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A letter to Councillor Janet Davis, January 7, 2009

Councillor Janet Davis
Chair, Community Development and Recreation Committee
City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C57
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Dear Councillor Davis,

Here is the second of four “Zanetti Reports” about the City of Toronto’s outdoor compressor-cooled ice rinks. I had no response from either Parks, Forestry and Recreation management or your office about the first report. I’m hoping that you’ll have an opportunity to read this and the next two – they are based on a good deal of research and they point to some simple, inexpensive improvements that are long overdue.

It appears today that my information-gathering is about to get more difficult, since rink staff are apparently being directed to send me to the media office if I ask questions at rinks. (I’ve sought clarification from Malcolm Bromley but he has not yet replied.) This is perhaps a kind of recognition that our website is gradually gaining users (now over 700 visits a day), but I think it’s still an unfortunate step by Parks, Forestry and recreation management. “Let’s make it work” (Mario Zanetti’s motto) seems more useful than “let’s keep it quiet.”

Hoping this will change,

Jutta Mason

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