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posted on December 25, 2011

Porter: Businessman David Rothberg’s skating gift to Torontonians

By: Catherine Porter
Published: Fri Dec 23 2011
Source: The Star

David Rothberg has given you the best Christmas present.

You don’t even know the man? That makes it even better!

Who doesn’t love an unexpected gift from an absolute stranger? Think of this as the opera singer who belts out Handel’s Messiah on the subway platform on Christmas Eve — a little magic to remind us for a breathless moment that we are all in this together.

Rothberg’s present: three full days of public skating at three rinks in the city’s west end over the holiday. And not just skating, but also cups of hot chocolate and bowls of hot soup, still-warm slices of bread and maybe some gooey macaroni and cheese inside warm rink houses.


posted on July 12, 2011

What went wrong with Etobicoke’s state-of-the-art arena?

By: Robyn Doolittle
Published: June 25, 2011
Source: The Star

Two dozen members of the Lakeshore Lions Club were scattered throughout the crowd that morning on Sept. 8, 2009.

A beaming Brian Burke walked to the podium as cameras flashed. The Lions looked on, marveling at what they done.

Ten years earlier, the volunteer group had wanted to add a second ice pad to their humble rink in south Etobicoke. Now, they were unveiling a $44 million, state-of-the-art, 260,000-square-foot, four-rink complex that Burke, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, would dub the “Cadillac” of training facilities.


posted on April 12, 2011

Do helmets encourage risky behaviour?

By: Alex Hutchinson
Published: Apr. 10, 2011
Source: The Globe and Mail

The question

Do helmets really help reduce my risk of a head injury?

The answer

The message that Mikael Colville-Andersen offered to his audience at the TEDx conference in Copenhagen last November isn’t what you’d expect from a cycling advocate who travels the world promoting urban bike use.

“There are actually scientific studies that show that your risk of brain injuries is higher when you’re wearing a helmet, and that you have a 14-per-cent greater chance of getting into an accident with a helmet on,” he said. “These are not things that we hear about too often.”


posted on March 16, 2011

TDSB’s Skate Library needs your old hockey skates

By: Phil Lameira
Published: February 8, 2011
Source: Beach metro Community News

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In 2008, Liam Deakin's class at Duke of Connaught PS was unable to go skating because only six kids in the class had skates. Liam asked his dad, Brent Deakin, if there was something they could do to help. His dad gladly donated two pairs of skates to the class, but it still wasn't enough.

After contacting Goodwill, Deakin was able to gather up 100 pair of skates of various sizes which were donated to Duke. Many of those were in desperate need of sharpening so Deakin teamed up with Play It Again Sports on Gerrard Street and got a great deal on the sharpening plus a quick turnaround.


posted on March 09, 2011

Best of New York: Best Skating Rink

By: Jacob E. Osterhout AND Amanda P. Sidman
Published: Friday, February 25th 2011

-#1 Lasker Rink

Central Park, 110th St. and Lenox Ave., Manhattan; (917) 492-3857, adults $6.50, children $3.50, skate rental $5.50

Here is a myth that all skating rinks are created equal. One visit to Lasker Rink at the top of Central Park dispels this falsehood. Consisting of two rinks, Lasker is a fun time for both experts and novices with friendly staff, modest prices and an enjoyable outdoor atmosphere. Plus, it’s less crowded and cheaper than its famed Central Park counterpart, Wollman Rink. Sure, it doesn’t maintain the glamorous appeal of the rinks at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park, but Lasker’s beauty lies in its simplicity. You don’t have to wait in line to skate and you won’t be fighting off the hordes of tourists. Of course, you could be fending off a pro since this is where visiting NHL teams come for some outdoor skating fun.


posted on February 15, 2011

Porter: City puts plans for youth skating party on ice

By: Catherine Porter
Published: February 14, 2011
Source: The Star

Skates. Rink. Hot chocolate. Marshmallows over a wood fire. Throw in a Hudson’s Bay blanket and a copy of Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It in the Bush, and you can call yourself Canadian.

That’s what the immigrant kids at Jane and Finch had in mind when they asked the city to let them host a community skating party at a nearby rink this Friday. They’re teenagers from Somalia, Cambodia and Afghanistan learning English, navigating their new city on the TTC and figuring out the mechanics of yanking the laces so firmly around the ankles of their rental skates that their fingers go numb.


posted on February 12, 2011

I want to ride my Icycle

By: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Published: Feb. 12, 2011
Source: tHE National Post

On Saturday, hundreds of spectators will gather at the outdoor rink in Dufferin Grove Park to cheer competitors at a race that defies logic, to the many who store their bikes in November and bring them out again in April.

The 16th annual Icycle bike race on ice showcases the elite cohort of a growing class of Torontonians: those who cycle year-round.


posted on January 24, 2011

Fletcher disappointed four-pad arena funds cut

Previously approved money withheld from city budget

Published: Jan 13, 2011
Source: Inside Toronto

"Ambitious plans to build a state-of-the-art stacked, four-pad sports complex in the port lands have been iced after $34 million in previously approved funding was omitted from the 2011 capital budget.

Councillors learned earlier this week from city manager Joe Pennachetti that the proposed complex is "not recommended" for the $2.049 billion capital budget.

"It's quite disappointing that it has been thrown overboard so quickly. I think it's a bit shortsighted," said Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher Tuesday afternoon. "


posted on January 24, 2011

Group given $100,000 grant to upgrade rinks

Published: Dec. 19, 2010
Source: The Globe and Mail

"After transforming her own community rink into a buzzing family hot spot, resident Jutta Mason is branching out.

Ms. Mason, who worked for years to rejuvenate the outdoor pad, now has a councillor, a parks manager and a $100,000 grant in her arsenal to take her rink fix across the city.

Dufferin Grove Park is no longer your typical barren city rink. The park, bordered by Dufferin Street to the west, between Bloor and College Streets, comes alive daily, with hockey-helmeted young people zipping around the dual ice pads in brightly coloured snowsuits. Nearby, someone is tending to the fire pit to warm chilled hands and feet."


posted on January 24, 2011

Skate Across Toronto: Samuel Smith Park — Toronto’s wonderful new skating trail

By: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Published: December 18, 2010
Source: The National Post

"This snapshot of Samuel Smith Park’s new ice trail is the first in an occasional series on the best places to lace up in Toronto.

Eleanor and Peter Heinz drove Friday from their home near Yonge Street and Highway 401 to Etobicoke, to skate the new ice trail in Samuel Smith Park. Being thrifty, after entering the park at Kipling Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, the couple drove past Green ‘P’, where parking costs $2 per hour, and found a spacious lot about 100 metres closer to Lake Ontario, where parking is free.

I met the couple as we laced up in the spectacular Power House Recreation Centre. This red brick building from 1888 served for a century as the coal-fired heating plant that, via underground tunnels, piped warmth to the adjacent Lunatic Asylum. The asylum now houses Humber College. Its power house, lovingly restored with its 60-metre brick smokestack intact, 10-metre cathedral ceilings, three-storey windows and pine benches, is today the city’s most spectacular skate house."


posted on January 24, 2011

Delayed rink opening miffs park users

By: Valerie Hauch
Published: Nov 17 2010
Source: The Star

If New York City can have outdoor skating ice rinks open in October, says Jutta Mason, she’s not buying arguments Toronto’s argument that it’s not cold enough yet to open 14 outdoor rinks as scheduled on Nov. 20.

The Dufferin Grove Park activist has locked horns with city staff before over delayed openings at free outdoor skating rinks and says they “haven’t proved their case.” This year, 14 of the city’s 51 outdoor rinks are to open Nov. 27, the rest on Dec. 4.

Last year, she and other volunteers flooded the Dufferin Grove Park’s rink (at Dufferin and Bloor) at night on their own — “That’s the easiest time to make ice, when there’s no sun at all” — and had the rink open Nov. 21, a week earlier than the city planned.


posted on January 24, 2011

Skating at city hall rink on thin ice

By: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Published: ov. 8, 2010
Source: The National Post

"Mayor David Miller is leaving one hell of a mess on Nathan Phillips Square for his successor, Rob Ford.

Workers with jackhammers have smashed up the concrete in the skating rink on the square, exposing the pipes that carry coolant underneath the ice surface. Lumberjacks have felled dozens of trees all over the square, including clear-cutting the thicket --with trees up to 25 years old -- that once shaded the Peace Garden.



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