TDSB wants in Games

DON PEAT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

School pools could be all washed up now that the Pan Am Games bandwagon has left without Toronto public trustees on board, one trustee charges.

James Pasternak says a $170-million national sports institute, partly funded by Toronto, that was announced Monday as part of the bid to host the 2015 Games may help the U of T's Scarborough campus but it doesn't help any other area of the city or the TDSB's 39 unfunded pools.

"We wanted to be a player in the Toronto bid," Pasternak told the Sun yesterday.

But the bid committee hasn't given the board a "satisfactory response" and the city keeps telling the TDSB their aquatic budget has "run dry," he said.

Last fall, Pasternak had pushed trustees to express an interest to the bid committee in partnering on the Games, offering up Toronto District School Board properties. The hope was the Games could help keep open several pools that are slated to close.

Pasternak isn't going down without a fight. He has drafted a motion that, if approved, will lobby all councillors and Mayor David Miller to share aquatic funding across the city, not on one site.


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