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Comment: The operating budget of the outdoor rinks is well over $6 million per 12-week rink season. $2 skate lending at Dufferin Rink brings in between $10,000 and $15,000 of income a year.
Comment: So the rink staff are doing security, not recreation? When was that decided, and by whom?
Comment: As rink users know, the bored staff spend most of their time sitting around, not looking at the rink. Skate lending makes a rink safer and more fun for staff too.
Comment: city staff can run a skate lending program just fine. The "how-to" slide show that Dufferin Rink staff put together is here. Good skate maintenance is part of the job, and can be taught in 20 minutes.
Comment: In 12 years of skate lending at Dufferin Rink, there has never been a lawsuit. Across the city, in a sample 9-year period of rink injury claims, there were only three minor injury claims for any reason, for all outdoor rinks.
If Councillor Layton has new injury claim information relating to outdoor rinks, we hope he can send it to us.
In a Dec.27 tweet, Councillor Layton wrote "my responses to questions came from city staff."
If staff are giving wrong information, or managing public amenities poorly, who but our elected councillors can make sure staff fix the problems?