2012 TSC Fall Workshop
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:30 – 11:30 am
Sport Alliance Ontario
DRAFT FEEDBACK SUMMARY
More than 50 people participated in the Toronto Sports Council 2012 Fall Workshop. Participants represented a number of different sport organizations (locally and provincially) as well as City of Toronto, Sport 4Ontario and the 2015 Pan Am Games office. The agenda included updates on the Toronto Sports Council's activities; the City of Toronto Sports Field Process and the TDSB permit issues. Discussion focused on clarifying the issues and developing a strategy to address the issues. This draft report is a summary of feedback received.. If you have any comments or suggested edits on this draft, please contact Jeff Carmichael by Friday November 30th, 2012 at (416) 991-1289 or
after which point edits will be made, as necessary, and the summary will be finalized and posted on the TSC website.
Key Messages from the Meeting
Toronto Sports Council. Karen Pitre provided an update on several key activities of the Toronto Sports Council (TSC) including: the 2012 Ontario Summer Games; the Aquatic Working Group; Humber Internship opportunities; SPACE Coalition; TSC Funding Guide with 81 grant resources identified; the Toronto Sports Summit that is hosted annually with Tourism Toronto and will be held on March 2, 2013; and the TSC Sport Recognition Awards which are presented annually at the Toronto Sports Summit.
Also introduced by Karen was the new website of the TSC. [Click here to see Presentation] The website is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for information on community sport and amateur sport in Toronto. The site will include detailed information on: sports organizations and associations; facility information; sport events; and resources for community sport groups. It is anticipated that the new website will go live in 2013. Please let us know if you have any comments on the content or layout of the website prototype Sport organizations will input their own sport information and volunteers will be needed to help with the content of each sport section to ensure that information is accurate.
- City of Toronto Sports Fields Process. Jim Hart, General Manager of the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division introduced several City staff who were in attendance and invited
participants to attend a November 29 session hosted by the City at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre at which time the City will be seeking representation to sit on three working groups: field maintenance standards; permit issues; and capital plan. As well, a sport organization reference group will be developed by the City. Ray Stukas, Parks Manager for the Toronto & East York District, was introduced as the Manager lead for the City-wide Sport Field Group. The City is developing a template for a field audit. Ray will be leading a team of staff with representation from each District in addressing the Council motion related to outdoor sports fields.
Key points resulting from the Sports Fields discussion included:
Fines experienced by some groups for excess garbage and the need for the City to install more garbage receptacles closer to high use areas in the park. It was noted that Toronto Solid Waste was now responsible for removing the garbage from the parks and that parks
staff need to be notified if more garbage receptacles are needed.
- An interest was expressed in having the community sport groups participate in the audit oftheir local sports field.
- The City would like to be notified by permit groups if they are being charged a permit rate
for a field that they feel is wrongly classified.
- Affordable access to fields for some groups was expressed as an ongoing concern. Also expressed was the need for the City to consider a waterfront access plan for on-water sports including sailing.
- Toronto District School Board Permit Fees. Much concern was expressed with the significant increase in permit fees for use of Toronto District School Board (TDSB) facilities.
Key points resulting from this discussion included:
- Concern was expressed by several organizations negatively impacted by a 22% increase in 2012 and an even greater increase in 2013 as the result of TDSB changes to how they classify not-for-profit organizations.
- Questioned was the accuracy of the TDSB audit report that identified an $11million deficit in permit operations.
- It was suggested that the TDSB needs to defer its decisions on permit fees and group classification until a comprehensive review is completed.
- Emphasized was the importance of community sport organizations to attend the 'Community Use of Schools Advisory Committee' (CUSAC) meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for November 22, 10:00 am, 5050 Yonge Street.
- It was noted that sport groups are run by volunteers and daytime meetings are difficult/impossible for most to attend.
- Identified was the need to consolidate any response to the TDSB with a transparent solution based approach.
- It was agreed that the TSC can speak collectively on behalf of the community sport organizations but that each organization should also be expressing their concerns independently.
- It was suggested that the media become involved if the TDSB does not demonstrate a willingness to address the issues expressed by participants.
1. City Permit Process:
Sport groups are to contact Ray Stukas (
) if they do not receive notice of the meeting on November 29th and would like to be invited to the meeting hosted by the City of Toronto. The meeting is to discuss: field maintenance standards; permit issues; and capital planning.
2. TDSB Permit Fee Increase
Participants were encouraged to attend the next CUSAC meeting on Wednesday, November 22, 10:00 am, TDSB Head Office, 5050 Yonge Street.
The TSC will communicate with the TDSB on behalf of Toronto's community sport organizations. [see attached letter] Participants were also encouraged to communicate directly with their local school trustee.
3. Complete the Space Survey:
Please complete 2012 SPACE survey at
2011 Sport Conference, a huge success!
TSC 2011 Sport Workshop
Over 40 people participated in the Toronto Sports Council
2011 Conference. Participants represented a number of different sport
organizations (locally and provincially) as well as educational
4Ontario, the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2012 Ontario Summer Games. Meeting Summary. . In
addition, over 100 sport organizations completed the online survey. Survey Results. Discussion focused on the following two questions: What are the 3-5
highest priority issues facing
sport community? What suggestions do you have on how these issues can be
addressed? If you have comments on the meeting summary or survey results please
let us know at
Proposal Writing Workshop
The TSC North Branch, host of the Proposal Writing Workshop would like
to thank Michael Van Dusen, speaker from the Disabled Sailing Association
for his 3 hour interactive presentation. Special appreciation goes out to
Kevin Humphrey from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for attending the
event and answering many questions from the sport and recreation groups
in attendance. Kevin Arnsdorf, TSC North Branch Chair was pleased with
the turnout and discussion and said, “we hope the workshop today
provided groups with the knowledge and resources to create more
successful grant proposals”. A special thank you to Starbucks and
Boston Pizza for their support.
Interested in resources available from this workshop? i.e. TSC
Funding Sources (Updated Oct 11, 2011) go to TSC Sport Resources Link.