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.