|The Lister Bock after restoration|
It might be helpful to distinguish between the exercise of a power — actually designating a property — and the strategic “use” of that power to pressure others to act — prodding municipalities or owners to save a threatened structure by warning of provincial intervention. So, since the Lister Block, what use has been made of the now-not-so-new provincial powers?
Or, looked at from a different angle, provincial designation, as conceived and resourced, is no match for Ontario's long tradition of decentralized heritage decision-making.
This is not to excuse provincial inaction, but reluctance is understandable!