Liberals support direction for a revamped, mixed-use future for Ontario Place.
They may be fairly vague, but they have been endorsed in principle: today Minister of Tourism and Culture Michael Chan backed the recommendations issued by a panel convened to look at the future of Ontario Place. Those recommendations, though they are short on specifics, lay out a general direction for the site—mixed residential, commercial, and recreational uses; a place geared to Toronto locals rather than tourists; and no casino. The panel, spearheaded by former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory, wants Ontario Place to be environmentally friendly, focus on public spaces, and become better integrated into surrounding neighbourhoods. While we don’t know exactly what that might look like—and we certainly don’t know how it might get paid for (the panel’s report was especially skimpy on the details when it came to this)—the government has accepted all 18 recommendations, which set out a direction for further discussion and planning.