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GFL withdraws $100K sponsorship to keep some city rinks open

02/24/2015 01:31 EST | Updated 04/26/2015 05:59 EDT
A few days after it was initially announced, Green For Life Environmental (GFL) has "voluntarily withdrawn" a $100,000 sponsorship to keep a dozen city skating rinks open for another four weeks.

Thirty-five of the city's public skating rinks were set to close on Friday, which Mayor John Tory thought was peculiar since such cold weather remains. So a last-minute, $100,000 donation from GFL was announced on Friday to keep 12 of those rinks open for another month.

On Tuesday, the company announced it would not give the sum of money.

Tory immediately promised a new sponsor to make up the needed shortfall to keep the rinks open.

Questions about corporate sponsors

City staff "initially told" the mayor's office the deal was acceptable, but that has changed. There is now some concern about GFL's bid on contracts with the city, mainly the garbage pickup contract scheduled for negotiation this year.

Coun. Gord Perks raised that concern about Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, another sponsor for the rinks. "We have policy in place to be sure there is no benefit," he said. 

He wants to see that policy applied to the rink sponsorships.

Mayor Tory is scheduled to skate at Trinity Bellwoods Park at 3 p.m., where he will announce a replacement sponsor for GFL.

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