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posted on August 27, 2007
Thanks, Mr. Miller, for killing my rink time
By: DAVE BIDINI
Published: AUGUST 25, 2007
Source: SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Skating (and playing hockey) at Christmastime is as romantic as it is spirit-bearing. Each December, packs of adults are loosed from their work stations and children freed from their learning prisons so that they might drift, bladed, across the cold earth.
This annual snikking stampede is one of the city's great seasonal traditions. But if Toronto City Council has its way, citizens will be forever robbed of skating at Christmastime. New scheduling - the result of dire budgetary issues - will delay rink openings from early December to Jan. 1, at the end of the winter holiday.
That city councillors would besmirch one of the uncorrupted constants in our civic, cultural and social life - from the Conacher brothers chasing each other around the frozen playgrounds of Jesse Ketchum school in the 1930s to Paul Coffey stopping by for a skate at Ramsden Park - is to recklessly sledgehammer that which isn't broke.