- Save Canada's Aviation and Space HeritageOverview of the historical relevance of 65 Carl Hall Road.
- Canadian Air And Space Museum EvictionUpdate on efforts to save the building.
- Media coverageClips from several news reports covering the museum's eviction.
- CASM Closed By PDPMuseum Statement To on Media Sept 20, 2011
Latest Eviction News Coverage
"Don't Toss Canadian History to the Curb"
What people are saying
From: Dave Gillespie <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Mark.Adler@parl.gc.ca; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Councillor_Augimeri@toronto.ca; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; "Yelich.L@parl.gc.ca" <Yelich.L@parl.gc.ca>
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 9:32:00 PM
Subject: Canada Air & Space Museum
I am writing to you all in regards to the recent news that Downsview Park ,the landlords of the Canada Air & Space Museum ,has made it known that they plan to evict the museum and replace the museum building with a hockey rink. You must not let this happen. The building the museum is housed in is a national treasure. It was the main reason I have loaned, and am in the process of donating my DeHavilland Chipmunk ,( a preproduction prototype and oldest airworthy DHC1 flying) to the museum. The fact that this historically significant aircraft can be protected and displayed to the public in the exact spot it was designed and constructed was a major factor in our decision to donate the aircraft. The building at 65 Carl Hall road is as important to Canadian culture as the artifacts that are housed there.
Of the five core values listed in Downsview parks annual report , Legacy is the one that is capitalized. This building is a vital ,unique part of Canada's aviation legacy. They must not be allowed to destroy or replace this building. It is a Canadian cultural property and must be protected for all Canadians . You are in the responsible position to protect the building and the future of the museum.
Please take notice of this issue and respond. Time is of the essence.
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From: Jack Granatstein <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 5:24:02 PM
Subject: Canadian Air and Space Museum
Dear Minister, I write to you as the minister responsible for Parc Downsview in Toronto, the home of the Canadian Air and Space Museum. As you will know, the Parc Downsview management served CASM with an eviction notice a few days ago. As a result, an irreplaceable part of this country's history is in jeopardy.
First, there is the collection of artifacts, now in danger of being scattered if the Museum is shuttered. Second, there is the location itself, the original DeHavilland plant that, if the Parc management carries out its plan, is to be converted into an ice rink. At best, the facade might be preserved. At best. The interior will be gutted and lost.
The Museum needs a reprieve from this move, time to get its finances in order. The Parc Downsview management needs to be made to act in a slightly more civilized fashion. I do hope that you and your colleagues can broker an arrangement that lets history and heritage be served.
-- J.L. Granatstein, PhD, OC
52 St Andrews Gdns
Toronto M4W 2E1
If Downsview Park was managed by Parks Canada, the original de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. factory would have been designated a National Historical Site of Canada years ago. Instead, we have a "Park" who pretends to act in the public interest, but is in fact selling off park lands and heritage buildings to the highest bidder. What happened to Ottawa's original vision for the Downsview site ... We now have a greedy Crown corporation giving hefty bonuses to their employees if they destroy the aviation heritage of the site and pave over the Park! Ottawa should clip the wings of these jokers running the Park and give the Canadian Air & Space Museum a break!!
Ian A. McDougall
Canadian Air & Space Museum
Dear Mr. Ian McDougall,
I heard about the apparent dismantling of the Canadian Air and Space Museum. There's no other words to describe it other than a disgrace. I've been to the Museum and it's the beginning of a gem. It just needs support - the type they get in Ottawa and around the world, but not in Toronto for some reason. I support the Museum at Downsview which houses the world famous Avro Arrow.
The Flying Avro Arrow Musical
524 Ridelle Ave.
Attention: The Rt Honourable James Moore
I am writing as a concerned volunteer and citizen. I was wondering if you were aware of the recent eviction of the tenants in 65 Carl Hall Road in Downsview Ontario? The building is slated to be demolished and replaced with a hockey arena. It is Crown property and was the birthplace of the Canadian Space Program. The building currently houses the Canadian Air and Space Museum. The landlord, Parc Downsview Park, has given the museum six months to effectively wind down its affairs. I would respectfully urge you to step in on behalf of the Federal Government to save this landmark building and the museum it houses. Minister Peter MacKay recently made great fanfare about preserving and respecting Canada's military heritage. This building is the single most important aerospace building in the country. It was the home of the De Havilland Company of Canada. The iconic De Havilland Beaver, which is on our coins, was created there. The Mosquito fighter was built there. The Tiger Moth was built there. Canada's first satellite was built there. The Spar Aerospace company which built the Canadarm was formed there. There could hardly be a more important building in Canada that tells Canada's proud aerospace heritage.
Under the current terms delivered to the museum by the Crown corporation last night, we have to wind down our affairs and move before March 31st. This will result in the scattering of the collection and the demise of the museum organisation, which has taken 15 years to create without a cent of tax money.
Yesterday the Toronto City Council voted unanimously to preserve the museum in Downsview but they have no direct control over Federal property. I have reminded the park management that they are merely the custodians of the country's heritage and should consider what they are leaving for future generations. We have literally thousands of hockey rinks in Ontario and only five aerospace museums. We have only ONE 65 Carl Hall Road. I urge you to speak with the other Federal ministers and do your utmost to stop this building from being destroyed. There are over 500 acres on the same park land which can be used for the proposed hockey arenas. The argument being used by the park's management is that they need the outside investment capital to "save" the building which they claim is in disrepair. However, their solution reminds one of the United States' tactics during the Viet Nam war of "saving" the village by bombing it off the map.
Your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Robert D. Godwin
Editor/CEO - CG Publishing Inc/Apogee Space Books
An alternative to evicting the Canadian Air and Space MuseumDate:
Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:59:38 -0400From:
KIERAN A CARROLL <firstname.lastname@example.org>To:
Thank-you for your reply.
In understand your desire to bring in greater revenue for the park,
which is how I interpret your comment that "the City of Toronto and an
operator are willing to ... bring hundreds of thousands of participants
to the park." I don't doubt that the Park's revenue from that would
be larger than from the existing tenants.
If the city and the operator are willing to front $20M for a new
hockey venue, why not simply make room for them elsewhere in
Downsview Park's site? And leave the current tenants in place.
Some of the revenue from the hockey rinks could then go towards
making the capital investment needed to retrofit the 65 Carl Hall Road
building ---which could perhaps be done at a cost considerably less
than the $20M needed to effectively tear the building down and
replace it with a new one. This would have the advantage of
actually preserving a historically very significant building (as
opposed to just preserving its facade). And, of leaving in place
tenants whose operations resonate with the historical use of
the site --- the Air and Space Museum being one, and the
aerospace engineering firm being another.
Has such an alternative been discussed with the current tenants,
and the hockey-rink guys?
- Kieran A. Carroll
> From: email@example.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Evicting the Canadian Air and Space Museum
> Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:53:57 -0400
> To Kieran A Carroll
> Fm David Soknacki - Downsview Park
> 1. Thank you for writing; let me address your comments and questions about
> 65 Carl Hall Road, the site of the museum and other tenants.
> 2. We acted in order to preserve our heritage, and have given all of our
> tenants of 65 Carl Hall the opportunity to discuss what future they wish to
> have at the Park. The huge building which houses the museum and other
> tenants is in very serious need of repair: it is an energy sieve, windows
> are falling out, it is not to code, and sections are no longer usable. To
> preserve this part of our aviation heritage will take about $20m.
> 3. Since neither the Park, nor any of the tenants have any realistic
> prospect of raising the funds to preserve and retrofit 65 Carl Hall, we
> turned outside.
> 4. While we appreciate your comments "that there are plenty of hockey rinks
> available," both the City of Toronto and an operator are willing to not only
> bring hundreds of thousands of participants to the park, but also to restore
> the heritage building.
> 5. In the meantime we invited all tenants, including the museum, to make a
> proposal to continue at Downsview Park. In addition, for the museum, we have
> offered to help pay for their move, to store their artifacts at Park
> From: KIERAN A CARROLL [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: 21-Sep-11 13:15
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Cc: David Soknacki; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Evicting the Canadian Air and Space Museum
> At http://www.downsviewpark.ca/eng/apm2011.shtml, we are told that questions
> to be raised at the Downsview Park annual meeting may be emailed to this
> I just heard the news that Downsview Park has issued eviction notices to the
> Canadian Air and Space Museum,
> as well as to other tenants, in order to make room for building a few hockey
> What a fundamentally bad idea! There are plenty of hockey rinks available
> everywhere in Canada, but very
> very few facilities preserving Canada's aerospace history.
> And the CASM is even more significant and valuable,
> due to its unique location, in the very building that so many
> historically significant Canadian aircraft and spacecraft were
> I am very familiar with the museum, and have visited it
> (and taken other people to it) on many occasions. If
> replaced with yet more hockey rinks, I don't
> see any reason for me ever to visit Downsview Park again
> in the future.
> My questions for the meeting are:
> - What is so important about adding slightly to Toronto's stock
> of hockey rinks that is so very important, that it justifies closing
> down this unique and valuable museum, and evicting the other
> tenants of the building?
> - If the hockey rinks are so important, why doesn't
> Downsview Park simply put up a new building housing hockey rinks,
> in the copious amount of empty space on the site, rather than
> evicting these tenants and converting the historically significant
> DeHavilland Canada building?
> - Kieran A. Carroll