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The Masonic Temple is the latest heritage building to face an uncertain future. Why can’t we get our (Ontario Heritage) Act together?

November 19, 2012, National Post.

Woe is the heritage-designated property in this city. With alarming regularity, Toronto is seeing structures that have been ignored for years suddenly whipping communities and councillors into a frenzy if someone tries to knock them down and rebuild on the land. Toronto tends to demonize the land owners, but what if it’s actually the city that’s failing its people? Take the Masonic Temple at Yonge and Davenport: Formerly the home of MTV Canada and vacated earlier this month by owners Bell Media, it is now up for sale. Built in 1917,  the property has heritage designation and is an architectural icon, but can it be saved from simply becoming another beautiful building left to rot?

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