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May 2, 2001
Toronto Parks and Recreation cancels spring registered recreation programs at facilities affected by TDSB strike
Toronto Parks and Recreation will cancel spring session registered recreation
programs in facilities that were affected by the Toronto District School Board
support staff strike. Drop-in programs for youth and programs that had already
begun before the strike will resume as soon as possible.

Although the labour dispute is over and schools are open, Parks and Recreation
will not be able to access programming space in TDSB facilities for at least
another week while maintenance staff clean and inspect the facilities. Access
to pools may take longer. Most spring session programs were scheduled to begin
at the end of March or early April and run for nine weeks. The bulk of the
spring session has now been lost.

"We apologize to our affected participants for the inconvenience they
experienced," said Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager, Parks and Recreation.
"We encourage them to continue to enjoy the many exciting, fun and educational
opportunities offered by Toronto Parks and Recreation."

Affected program registrants will receive a letter advising them of the program
cancellation and informing them that refunds for the fees they paid are being
processed. Credit card payments will be refunded to the card that was used for
registration. Cash and cheque payments will be refunded by cheque to the
account holder.

For some programs that operate on a longer session and that had already begun
before the start of the strike, such as 16- or 26-week dance programs that
began last fall and winter, classes will continue. Program fees will be
prorated and participants will receive a partial refund.

Residents requiring further information on the status of their accounts, or to
register for summer session programs that are still available, can contact
416-338-4FUN (4386) during regular business hours. Touch tone registration at
416-338-0000 is also available.

Registration for summer swimming programs begins June 9 (West District), June
10 (East District), June 11 (North District) and June 26 (South District).
Summer program information is available in detail in the Spring/Summer 2001
Toronto FUN guide, available at community centres, libraries and civic centres,
and on the City's Web site at

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