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In response to the call for action issued by the SLNA last week, and articulated in the media by our Past President and Development Chair, Suzanne Kavanagh, the provincial government announced on Friday that they would be pausing the demolition of the Foundry heritage buildings on Eastern Ave. until Wednesday, January 27.
This is a step in the right direction and has happened because in less than a week over 19,000 concerned individuals signed the petition to stop this heritage building demolition and almost $13,000 has been raised to support the legal defence fund for this cause. We thank everyone who has given their support to date.
Our Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is leading this advocacy work at the City and Mayor Tory has acknowledged the importance of halting this heritage building demolition.
To succeed in this effort we need to increase the number of signatures on our petition and the Friends of the Foundry legal fund. The SLNA is a founding member of the Friends of the Foundry.
Next Steps - This is an Ontario Problem
The powers being used by the provincial government to demolish these designated heritage buildings in our area can be used anywhere in Ontario. We encourage you to share our petition and our funding links with your friends and family across the province. What we achieve here in our area of Toronto could help other areas of the province where conservation areas and heritage sites may be targeted by the provincial government utilizing these new overriding zoning powers.
We urgently need our supporters to:
One of the SLNA’s key strategic mandates is to advocate for responsible development and preservation of heritage. In this context the SLNA Board, on behalf of its membership, objects most strongly to the demolition of the nearby Dominion Wheel and Foundries buildings ('The Foundry') on Eastern Avenue in the West Don Lands. This has been a municipally listed Heritage site since 2004.