Statement by Tom Robertson
How successful would the CNE grounds in Toronto be if it was built out in the suburbs off the 401 and not on the waterfront that is served by passenger rail and intensive public transit. Not only is the CNE is held there but the Royal Agricultural Fair, the Car show, the Boat show as well as countless trade fairs generating tax dollars and private sector revenues. On this Site was the Old stadium that was home to, concerts,the Argo's and the Blue Jays until they moved to another urban stadium. Presently on site is BMO Field home of MSL soccer and the Ricoh Centre home of the Toronto Maple Leaf AHL team. Spun off from this location is Ontario Place on the waterfront and is very successful. It would be absurd to expect all this development overnight but Council now has the opportunity to plant the seed to let it flourish. If any Councilor votes against the West Harbour site it shows they have no vision for the City except for turning a fast buck over to Bob Young to deposit in his USA bank account.
"They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot"
- Joni Mitchell