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posted on March 05, 2008

The Globe And Mail: Plan to keep city rinks open in limbo

Published: MARCH 5, 2008
Source: The Globe And Mail

A plea to keep all city outdoor skating rinks open for the March break, dismissed in some quarters as a move to embarrass Mayor David Miller, was left on thin ice yesterday. At city council, citing this year's unusually long, cold winter, Councillor Case Ootes (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) asked the city to reopen 41 outdoor artificial ice rinks that closed last weekend, the usual deadline. Eight others, along with another 40 indoor rinks, are open to the public until March 16. "You are here to serve the public, why wouldn't you take a look to see if it is feasible?" asked Mr. Ootes, denying an intent to put the mayor on the spot. "I talked to the mayor's office last Friday and asked him to consider keeping the rinks open and all I got was why they couldn't do it." At council, as procedural wrangles delayed a debate, councillors received a briefing note from city staff who urged against a quick reopening.


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