Transcript: Main Street Ontario: Mimico | Jun 07, 2019

The TVO logo appears on a black screen.

(music plays)

Old pictures of different parts of a city overlap on a map.

A male voice says ALL THE ACTION WAS DOWNTOWN.

A female voice says THE DOWNTOWN WAS SO ALIVE,
THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE.

Another male voice says EVERYBODY ON THE MAIN STREET
KNEW ONE ANOTHER.

Another female voice says I REMEMBER THE MERCHANTS
HOSING DOWN THEIR SIDEWALKS,
CRANKING UP THEIR AWNINGS.

A third male voice says IT WAS BUSTLING.
THE STREET HAD LIFE TO IT.

The name of the show appears on a road sign. It reads "Main Street Ontario. Mimico."

Robert Colwin, a man in his late sixties with receding hair says IF YOU HAD TO CATEGORIZE MIMICO,
I GUESS IT'S ALWAYS BEEN
THE PLACE BY THE LAKE, YOU KNOW.
IT'S ALWAYS BEEN
A WORKING CLASS AREA
WITH SOME VERY RICH PEOPLE
WHO LIVE RIGHT ON THE LAKE.

Ricky Miller, a man in his sixties with a beard says ALL THIS
USED TO BE OLD FACTORIES.

Photo cut outs pop up as each person speaks.

An animation shows the cut out faces of the people talking on figures recreating the stories mentioned.

In off, Larry McPhail says MR. CHRISTIE'S WAS HUGE.
A MASSIVE EMPLOYER
AND JUST A GREAT SPOT.

In off, Robert says THERE WAS CAMPBELL'S SOUP.

In off, Ricky says ACROSS THE STREET
USED TO BE VENCOL METALS.

In off, Helen Wilcox says ALCAN FOIL PRODUCTS.

In off, Mary Corkery says THEY'RE ALL GONE.
THEY'RE ALL GONE.

In off, Ken Jenson says ALL OUR SHOPPING,
WE WALKED UP TO CHURCH ST.

In off, Tom Wicks says CHURCH ST.
WHICH IS NOW ROYAL YORK RD.

In off, Ken says SNOWDEN'S DRUGSTORE
AND BARKETTS.

Cassandra Chisholm, a woman in her late forties with brown hair says A FISH N' CHIPS SHOP,
THERE WAS A GREEN GROCER,
THERE WAS A BUTCHER.

Anne Munro, a woman in her sixties with blond hair says A SHOP CALLED ANNE'S.
AND SHE SOLD CHIPS
AND THINGS LIKE THAT
FOR THE KIDS
THAT WENT FOR THEIR LUNCH.

Cassandra says THE LANDSCAPE OF LAKESHORE
HAS CHANGED AN AWFUL LOT.
THE ONE PLACE,
AND I STILL MISS IT TODAY,
WAS THE MIMICOMBO.

In off, Patricia McPhail says YOU KNOW,
IT HAD A BOWLING ALLEY
ON THE BOTTOM
AND A ROLLER RINK ON THE TOP.

In off, Bernadette Marino says IT WAS INCREDIBLE,
IT WAS CROWDED,
IT WAS NOISY, IT WAS DARK.

Brenda Blair says
SKATING ALL NIGHT LONG,
AND GOING HOME AT EIGHT O'CLOCK
ON A SUNDAY MORNING
AND THEN HAVING TO GO TO CHURCH,
THAT WAS ALWAYS FUN.

She laughs.

Diego Burgoa, a boy of around 8 years old says SO, HELLO, MY NAME IS DIEGO.

Cintya Burgoa, a woman in her late thirties says AND MY NAME
IS CINTYA, I AM DIEGO'S MOM.

Diego says SO, MOM,
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT MIMICO?

Cintya says HM. WHAT I DO I LIKE?
I LIKE THE FACT THAT WE LIVE
VERY CLOSE TO THE LIBRARY,
IT'S A GOOD THING.

Diego says YEAH, UM,
I LIKE THE LIBRARIES AS WELL.

In off, Myrna Silk Elefsen says THIS LIBRARY WAS BUILT IN '67
BECAUSE IT IS
THE MIMICO CENTENNIAL.

In off, Jacqueline Howard says THE LIBRARY WAS BUILT
TO BE LIKE A CENTRAL LIBRARY,
A MAIN LIBRARY,
NOT JUST
A NEIGHBOURHOOD LIBRARY.
IT HAS A PROGRAM ROOM,
IT HAS AN AUDITORIUM
AND SOME OF THE SMALLER
LIBRARIES DON'T HAVE ALL THAT.

The library floor plan appears.

Anne Keyes, a woman in her fifties with blond hair says LIBRARIES
ARE ABOUT CHAMPIONING LITERACY.
YOU NEED TO BE LITERATE
IN ORDER TO SUCCEED IN LIFE,
AND IF YOU DON'T
HAVE THAT SKILL
IT'S GOING TO BE VERY,
VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOU.

Vismay Sian, a man in his thirties says I USE THIS LIBRARY A LOT.
I CAME HERE
AND I READ SO MANY BOOKS,
MORE THAN HUNDREDS OF BOOKS,
AND I THINK THAT'S LED
TO A BIG TRANSFORMATION.

Ellina Anna, a blond girl of 7 years old says LAST YEAR WE SIGNED UP
FOR SUMMER READING CLUB.

Alex Petrakov , a boy of 8 years old says WE DID CRAFTS DOWNSTAIRS.

Ellina says WE MADE MASKS
AND DIFFERENT KINDS OF CARDS.

Diego says I LIKE TO PLAY COMPUTER GAMES,
I LIKE TO READ BOOKS
IN THE LIBRARY.
AND ALSO,
IT'S WHERE THE SPANISH CLASS IS.

Cintya says YEAH, WHICH IS GOOD.

Claudia Montoya, a woman in her forties says ALL THE PROGRAMS ARE FREE.
WE HAVE THE SPANISH FOR CHILDREN
AND EVERY SATURDAY MORNING.
WE'VE BEEN HERE
PROVIDING SERVICES FOR NEWCOMERS
AND ALSO FOR OLDER PEOPLE THAT
NEED ASSISTANCE FOR INFORMATION,
IMMIGRATION PAPERS,
PASSPORT, ANY KIND OF DOCUMENTS.
SO, I HELP THEM WITH THAT.

Yaling Houng, a woman in her late thirties says I COME
HERE EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON,
BECAUSE THERE IS A PROGRAM
FOR FREE ENGLISH CONVERSATION.

Don Pearce says WHAT I DO,
I COME TO THE LIBRARY,
THEY KNOW ME
HERE AT THE LIBRARY.
THEY SEE ME EVERY FRIDAY.
I'M GOING,
"HI, HOW YOU DOING?
I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU FOR A WEEK."
OR SOMETHING.
AND, I DO MY BILLS
FOR THE MONTH, AND I GET ON.

Anne Keyes says AS THE SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
AND SOCIAL SERVICES IS ERODED,
MORE AND MORE PRESSURE
IS BEING PLACED ON LIBRARIES.
WE'RE THE ONE PLACE
WHERE YOU CAN GO
AND NO ONE'S GOING
TO ASK YOU TO BUY A COFFEE
IF YOU WANT TO STAY
AND USE THE WI-FI.
WE TALK ABOUT PUBLIC SPACE,
BUT THERE REALLY ISN'T.
IT'S ACTUALLY AN ILLUSION
THAT THERE'S ALL THIS SPACE
THAT PEOPLE
CAN HANG OUT IN FREELY.
BUT THE LIBRARY'S
ONE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO.
WHERE CAN YOU GO WHERE YOU'RE
NOT GOING TO BE HARASSED
AND YOU CAN BE SAFE?
AND A LIBRARY'S
ONE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GO.

An animated postcard reads "Dear Centennial Libray, you are such a well-loved place, thanks for being a welcoming space! Sincerely, Mimico."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Produced in association with TVO. Never stop learning.

With the participation of The Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

A production of The Tale of a Town Canada. www.thetaleofatown.com.

Copyright 2019, The Tale of a Town Inc.

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