Dear Friends and Colleagues:

This week, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a report from the City Manager to close “museums with the least attendance, and revenues compared to costs.”

 

Another proposal asks the City Manager to report on further extensive cuts to culture programs.

These proposals indicate a misunderstanding of what museums are. In any city, museums are about identity, linking the past to the present. In Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city, museums are even more crucial to social cohesion.

Toronto’s historic museums - Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina House, McKenzie House, Colborne Lodge, Market Gallery, Gibson House, Zion Schoolhouse, Scarborough Historic Museum and Fort York – are the repository of our collective heritage.  Destroy them and you destroy the DNA of who we are and how we got here.  Each of these sites, whether they be in downtown Toronto,  Scarborough, North York or Etobicoke, reflect not only our past, but are also neighbourhood hubs for sharing and learning about our modern diverse communities.

Clearly there is room for improving the attendance and the financial performance of these museums. However, closures are not the answer. The museum closings will be before City Council on Monday September 26th. I urge you to write to the Mayor and members of City Council to raise your voice in opposition to this proposal.  Below please find contact information for the Mayor and Councillors.

Gail Dexter Lord and Barry Lord Co-Presidents
Lord Cultural Resources

Mayor Rob Ford                                        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)397-3673
Councillor Paul Ainslie                              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4008
Councillor Maria Augimeri                       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4021
Councillor Ana Bailao                               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-7012
Councillor Michelle Berardinetti             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-0213
Councillor Shelley Carroll                         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4038
Councillor Raymond Cho                         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4076
Councillor Josh Colle                                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4027
Councillor Gary Crawford                        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4052
Councillor Vincent Crisanti                      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-0205
Councillor Janet Davis                              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4035
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-0204
Councillor Michael Del Grande               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-1374
Councillor Frank Di Giorgio                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4066
Councillor Sarah Doucette                       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4072
Councillor John Filion                              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)395-6411
Councillor Paula Fletcher                        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416)392-4060

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