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Community Management Boards for Rinks, or Parks?

February 20, 2006

Editorial: Does Anyone Have a Broom? The system for maintaining most city rinks is a shambles.

posted February 19, 2006

A Clash of Cultures: Recent events at Dufferin Grove Park leading to the contemplation of a Management Board for the rink again raise the question: why is there a serious "crisis" -- a conflict with the city -- once or twice a year?

posted February 18, 2006

Thoughts About Parks: Doing More With Less. Itís time to clear up a few things about Dufferin Grove Park and our taxes.

posted on February 16, 2006

Fact sheet on City of Toronto community Boards of Management

posted February 16, 2006

Outdoor Rink Reports. Here's a look at the rough-and-tumble world of running some of Toronto's outdoor rinks.

posted Feburary 15, 2006

Ice Thickness. Each time the ice surface is flooded, the ice slab increases in thickness. While this increase is minimal, there is an additive effect throughout the rink season.

posted Feburary 11, 2006

Report of Community Meeting about Rink Management Board Proposal

posted February 6, 2006

Letter to the general manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation

posted February 1, 2006

Why a Management Board for City Outdoor Rinks? The City's management of outdoor compressor-run ice rinks isnít working.

posted January 24, 2006

Editorial: The Upside Down World of City Rinks

General Information

posted Feburary 15, 2006

Refrigerant Safety Issues. According to its thermodynamic qualities, ammonia is one of the best refrigerants presently known.

City Playground Removals

See the City Playgrounds Page

The issues:

October 24, 2005

Playground Destruction: Why we're concerned

November 9, 2004

Editorial: Making the Playground Safe

August 5, 2004

Playground Removal, May 2004 Newsletter

Playground Issues Digest

Database of playgrounds:

December 6, 2004

City Playgrounds Database: a Wiki of the City's 1999 survey, plans and pictures for about 780 playgrounds

December 6, 2004

City Playgrounds Survey, 1999, Summaries

Fighting to get information:

August 9, 2005

Freedom Of Information: We Get a Surprising Answer About Playground Injuries

August 6, 2005

Analysis of CELOSíS Appeal with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

May 11, 2005

Snakes and Ladders: City Secrets Game about City Playground expenditures

Latest Research & Comments

September 13, 2005

What's the matter with the $10.3 million rink energy retrofit contract? (pdf)

August 10, 2005

Diary: Parks and Rec New Functional Management Approach

See the news page...

Insights into the City

October 23, 2005

Quotes from the MFP Report (pdf): A litany of problems in the bureacracy

September 16, 2005

MFP Inquiry Notes (pdf)

March 1, 2004

Mayor David Miller's Inaugural Speech, December 2, 2003

Cinergy: $10M Contract

September 13, 2005

What's the matter with the $10.3 million rink energy retrofit contract?

December 3, 2005

Cinergy Correspondence Diary

October 25, 2005

The agreement between CINERGY SOLUTIONS and the City of Toronto: excerpts

City: Access to Information

July 25, 2005

First Batch of City's Playgrounds Secrets are Safe With Them

June 24, 2005

CELOS publishes its presentations to provincial Access To Information Adjudicator

May 11, 2005

Snakes and Ladders: City Secrets Game about City Playground expenditures

April 27, 2005

City Parks and Rec Department has trouble accounting for large expenditures

November 18, 2004

List of requests

See the Access To Information Page

City: Management

February 16, 2006

Parks, Forestry & Rec's current plans, 2005-2006 priorities, and strategic plans including community engagement

August 10, 2005

Diary: Parks and Rec New Functional Management Approach

July 25, 2005

Parks and Recreation Revolution

October 24, 2005

Parks Forestry and Recreation Managers (pdf): Who to talk to?

See the City Management Page

June 1, 2004

Map of Strategic Planners' Minds: Restructuring City of Toronto Parks and Recreation, May, 2004

June 1, 2004

An interesting paper about stewardship (definition) in the public service by Jim Armstrong, with reference to the thought of Jane Jacobs. Read more >>

City: Spending

posted November 22, 2005

Park levies questions: The City collects levies on new development. How much? And where does it go?

November 2, 2005

City Audit Committee calls City debt levels "unsustainable"

September 13, 2005

Sample Retraining Costs (pdf) obtained through access to information

November 18, 2004

City secrets: Parks and Rec Consultants Fees

June 7, 2005

A city document - list of Parks and Rec consultant fees (pdf)

November 21, 2004

City's Ontario Works Funds

August 12, 2004

THE $803,000 LIST: Boondoggle?

August 4, 2004

$800,000 P&R facilities audit passed...

See the City Spending Page

Insurance and Lawsuits

October 12, 2005

Legal Claims against the city for injuries in parks: answers so far (pdf)

October 12, 2005

City Insurance: Freedom of Information requests and the answers we got so far (pdf)

City: Policies and Programs

November 2, 2005

Parks & Rec Advisory Council Terms of Reference (pdf): Could be applied to Dufferin Grove Park

April 14, 2005

Celos Launches EMERGENCY PLANS research

March 15, 2005

Breastfeeding and Human Rights in Public Spaces

March 8, 2005

OHRC Breastfeeding Letter

March 8, 2005

Parks GM Breastfeeding Letter

March 8, 2005

City CAO Breastfeeding Letter

July 29, 2004

A Visit With the Judge

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