Teed off by Keesmaat's golf course proposal
Keesmaat’s golf course proposal, Oct. 11
Hardly a day goes by without another ill-thought-out proposal from mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat.
Having proposed to tear down the east end of the Gardiner Expressway in favour of a grand street-level promenade and having suggested pie-in-the-sky affordable housing ideas, she now wants to close and repurpose three city-owned golf courses. Her rationale: they operate at a net loss, are closed six months a year, and could be put to better use as “cultural hubs” and for cross-country skiing, etc.
News for Jennifer: these beautiful city courses provide a valuable recreational option for those not able to access expensive private courses and, like most golf courses across the city, they are already open for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Barry Francis, Toronto
Mayoral hopeful Jennifer Keesmaat says she would close three public golf courses, mainly because they are “operating at a loss.” Instead, she advocates a cultural and arts hub, community centre or sports field, all of which, like most public services, would also “operate at a loss.” I didn’t think making a profit was the point of public services.
Claire Hoy, Toronto