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Ontario Science Centre not worth fixing, says Doug Ford

Ontario Science Centre not worth fixing, says Doug Ford
Ontario Science Centre not worth fixing, says Doug Ford

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford says it would be “foolish” to repair the Ontario Science Centre building.

According to the government, the science center had to close abruptly last month due to structural problems with the roof. However, there has been much criticism of the decision to close the center instead of addressing the problems and keeping parts of it open.

Ford said today that the original engineering report has now been peer-reviewed and that officials will hold a news conference on Thursday to discuss several other issues with the building, in addition to the roof.

According to Ford, people fall off their chairs when they see the details. He calls the building “a total mess.”

A government business case study into the science centre’s relocation from its east-end Toronto location to the waterfront attraction Ontario Place found that the current building faces $369 million in deferred and emergency maintenance over the next 20 years.

According to the Court of Audit, a lack of financing by successive governments is a major cause of this.