On Tuesday, October 31, Toronto City Hall’s Executive Committee will consider a motion from Deputy Mayor Ausma Malik to offer the Ontario Government and Therme a viable and reasonable plan to relocate the mega spa to the grounds of the CNE. This very sensible idea will help protect and preserve the urban natural habitat at Ontario Place and save taxpayers money by discontinuing the need to build a 5-level underground parking facility and further subsidize infrastructure improvements for the mega spa.
We are asking supporters to join two rallies outside City Hall that day, one sponsored by SwimOP and the other by Ontario Place for All. The rallies begin at noon and 1:00 p.m., respectively.
Other ways to make your thoughts known:
Sign up to depute in person or virtually here!
You can also send in written comments for the item here.
(feel free to CC your local councillor and your MPP)
Thanks as always for your support.
In the last two weeks, there has been a flurry of construction activity on the grounds of Ontario Place. Construction hoarding and fencing have been erected that now effectively seals off the two main parking lots and all of East Island in preparation for what the government calls infrastructure improvements and tree removal. We’re talking here about the decimation of about 850 healthy, mature living trees, many of which reside on the site of the Budweiser stage, the parking lots, and even some along Lakeshore Blvd. West.
In addition, the hoarding now extends along Lakeshore Blvd West to the main auto entrance. The only pedestrian entrance still open to West Island is the bridge from the CNE grounds. This situation is extremely worrisome as it will take very little effort to seal off West Island completely. It can happen anytime — it might be days or weeks, we still don’t know— and then the decimation of another 850 trees will begin to prepare for constructing the privately run pay-to-play indoor mega spa.
So, we are asking supporters to continue visiting Ontario Place. Please encourage your friends, neighbours and colleagues to come down and dedicate a tree and send us their photos, and please act as citizen watchdogs and raise the alert if you witness any attempts to close off the island to public access. Email us and/or Ontario Place for All so that we can mobilize a response as swiftly as possible.
The landscape after the removal of the Moriyama-designed Temple Bell Shelter. All the trees in this photograph face annihilation if the mega spa gets built.
Sunday was a great day for painting. Artists from all over arrived on West Island, Ontario Place to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding forest and record in their own ways the light, texture, shapes, and forms of the mature trees that will be levelled if the government of Ontario's plans to build a spa go through. Thanks to all the artists for supporting the struggle to protect this important natural environment in the city.
Join in this Sunday for an afternoon of plein-air painting at Ontario Place to draw attention to the natural beauty of the site and what will be lost if the province moves ahead with its plans to fell over 1500 trees across the site.
What is a Paint-in?
It's like a sit in, but with art!
Sunday, 22 October | 2-5 PM
West Island, Ontario Place
(south shore, just above the pebble beach)
Please note: There will be cards and markers for those who wish to dedicate a tree while there
Greetings, Guardians of Ontario Place forest! We're excited to introduce "What's Happening" – our dedicated space to keep you informed, engaged, and connected with everything related to our beloved Ontario Place forest. In the heart of our urban landscape lies a sanctuary, a testament to nature's resilience and beauty - the Ontario Place forest. But as most of you are aware, this oasis faces threats that could alter its character and diminish its role in our community. This is where our journey begins, and through this blog, we aim to make our collective voices resonate even louder.