In 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.