Surprise fees a hurdle for groups

Two community groups that run after-school programs at Secord Elementary hope the Toronto District School Board’s new permits policy makes it easier to rent classes next school year. Last August, three days before starting their free sports, health and nutrition program for Grade 1 to 6 students, the Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough […]

Youth sports permit fees: shoot first, ask questions later

On March 22 an overwhelming 60 or more volunteer representatives of various youth sports leagues and organizations came together at a forum at Sherbourne Community Centre to discuss the newly implemented outdoor field permit fees for child and youth sports leagues. These attendees represented almost all of the youth sports leagues in Toronto, from netball […]

Youth sports groups blindsided by new fees

A group of youth sports volunteers gathered at an East York library meeting room on March 3 to talk strategy, after many groups were blindsided by a small item hidden in the 2012 City of Toronto budget that resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in new permit fees. The meeting was run by East […]