May 13, 2020
By Jane Brown
Toronto’s mayor says the cancellation of the CNE this year because of COVID-19 provides us with an opportunity to reinvent the historic annual event.
John Tory says there’s no reason we can’t have a globally admired attraction which would be the same caliber as the Toronto International Film Festival, at the site of the CNE.
“It’s great fun to have the double waffle, double patty, bacon-jam-cognac-maple syrup burger, but at the end of the day, we’re much more than that … I believe it is time for us to have a historic discussion about the 21st-century Ex.”
The Ex joins a long list of large public events cancelled because of the pandemic.
The only other time the CNE was closed in its 142-year-history was during World War II.