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posted October 12, 2007

MasterCard has said it will give the City $160,000 so the rinks can open on time in December.

Why the number $160,000?

From the transcript of the September 26 City Council meeting:

Councillor Bill Saundercook: "Ms.Librecz, in our discussion around the outdoor rinks…would it not make sense to open for December and close earlier?"

Brenda Librecz: "We were asked to bring in savings for 2007, and that’s why we brought this in…we were trying to save $160,000 or so, and that was the instructions that we were provided."

What's the time the rinks were planned to open this year?

October 4, 2007, e-mail from outdoor rinks manager Kevin Bowser:

Prior to the cost containment, our plan would of been to open most rinks on Dec 8th, with the exception of Dufferin Grove, Rennie, Mel Lastman and Albert Campbell Dec. 1st. Nathan Phillips would of opened on Nov. 24th. Closing dates would of been Mar 2 for most rinks with some being open weather permitting until the end of March break, March 16th.

E-mail from Jutta Mason to outdoor rinks manager Kevin Bowser, October 12 2007

Re Mastercard's electrifying offer to donate $160,000 to open the rinks at the scheduled time:

1. Maybe VISA will throw in a little more ($8000?) to open all the double pads at the ideal time (Nov.16), using the permanent staff who are on duty anyway?

2. As you may know, Dufferin Rink staff have been doing a live citywide outdoor rink hot line for about 4 years now, with the rink manager's blessing -- and they're ready to do it again this year. Maybe as an appreciation, it could be called the "Mastercard rink hotline"? (Although the Mastercard PR people told me they're not asking for any branding.)

This rink story is developing some unexpected plot twists -- Wednesday's meeting should be interesting.

Executive Committee Nov.26 2007

P. 10 Outdoor Artificial Ice Rinks:

Acceptance of the donation of $160,000 from MasterCard Canada has no net financial impact on the Parks, Forestry and Recreation 2007 Operating Budget. The incremental operating cost of opening the outdoor artificial ice rinks for the month of December is estimated at $160,000 and the revenue from the donation will offset these costs.

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