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Key Vote: School Pools

Though a majority of City Council was in favour of auditing school pools, a key step in determining whether they could be kept open, a minority of councillors voted against it. As a result, the two-thirds of council required to discuss the issue could not be mustered. This piece of obstructionism only set back attempts to keep these vital community resources open.

Historically, school pools were built because the residents of surrounding communities decided that their children needed a place to swim, for approximately $6 million each. Keeping the city's 85 school pools would mean that this $510 million did not go to waste. Pools lead to a net increase in public health. A lack of physical education costs an estimated $2.1 million in health care and contributes to the premature deaths of 21,000 Canadians a year.

The pools recieve millions of community visits a year. Closing them would target poor children that could not afford a private gym. Refusing to authorize an audit impeded finding a solution to keeping them open.

Vote Content: That council authorize the audit of school pools in order to find out which ones the city could fund

Voting AGAINST keeping pools open: 15
Berardinetti, Duguid, Feldman, Ford, Holyday, Li Preti, Lindsay Luby, Mammoliti, Milczyn, Minnan-Wong, Nunziata, Ootes, Shiner, Sutherland, Tziretas

Voting FOR pools: 18
Ashton, Balkissoon, Bussin, Cho, Chow, Disero, Filion, Flint, Hall, Johnston, Jones, McConnell, Mihevc, Miller, Pantalone, Rae, Silva, Walker

Vote Date: December 2001

Vote Specifics: Notice of Motion I(4)

For more information, see the City Council Minutes. (PDF file opens in a new window.)