felled along the shore of the east lagoon today, one among many trees planted by Michael Hough we believe will be lost to accommodate Martha Schwartz Partners' landscape plans for East Island
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The site of the former Children's Playground seems to be the staging and processing area for the campaign to cut down trees on East Island
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Shredding the evidence
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16 small trees met their end at the entrance to Echo Beach
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<![CDATA[EVERY ONE OF THE LARGE TREES IN THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS GONE]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2023 21:29:22 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/every-one-of-these-trees-are-gone]]><![CDATA[Artistic defiance at West Island]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2023 20:42:13 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/artistic-defiance-at-west-island
The Trees Have Spoken is an environmental art intervention on behalf of the trees of Ontario Place. Hundreds of fallen autumn leaves from the West Island of Ontario Place were collected in late October, early November, cut into heart shapes and pressed in books before being sewn together with red and green cotton thread in sets of strings.

The public statement of the trees ’Leaf me be’ was added to many of the leaves with a manual typewriter.
Eleven strings in nine locations, each consisting of 30-45 leaves were installed on December 15, 2023 among the trees on the West Island of Ontario Place as an act of defiance.

It is only by respecting nature that we begin to stop harming ourselves.

 Artist Staement by Martin Reis & Richelle Forsey
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<![CDATA[Tour with Walter Kehm a huge success]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2023 03:29:35 GMThttp://savethetreesatop.com/whats-happening/december-16th-2023We had a great tour from the acclaimed landscape architect, Walter Kehm. At least 75 people showed up at West Island to hear Walter speak about his personal experience at Ontario Place, his appreciation for the amazing habitat that has developed over the last 10 years, and he shared his knowledge about trees and plants that are flourishing there. We are very grateful to Walter for leading us around and through West Island. He spoke with elegance, authority and good humour. Thank you again, Walter!

​And thanks also to all the people who joined the tour. It was, by all accounts, a huge success.
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Safwat Ghabbour
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Vik Pahwa
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Vik Pahwa
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Vik Pahwa
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