Fairness for girls hockey
Petition to Toronto City Council · The City of Toronto has an Ice Allocation Policy governing equitable access to City-owned arenas. · The Ice Allocation Policy places the highest priority on the youth in our community and does not discriminate between boys and girls. · The City of Toronto has failed to implement the Ice Allocation Policy. · As a result of the City’s failure, girls-only hockey has been shut-out of many City of Toronto arenas and severely limited in others thereby limiting the number of girls who can play and causing girls to travel farther and pay much more to play hockey. · The problem grows larger each year as the number of girls playing ice hockey dramatically increases. There are 50% more girls playing hockey in Ontario today than seven years ago. · If the City’s failure is not rectified, the 900+ strong Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association will take such actions as are appropriate to assert the girls’ rights regarding equitable access to City-owned arenas. · Equitable access for girls-only hockey can be achieved without reducing the ice allocations of other youth community hockey groups. We, the undersigned, call on Toronto City Council at its meeting on November 30, 2009 to enforce its Ice Allocation Policy at City-owned arenas and ensure that by January 15, 2010, an equitable ice allocation for 2010/2011 is in place at all City-owned arenas, and especially at North Toronto Memorial Arena, Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena, Ted Reeve Arena and Leaside Community Gardens Memorial Arena.