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Mendicino’s Statement: Do not tear down the Columbus Centre

Mendicino’s Statement: Do not tear down the Columbus Centre

We publish a stetement made by MP.  Marco Mendicino to the House of Commons regarding Columbus Centre
 
“Mr. Speaker,   
When the Columbus Centre officially opened its doors in October 1980, it fulfilled a dream of the Italian Canadian community.   
That dream started with a vision where youth and seniors, art and science, politics and faith could all come together in a cultural space which we could call our own.    
Over the years, the Piazza has hosted Prime Ministers, Supreme Court Justices, Cardinals, foreign dignitaries, academics and musicians. Even Luciano Pavarotti visited.     
Transcending these events are the families who come every day to visit their nonnas (both of mine lived at Villa Colombo), or for childcare, or for a workout, or a swim, or just to have an espresso while the accordion plays on Fridays at Cinquecento.   
As the city grows, any case for development must respect the voices of the community first.   
Those voices are loud and clear: do not tear down the Columbus Centre. It is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s the heart of the Italian Canadian community in Toronto.   
A dream that began with a million acts of kindness is now a cherished institution worth fighting for.   
Listen to the community. We are with you”. 
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