Toronto Mike

The Ontario Science Centre: 1969-2024

Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government shut down the Ontario Science Centre without warning Friday citing safety concerns with the building's roof contained in an engineering report it had commissioned.

The report from engineering firm Rimkus Consulting Group found structural issues with some roof panels, some of which require replacement or reinforcement by Oct. 31, 2024, to avoid a potential collapse under a significant buildup of snow, but it stopped short of recommending a closure of the building.

While the issues could be fixed at a cost of between $22 million and $40 million, the province said it chose to shutter the location indefinitely to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff.

There's something rotten in the state of Denmark. The controversial redevelopment of Ontario Place, which includes much public money supporting a private spa, includes a new Ontario Science Centre set to open in 2028. Follow the money.

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