UofT sale of Dunlap Observatory goes against donor terms

December 12, 2007

The heir of a uToronto donor feels that land donated by her grandmother is being "confiscated" by the university.  The university decided last month to "scrap" the David Dunlap Observatory, which is built on land donated by Jessie Donalda Dunlap -- land which will now be sold to the highest bidder for up to $100 million.  Mrs. Dunlap's granddaughter reports that she was contacted 20 years ago regarding the sale of the land, but that she was able to oppose it until the Ontario Supreme Court set aside Mrs. Dunlap's wishes.  The donation specified that the land and its improvements were to revert to the donor and her heirs in the event that the facility ceased to be used.