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December 22, 2009
Torontonians asked to be aware of unsafe open-ice conditions
The City of Toronto reminds residents to stay off natural ice surfaces on open bodies of water because of significant safety concerns for the public and pets.

With seasonably cold temperatures this week and predicted warmer temperatures by the end of the week, Toronto Police Service Marine Unit and Toronto Water have advised that open water and Storm Water Management pond ice in Toronto is unstable and never truly safe.

The use of road salt can make its way into Toronto’s lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, which increases the instability of ice. Storm water sewers also drain into retention ponds, many of which are located in our parks, including High Park’s Grenadier Pond.

Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division provides many safe skating opportunities for residents and visitors to Toronto, including artificial outdoor ice rinks and arenas. Residents can call 311 for the nearest location in their community, check their local FUN Guide or visit the City’s website at

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,
Paul Clements, Manager, Toronto Water, 416-395-6248
Eric Goodwin, Sergeant, Toronto Police Marine Unit, 416-808-5800



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