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CanadaCanada Day festivities at Queen's Park cancelled, free admission to be offered at 10 attractions

04:00  23 june  2019
04:00  23 june  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Rather than offer games and rides at Queen ' s Park on Canada Day , the Ontario government will offer free admission to 10 attractions across the Ontario's Progressive Conservative government has cancelled Canada Day celebrations at Queen ' s Park for this year and will instead divert funds that

The Ontario government is cancelling the Canada Day celebration at the legislature due to declining attendance, with just 5,000 people at last year’s event. “Instead of hosting a single event at Queen ’ s Park , we are providing free admission for thousands of people to Canada Day events across the

Canada Day festivities at Queen's Park cancelled, free admission to be offered at 10 attractions © CBC Rather than offer games and rides at Queen's Park on Canada Day, the Ontario government will offer free admission to 10 attractions across the province.

Ontario's Progressive Conservative government has cancelled Canada Day celebrations at Queen's Park for this year and will instead divert funds that would be used to put on the celebration to offer limited free admission to attractions across the province.

A spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford confirmed to CBC Toronto Saturday that the decision was made a few months ago.

Rather than offer the typical games, crafts, rides and other festivities outside the Ontario legislature, free admission will be offered to the first 500 visitors on July 1 at 10 Ontario attractions. They are:

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Free Canada Day admission was offered to the first 500 people at Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum as well as a number of others across province. Jerry Jiang, (left), likes going to the ROM, but he doesn’t think cancelling Canada Day festivities at Queen ' s Park was a good decision.

Torontonians had mixed feelings as they went about their Canada Day celebrations Monday after Premier Doug Ford' s decision to cancel the annual party on the front lawn of the Ontario legislature, while offering free admission to 10 attractions across the province. Free Canada Day admission

  • Ontario Science Centre.
  • Cinesphere at Ontario Place.
  • Royal Ontario Museum.
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Vaughan.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.
  • Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay.
  • Huronia Historical Parks in Midland and Penetanguishene.
  • Butterfly Conservatory — Niagara Parks Commission.
  • Science North in Sudbury.
  • St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

"Instead of hosting a single event at Queen's Park, we are providing free admission for thousands of people to Canada Day events across the province," Laryssa Waler Hetmanczuk, executive director of communications in the premier's office, said in an email to CBC.

"Ontario families should have the ability to celebrate Canada Day with us, regardless of where in the province they live."

Last year, some 5,000 people braved a heat wave to attend the festivities at Queen's Park. Ford addressed the crowd, and encouraged revellers to continue enjoying the festivities later on at many of the city's fireworks displays.

Hetmanczuk said in her email that the event at Queen's Park has "had low attendance" and typically costs between $300,000 and $400,000. Offering free admission to the 10 attractions will cost the government about $80,000.

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