The Ontario Heritage Trust has publicly released the 2006 recommendation prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Culture on the heritage value of the Lister Block.
Kieran Dickson, a local heritage advocate, filed a freedom of information request with the Ontario government to release the report. After the request was denied on the grounds that the report constituted confidential advice to the government, Dickson appealed the decision, and an adjudicator ordered the government to release it.
As Dickson suspected after having read some related documents, the recommendation explicitly affirms that the Lister "is a provincially significant building that is associated with provincially significant patterns of Ontario's history and is an increasingly rare aspect of the province's heritage."
The report (available for download as a PDF) makes the following six resolutions, all forwarded to the Minister of Culture:
City councillors will vote on June 23 on a proposal to buy the building for $25 million after its owner, Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) renovates it.
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