UPDATE: City to Review Ice Time Fees that GTHL Was Charged
The Greater Toronto Area was hit with a massive snowstorm on Feb. 8.
On that day, many districts cancelled their school buses, some schools were closed and a lot of events were scrubbed including, a lot of minor league hockey games.
The City of Toronto has sent a bill to every league that had time booked at city-owned rinks on that date, whether they held their games or not.
The Greater Toronto Hockey League has been given a bill for $11,000 in permits for the evening of Feb. 8, even though their games were cancelled. That was the same evening that Toronto police warned everyone to stay off the roads if they didn't need to drive.
Any of the private rinks that the league has contracts with, waived their fees that evening because of the storm.
City councillor Paula Fletcher thinks the city should be on the hook for that bill and she was able to get a motion to have staff to review it passed at the city's community development and recreation committee meeting on Monday.
The executive director of the GTHL agrees with Fletcher, saying that sidewalks weren't cleared or plowed and there was basically no access to rinks or walkways leading up to them.
The league wrote a letter to city manager Joe Pennachetti last month, asking for fees to be waived. They got a response from him in early March saying a refund could not be granted.
Staff will report back with a recommendation.