Toronto’s Waterfront is not only threatened by the Island Airport, a huge new mega-nightclub with a capacity of 15,000 is planned for Polson Pier. Waterfront residents are opposing it at the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission. This is an update on the campaign. Editor
I’ve got some good news and some bad news regarding our waterfront. Unfortunately, mediation efforts for the planned mega-nightclub in the Port Lands have failed. That’s why we are now fighting the wrong-headed plans in front of the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission. But defending our vision of Toronto’s waterfront that’s for all to enjoy comes at a cost as we face growing legal expenses. Can you help out and pitch in?
The planned nightclub would be largest in the world – with a capacity of more than 15,000. Such an outsized facility would overwhelm a crucial part of our waterfront that’s slated for renewal with noise and traffic (see CBC story). We can’t let it happen.
The good news is that Waterfront for All – a new umbrella group for protecting and enhancing Toronto’s waterfront – is up and running. With 16 member organizations now, including prominent groups like NoJetsTO, we’ve adopted by-laws and elected a set of officers: Ed Hore as Chair, Ron Jenkins as Secretary (that would be me), and Tim Ehlich as our Treasurer. The rest of the Steering Committee including two Vice-Chairs will be selected soon. Please let us know if you would like to help out.
Over the past years, concerned citizens from across Toronto have defeated wrong-headed proposals for casinos, Ferris wheels, and jets on our waterfront. Together, we will protect it from the mega-club threat. Thank you for donating today!
Secretary, Waterfront for All
PS: If you haven’t done so yet, please also sign and share our petition against the waterfront mega-club plans.