The Canadian Air and Space Museum based at Downsview Park is being forced to close by corporate interests who want to install hockey rinks there to increase their profit margin. The museum is home to several historically significant Canadian aircraft including the De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk (the first aircraft actually designed and built by De Havilland Canada where the design didn't originate with the firm's corporate headquarters in the UK), the world famous De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver bush plane, the world's only full scale metal replica of the magnificent Avro Arrow interceptor, the world's first successful, human-piloted ornithopter, one of the few remaining Avro Lancaster bombers along with several hundred rare artifacts, models, examples of aviation art and important documents all housed in one of the few remaining original De Havilland Canada production line hangars that saw the manufacture of de Havilland Tiger Moths and Mosquitoes during World War 2 and the production of Chipmunk, Beaver, Otter, Twin Otter, Turbo Beaver, Caribou and Buffalo aircraft postwar through the 1960's. Apparently the museum was in arrears for its rent, but a new financial agreement had been arrived at last week only to be suddenly overturned with an eviction notice this morning.
I don't know where the museum's holdings will end up if they're forced to close permanently. Hopefully they won't be auctioned off to satisfy some corporatist ratbastards and their lawyers; it'd be a tragedy to lose the Arrow replica and the Lanc. Perhaps the CWH would adopt the Arrow.