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Richard White

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Honestly though, the CNE is a shell of what it once was. I blame it on the city leasing out all the buildings for unrelated purposes to make a quick buck.

I mean think about it.. the Music Building could have been used by the TSO, the Horticultural Building could have been used by the city as a conservatory much like Kew Gardens in London, UK.

Even the Government of Ontario building could have been leased as a government conference center (Similar to Ottawa). The only building that stayed true to its intended purpose is the horse palace.

If the CNE is to survive, the province needs to buy out the leases or at least mandate that they be open during the CNE. Right now, the only buildings open during the Ex are the QE building, Food Building and International Building. Everything else is privately leased and closed.
 

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Knowing Doug Ford he will raze the place and put up condos.
From my limited understanding of the situation, I think the CNE and Exhibition Place are separate entities. As long as there is a demand for it, I would assume the CNE, or at least something very similar (even if under a new name), will continue regardless of the CNE Association's present financial circumstances.
https://www.thestar.com/business/20..._city_of_toronto_become_independent_fair.html
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-99642.pdf
 
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From my limited understanding of the situation, I think the CNE and Exhibition Place are separate entities. As long as there is a demand for it, I would assume the CNE, or least something very similar (even if under a new name), will continue regardless of the CNE Association's present financial circumstances.
https://www.thestar.com/business/20..._city_of_toronto_become_independent_fair.html
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-99642.pdf
I remember when "Exhibition Place" was called "Exhibition Park". That changed when they created mostly parking lots for the trade shows.
 

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I remember when "Exhibition Place" was called "Exhibition Park". That changed when they created mostly parking lots for the trade shows.
I only remember it as the “CNE Grounds”, and I thought the “Exhibition Place” name started at some point in the mid 1970s at the same time CNE Stadium was expanded for baseball and became Exhibition Stadium, though I can’t seem to find any specific mention of that being the case.
Edit: I don’t remember hearing anyone call it “Exhibition Park”, but newspaper archive stories from June 1974 have a consulting firm recommending the name change from Park to “Place”, then the change being approved in November.
 
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Although I trash it all the time, I'm kind of missing the CNE this year. Just got back from a few days in Niagara Falls, where that carnival atmosphere is in full swing.
 

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Just in case it hasn't been mentioned here yet, the air show will be happening Sept. 4-5.
 
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