The Gateskeeper: This is what happens when we privatize public spaces

On Friday during this wonderfully warm summerlike weather, a family with an infant child put a small sunshade over their baby stroller while they enjoyed a day at the beach.

Soon afterwards, Janet Gates, the CEO of Ontario Place drove by in a golf cart with an entourage of six other people to come and tell the family that this was not allowed, and that she would be calling security.

Sure enough, a second entourage of security professionals came to enforce the removal of the sunshade, and of course the baby started crying and the family left the beach.

We recorded this all on video, and Janet Gates refers to herself as "OP1".

She carries a two-way radio on which she said "OP1 to security...".

She also doesn't acknowledge this space as a beach, and refers to it as "the rocky shore".

She's frequently said "It's not a beach" and "Don't call it a beach" and "There is no beach at Ontario Place", even though Michael Hough, the creator of the beach more than 50 years ago, called it a beach in his design documentation, and of course City of Toronto also calls it a beach in their records where it is referred to as "Lakeshore Beach".

Fences and Gates:

The problem with private parks is power trip or ego trip, a CEO on a power-trip in what the security forces there refer to as private property.

They say it is private property and that it is owned by a private corporation.

Janet Gates, CEO of Ontario Place, demands family remove sun-shade from their infant child.

If you see more of this kind of abuse of power, shoot video and post it and hashtag #EyeOP and
Can anyone identify the other six members of her posse?


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