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Re: CAF at the CNE 2002 to present
« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2008, 22:47:59 »
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Re: CAF at the CNE 2002 to present
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2020, 16:38:04 »

Another annual event affected by COVID-19.

Canadian National Exhibition cancelled for just second time in 142 years
Phil Tsekouras,
Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto

Published Tuesday, May 12, 2020 1:52PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:22PM EDT

TORONTO -- The Canadian National Exhibition, known locally as the CNE and "The Ex", has announced the cancellation of this year’s event amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The summer favourite for Torontonians young and old has only ever been cancelled once before in its 142-year history.

“Safety always comes first at the CNE, and the decision to cancel our event is the right decision during this critical time to protect the health of all Canadians,” Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) President John Kiru said in a news release issued Tuesday.

“Summer in Toronto will not be the same without the sights and sounds of the CNE, alongside so many annual festivals and cultural events that have been forced to cancel.”

The 18-day event, which takes place at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, was supposed to run from August 21 to September 7.

The first cancellation was a result of the Second World War.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford commented on the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday saying he was going to miss the annual tradition.

“It’s one of those things that you make sure you go every year since I can ever remember so it’s really going to be missed, especially to the kids who have been going there for years,” Ford said.

“Especially our age group, the baby boomers, we all grew up there. Those were the days where remember you would hop on the bus and go to the Dufferin Gates and get off with a bunch of friends.”

“It’s part of our culture here. It’s part of our heritage going back over 100 years so I’m going to miss it.”

The CNEA says that the board of directors consulted with both provincial and municipal governments before voting in favour of cancelling the event on May 7.

The CNE is one of largest fairs in North America and sees more than 1.4 million visitors each year.

The event will be sorely missed by the provincial economy, to which it contributes more than $128 million annually, according to organizers. The event also has an annual impact of $93 million on the GTA and employs more than 5,000 seasonal workers during the nearly month-long event.

Also cancelled is the Canadian International Air Show, which typically takes place during the exhibition’s last three days on Labour Day Weekend.

Organizers say that while the exhibition may be cancelled, they are planning to bring the “fun of the fair” to would-be visitors through “creative and innovative ways.”

Reference: CTV Toronto
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