CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at 1356.cupe.ca This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ontario archives will move to York University

The location is to be at the intersection of Ian MacDonald and York Boulevard. This building is slated to be located at the undeveloped area beside the Bookstore. The soil core samples have been taken to allow for the engineering to be conducted on the foundation.

from the CBC item
Ontario's official archives will move to a new building at York University after being housed in Toronto's downtown for nearly a century.

The province announced Monday that the Ontario archives collection, which includes thousands of documents valued at more than $400 million, will be moved to a new building on Keele Street at York University's main campus.

York will build and operate a new $100-million, three-storey facility, which the province will lease for $6 million a year. The building is scheduled for completion in 2009.

The move comes after a consultant's report said that the present building was devaluing the archives because of mould, sagging floors and the lack of a sprinkler system.

Ontario's Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips says the new location will also make it easier for residents to access the collection.

"York University is very accessible, and I think in some respects it is easier to get to the York location than right downtown, so there are certain advantages to the new location as well," said Phillips.

The minister added that the new building will connect with the university's subway station if the Spadina line extension goes ahead as planned.

The York University announcement http://www.yorku.ca/mediar/archive/Release.asp?Release=1186
The CBC news item http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2006/12/19/archives-ontario.html
The paper edition of The Star included an artist's rendition of the building.

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