Outrage! Canadian Air & Space Museum being evicted

How could the government that returned “Royal” to our Navy and Air Force commit such a crime against our heroes and our history?

Write the “Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages” at the address below, no postage needed.
Check my “General Interest” links to find out who your MP is, together with their contact information.
Don’t forget the Leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green parties, either.

I think James Moore’s office needs a little less “official languages” policy and a lot more “heritage” policy!

Added to the shame is that the Museum is required to pay rent, and the building is falling into disrepair.  The Museum is experiencing financial difficulties, and needs money- money which the Federal Government should be providing.

You can make a donation here.

Jeff Goodall.

Air museum eviction ‘immoral,’ vet says

Toronto Sun
Kevin Connor: Sept. 21st, 2011

TORONTO – Second World War pilot Philip Gray says it is “immoral” that Downsview Park is evicting the Canadian Air and Space Museum.

“This is a terrible way to repay young 21-year-old boys who went to war and never turned 22. I am disgusted that their heritage can be just wiped out,” the 89-year-old Gray said Tuesday as the museum was packing up artifacts.

“I got the shock of my life when I heard this. We could lose all this history. It makes you wonder what these boys died for … a government that doesn’t care about heritage.”

Downsview Park — which gave the eviction notice on Tuesday — is a federal park.

There was no notice given for the eviction, museum CEO Robert Cohen said.

“They didn’t come over here like men. They hid behind their board room. This is how federal employees want to preserve history. This is a black eye for Canadian history,” said Cohen, who admits the museum is behind on its rent.

Although the museum receives some government funding, 80% of its revenue comes from the public.

“We get 10,000 schoolkids here a year and seniors love it here. We have 3,000 artifacts and half a million digital images. I don’t know where we are going to put them,” Cohen said.

Davis Soknacki, chairman of the board of directors for the park, said Downsview will store the artifacts at its own expense for the museum,

“We are building a four-pad ice complex which will be open in two years and we need to get vacant possession in order to get the investment going,” said Soknacki, who issued eviction notices to seven tenants at the park.

“The (museum) building is falling down and isn’t up to code,” he said, adding, “There is a great need for skating and hockey.”

The museum’s historic, red-tipped Avro Arrow is now in the parking lot.

Bill Tee was a designer who worked on the Avro Arrow before the project was controversially halted.

“This is a sad day. I hope this will have a better outcome than in 1959 when they ended the Avro Arrow. This is just so short-sighted,” said Tee, who volunteers at the museum.

“It is a shame that the government is taking this attitude. They have no appreciation for aerospace history.”

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To make your views known, contact the minister responsible:

The Honourable James Moore
Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

(No postage necessary)

Or send an e-mail to: James.Moore@parl.gc.ca

Visit the Canadian Air and Space Museum website here.