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If Ontario Place doesn’t belong to the people of Ontario, who does it belong to?

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(TORONTO) Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has written a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne demanding to know if it is true that Ontario Place has been sold, and if so, to whom?

Premier Wynne held a news conference at Ontario Place yesterday (July 24) to announce plans for a dedicated waterfront trail.

OPSEU members who tried to attend the announcement were blocked by the OPP. The OPP said the OPSEU members had no right to access the news conference because it was taking place on private property.

Ontario Place opened in 1971 as one of Ontario’s premiere tourist attractions, and has been an iconic public institution.

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Following is text of the letter:

Dear Premier Wynne:

Yesterday at your news conference at Ontario Place a number of OPSEU members tried to attend the event, as is their right as citizens of this province.  This was a public event by an elected official on public property.

However, the OPSEU members who tried to attend the announcement were blocked by the OPP from entering Ontario Place.  The OPP said the OPSEU members had no right to access the news conference because it was taking place on private property.

Is it true that Ontario Place has been sold, and if so, to whom?

Sincerely,
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
President, OPSEU