Item - 2015.PE2.5

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 31, 2015 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Parks and Environment Committee on February 25, 2015 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on March 31, 2015.

PE2.5 - Extending Outdoor Skating Season in the City of Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 31, April 1 and 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include cold weather contingency funds into the 2016 Operating Budget to extend the outdoor skating season when weather permits.

 

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report to the May 19, 2015 Parks and Environment Committee meeting on the status of this direction, such report to  include an evaluation of the feasibility of sustainable, multi-year opportunities for sponsorship of the artificial outdoor ice skating season.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 24, 2015) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher on Extending Outdoor Skating Season in the City of Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-77600.pdf
Submission from Councillor Paula Fletcher - Parks and Environment Committee Decision on Item PE26.5 considered on March 3, 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-77604.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(February 25, 2015) Submission from Andrea Demchuk (PE.New.PE2.5.1)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include in her report to the May 19, 2015 meeting of Parks and Environment Committee an evaluation of the feasibility of sustainable, multi-year opportunities for sponsorship of the artificial outdoor ice skating season.

Vote (Amend Item) Apr-02-2015 5:53 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE2.5 - Fragedakis - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 24 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 16 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Justin J. Di Ciano, Rob Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak, David Shiner, John Tory

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-02-2015 5:54 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE2.5 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 29 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 16 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Justin J. Di Ciano, Rob Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak, David Shiner, John Tory

PE2.5 - Extending Outdoor Skating Season in the City of Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include cold weather contingency funds into the 2016 Operating Budget to extend the outdoor skating season when weather permits.

 

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report to the May 19, 2015 Parks and Environment Committee meeting on the status of this direction.

Origin

(February 24, 2015) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth

Summary

Last year, the Parks and Environment Committee adopted motion PE26.5 "Allowing Flexibility in the Operating Budget for Municipal Skating Rinks", which requested:

 

1. The General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to consider including "cold weather" contingency funds, including the use of corporate and private sector partners, into the 2015 Operating Budget to extend the outdoor skating and skiing season when weather permits

 

Pleasure skating and shinny are well-loved winter sports, and in an exceptionally cold winter such as this Torontonians expect their City to ensure the skating season continues with the weather. Instead, Torontonians have seen a last minute scramble to keep rinks open, announced sponsorships, cancelled sponsorships, then new sponsorships announced rather than a well-planned extension of the season as anticipated by the motion above.

 

The City of Toronto needs a firm policy to ensure that rinks remain accessible to our communities throughout the cold season in a reasonable, dependable manner. Groups who permit for shinny and other activities need advance notice of the length of the season in order to organize themselves accordingly.

Background Information

(February 24, 2015) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher on Extending Outdoor Skating Season in the City of Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-77600.pdf
Submission from Councillor Paula Fletcher - Parks and Environment Committee Decision on Item PE26.5 considered on March 3, 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-77604.pdf

Communications

(February 25, 2015) Submission from Andrea Demchuk (PE.New.PE2.5.1)

Speakers

Andrea Demchuk
Councillor Paula Fletcher

Motions

1 - Motion to Add New Business at Committee moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Carried)

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That the Recommendations in the letter (February 24, 2015) from Councillor Fletcher be adopted after amending Recommendation 2 by replacing the word "request" with the word "direction", so that it now reads:

 

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report to the May 19, 2015 Parks and Environment Committee meeting on the status of this direction.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Carried)
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