Union Blames Ford Government On Sudden Closure of the Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre, a globally renowned institution and one of the best science museums according to Reader’s Digest, has now been shut down as of 2:00 PM today.

For over 50 years, the Science Centre has created world-renowned exhibits, experiences, and traveling shows, thanks to its unique team of workers, including science researchers, writers, designers, wood and metal workers, electricians, and digital media experts in its onsite workshops.

“This move is yet another example of Premier Doug Ford’s misguided priorities. By allowing the building to fall into disrepair, the future of over 300 jobs are now in limbo, including contracted food service and cleaning workers who are primarily racialized women. The people of Ontario will also have to go without access to this cherished educational public institution.” said in a release from the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).

Despite the Centre’s financial challenges, experts agree that renovating the current building is both more environmentally and socially responsible and considerably cheaper than constructing a new, smaller facility at Ontario Place. The Premier’s claim that the relocation will increase attendance remains unsupported by any public documentation the OFL said.

The Ontario Science Centre has played a pivotal role in education and community engagement. Over 170,000 children visit annually through school field trips, receiving hands-on science education that sparks curiosity and fosters learning. Additionally, 2,000 children are scheduled to attend day camps in the next two weeks.

“As a parent, I know how far in advance parents plan children’s summer programs and how competitive it is to get into them,” said Laura Walton, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). “The Science Centre has been an invaluable resource for our children, offering unique educational experiences that cannot be found elsewhere.”

“The decision to close this esteemed institution reflects a lack of vision and commitment to children’s education,” Walton continued. “While Ford is preoccupied with maximizing profit by pushing liquor and beer sales in corner stores, his priorities are evidently misaligned with the needs of working people and the educational development of Ontario’s youth.”

300 workers await their fate and parents of 2,000 children are scrambling to find summer programs for their children,

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