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Former Toronto Planetarium Site to be sold– for Condos? November 5, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in scifi.
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Toronto claims to be a world class city – but how could it be..when it has turned its back on the stars?

Over a decade ago the Royal Ontario Museum closed what was the Toronto McLaughlin Planetarium – over money issues. They sold off the stellarium, the Zeiss star projector and abandoned–no they NEGLECTED the population of Toronto.

The building has stood vacant – with a few exceptions – for most of this millennium. Now the geniuses that run the ROM who spent all their money on the crystal monstrosity that grows out of the side of the legacy ROM building like some kind of malignant tumor – want to see the Toronto Planetarium site sold for condo development.


The shame is not just on the ROM but on Toronto itself.


1. Toronto Observatory - once one of the largest in the world - to be sold. « Show Me SciFi - November 6, 2007

[…] a very poor relationship with Astronomy in fact – it was just yesterday that we reported on the sad state of the Toronto McLauglin Planetarium…which is now likely set to become a condo […]

2. Tricia - October 16, 2008

I’m greatly disappointed to learn that such a huge city as toronto does not have a planetarium. I grew up in Montreal and have many wonderful memories of going there with my family and friends to learn about Astromy. It saddens me that my two young boys do not have that same opportunity. Forward thinking, not backwards…or are we thinking about our children at all anymore? Our kids should have MORE if not the same learning opportunities we had as children.

3. Nikita - October 20, 2008

Agree with every word…
It is especially painful for me as a physicist…

4. childatheart - January 9, 2009

thats bullshit

5. Meredith Garstin - March 8, 2009

How can one buy it? I would like to save it somehow. My goal is to turn it into a school where a planetarium is needed, such as an astronomy, history or astrology school.

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