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EDITORIAL: Citizen action makes a splash in Ontario

Kids enjoy the opening of Ontario's splash pad. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

If smiles could be cashed in, Ontario would be a rich city right now. The opening of the water features last week at Lions Park was a time of pure joy. The weather was just right, the political speeches were short, and the kids in swimsuits abundant.

Tipping that big bucket of water in a sense washed away all the stresses and strains behind the splash pad. None of the history mattered last Thursday – none of the bickering among adults, none of the fretting over delays, none of the worry about money.

This was a project years in the making and evidence of how citizens can influence government. The closure of the Ontario Aquatic Center set the stage, and in 2016 a local group . . .