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December 8, 2008
Just in time to open outdoor ice rinks for the season, new zero-emission ice resurfacer joins City’s green fleet
The City of Toronto is a frontrunner in environmentally-friendly ice resurfacing equipment with the introduction of the Icecat into its fleet of green vehicles. As part of the official start of the outdoor artificial ice rink season, Mayor David Miller, Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) and Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), today unveiled the Icecat, an electric ice resurfacer that will produce smooth ice in less time and use less energy while promoting safe indoor air quality at City-operated arenas.

“I am incredibly proud that the City of Toronto continues to be a leader in green fleet technology by becoming the first municipality in Canada to purchase the Icecat,” said Mayor Miller. “Our Green Fleet Plan to reduce fuel use, fuel costs, and emissions of greenhouse gases and smog pollutants will be enhanced by this equipment. Toronto has made it a standard practice to buy green vehicles and adopt promising new technologies.”

The Icecat is emission-free, and operates through special gel batteries that are sealed and rechargeable, eliminating exposure to carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and other air pollutants that result from burning fuel or charging batteries.

“It’s exciting to find new, innovative ways to use green technology in all aspects of City services,” said Councillor Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “In addition to providing a wide range of recreational opportunities that promote health and well-being, the City continues its commitment of reducing its carbon footprint thereby creating a healthier environment, which is also a key contributor to enhancing the quality of life for all Torontonians.”

The ice resurfacer is currently in use at the Centennial Ice Galaxy. New ice resurfacers will be introduced into the City’s fleet as older resurfacers reach the end of their useful life and are up for replacement.

The unveiling of the Icecat also marked the official opening of the City’s outdoor artificial ice rinks that are operated by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Starting tomorrow, 48 outdoor artificial ice rinks will be open daily until March 2009 with varying schedules. Public and family leisure skating programs at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks are free for all ages. For details on leisure skating programs and a list of outdoor ice rink locations, visit or call 416-338-7465 (RINK).

“The City recognizes the value of outdoor ice rinks in getting people active and engaged in their communities,” said Councillor Davis, Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. “I invite residents to take advantage of the leisure skating programs at the City’s rinks and arenas - it’s free, accessible and open to everyone.”

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, Finance and Administration, 416-392-4993,
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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