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“VCI must find an alternative to the demolition”

“VCI must find an alternative to the demolition”

TORONTO – The community is still fighting to stop the demolition of the Columbus Centre. Here is a letter sent to the Corriere by Ralph Ciccia, lawyer.
 
Dear Editor, several weeks ago, I hazarded to venture forth to express my opposition to the planned demolition of the Columbus Centre as proposed by the marriage partnership of Villa Charities inc (VCI) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).
The (now) many articles published in the Corriere Canadese prompt one to compare the members of the Executive of VCI to horses equipped with blinkers so that they can proceed without being distracted by what is taking place around them.
An example is provided by the province of Ontario, which while supporting the concept of intensification has expressed its opposition to the planned project. Toronto City Council, the Community and many individual citizens have similarly voiced their disagreement with the demolition.  
 And yet… these “gentlemen” seem determined to proceed with the project as presented to the OMB. In fact, they appear to be dismantling the [Columbus Centre and its programs] little by little in order to then justify its complete demolition.
I am of the view that certain structures, such as the Columbus Centre, should not be demolished just because they may require some maintenance.
And so, I am moved to ask once again who the #@*# these “Bay Street Cowboys” think they are to take upon themselves the decision to tear down a Centre conceived by the Bratty, Gambin, Chiappetta, Di Nino, Fusco, Carrier and Fidani families and funded by people of more modest means like me and so many other members of the Community? I repeat my invitation to VCI to find an alternative to the demolition. If they are unable to do so, I invite the TCDSB to file a divorce.
Ralph Ciccia 
Professional Corporation
Barrister and Solicitor
 
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