Apr 05, 2017
By Andy Johnson
The City of North Bay has decided to keep the Dionne Quintuplets birth home and its contents with in the city.
City council was reacting to a public outcry over a proposal to move the home to a nearby community and hand over its contents to museums and universities.
Among the most vocal opponents were the two surviving quintuplets, who wrote a letter to councilors suggesting there is a “moral obligation” to safeguard the home as a part of Canadian history.
The 82-year-old sisters, who live in Montreal, said their story put the City of North Bay in the global spotlight and serves as a reminder of “how society and politicians sometimes bend the rules.” The Ontario government took them from their parents and placed them in a special hospital where they spent the first nine years of their lives and where they served as a tourist attraction that poured roughly $500 million into provincial coffers.
The quintuplets were born in 1934, the first in the world to survive more than a few days.