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posted on March 06, 2008
By: JOHN SPEARS
CITY HALL BUREAU
Published: March 06, 2008
Source: The Star
The 41 outdoor artificial ice rinks closed by Toronto's parks department last Sunday will stay closed, city council confirmed last night.
After a sometimes nasty debate, councillors voted 18-13 to keep the rinks closed, defeating a motion by Councillor Case Ootes to keep them open an extra two weeks because of the persistent cold weather.
Parks staff said reopening the rinks could cost up to $266,000. Contracts to maintain the freezing equipment have expired, and 55 seasonal staff who run the rinks have already been let go.