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Ball hockey report still on the bench

- June 11th, 2012

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A bit of a scuffle erupted last month when Councillor Josh Matlow revealed the details of a yet-to-be released staff report on Toronto’s ball hockey ban.

Matlow said at the time a staff report would be on the agenda at the June public works committee meeting and would offer a bureaucratic fix to the city’s outright ban on ball hockey (story here).

Long story short, the “fix” would have seen parents trying to cut through a sea of red tape just to get their street an exemption to the ball hockey rules. Most councillors slammed the idea as ridiculous (story here) and even Matlow ended up saying he wouldn’t support the change (story here).

Flash forward to last week when the works committee agenda became public and there was no ball hockey ban report in sight.

I couldn’t help but wonder – Did staff put the idea on ice in the wake of the controversy?

A city spokesman told me Friday the report, which council requested over a year ago, is still in the works.

“I checked in with Transportation Services, and found that the report wasn’t ready to go this cycle, and it has been pushed back to the fall (September) of this year,” senior communications coordinator Bruce Hawkins told me in an e-mail.

So for now – and likely once the report does come out – the status quo remains in effect for ball hockey on Toronto streets: It’s illegal but no one really obeys that bylaw and it is almost never enforced.

Game on.