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posted on March 10, 2008
Councillor Holyday plans to lace up this week at the city's outdoor rinks - so long as the March ice doesn't thaw
By: The Globe And Mail
Published: March 10, 2008
Source: The Globe And Mail
"One ice rink enthusiast expecting to lace up his skates this week is Councillor Doug Holyday, who plans to check out some of the city's eight outdoor rinks open this week for March break.
After last week's "skategate" at city hall, a partisan brawl over reopening 41 outdoor rinks that closed according to schedule on March 2, Mr. Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) wants to see whether the weather stays cold enough for the public to turn out for a spin.
"Oh, boy," he sighed of the body checks levelled by councillors from the left and right wings. "Councillors were playing politics with the issue." As a former mayor of Etobicoke, Mr. Holyday knows firsthand the weather-related challenge of keeping rinks open this time of the year. "The same thing is true over the years," he said. "You are in a crapshoot trying to keep ice on those rinks in mid-March.""