Ontario Science Centre abruptly closes for good

It has certainly come as a huge shock to the community and advocates who have been fighting to protect the Ontario Science Center, but the Ford government says that in just a matter of months, the facility will no longer be structurally sound for the public. And with that, today was the last day it was open. The crews worked quickly to install gates around the beloved facility this morning. The Ford government shutting down the Ontario Science Center permanently today with little notice to the public. The fencing has already been placed all the way around the Science Center. That does not make sense and it speaks to very clearly a preconceived decision to relocate the Science Centre. But the government says the abrupt closure is the result of a new report that has found the roof is at risk of collapsing under snow this winter and was built using construction materials and systems that are now outdated and deteriorating. This is indisputably a health and safety issue. I'm just wondering why so little notice was given to the public. We received the report from the engineers earlier this week. The the timing is as quickly as we could move. The Science Center would have been 55 years old in September 1st, opening its doors in 1969. Critics argue the government could have invested in replacing the impacted roof panels rather than letting them fall apart. What we're seeing happening right now at the Science Center is so emblematic of how Doug Ford treats public infrastructure in this province. He allows it to fall apart and dismantle and then uses it to justify transfers to support his wealthy donors and friends. So we have here is a crisis created by the government by not properly funding it. The government says replacing the roof would cost $40 million and take two to five years of construction, during which time the facility would have to be vacant anyway. Even with an effective program to address deferred maintenance. At some point, the total refresh and replacement of some structure is going to be required. That's certainly the case here. The age of the facility ultimately is beginning to be the thing that counts here. Premier Doug Ford had already made the controversial decision last year to move the Science Center to Ontario Place, but that isn't set to open until 2028 and critics have long rallied against it. We don't want to see 1/2 size OSC light with 18% less exhibition space. Now. The report says the Science Center is safe until October, but the government says time is needed to safely clear the facility before that. In the meantime, they will look for an alternative location for Science Center programming for City News. I'm Tina as Danny.

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