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Dear North Toronto Basketball Families.

Recently, we were informed by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Permit office that our gym permit fees would be increasing. We were surprised and disappointed by the late notification in mid August that not only would the fees be raised, but that we had been moved into another classification. The net effect of the changes is that our permit fees have increased by almost 400% for this upcoming season!
While there had been some prior discussion regarding the fee increases, the size and late notification of such has come as a surprise. As you may be aware from news reports, other organizations that provide sports and recreational opportunities for their respective communities have also seen increases of this magnitude.

Rest assured that we are working with Basketball Ontario and other organizations that have been adversely impacted by the TDSB’s unilateral action to try and seek a better outcome than the one being imposed on us and others in our community.

As a result of the TDSB permit fee increases, the North Toronto Basketball Association will be running a deficit this year. This will be offset by a numberof measures including using our surplus that we have diligently built up over the years, increasing Rep Fees, optimizing gym usage and re-examining other revenue generating activities to try and maintain the affordability of our community sports offering. As House League fees have already been paid, we will not increase them this year but will have to moderately increase them next year.

In addition, we remind you that the North Toronto Basketball Association offers sponsorship opportunities that will not only help us defray part of these cost increases but also allow you the opportunity to promote your business to the North Toronto community and beyond. Please check out the sponsorship page on our web site.

We thank you for your cooperation in this manner. We strive to bring the best possible House League and Rep basketball programs at a reasonable cost to all.
We would also ask you to have your voices heard by contacting our School Board Trustees and other influential members that can influence this decision. The contact information for the trustees is as follows:

Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence: Howard Goodman
Phone: 416-395-8403
Email: howard.goodman@tdsb.on.ca

Ward 11 St. Paul: Shelley Laskin
Telephone: 416-397-3094
Email: shelley.laskin@tdsb.on.ca

Ward 13: Don Valley West: Gerri Gershon
Telephone: 416-395-8408
Email: gerri.gershon@tdsb.on.ca

We have also put together a form that will allow you to email the above trustees with the letter above. Please click here to send the email.
With thanks and on behalf of The Board of Directors,
Bruce Bronfman
President
North Toronto Basketball

Details of Gym Locations:

 

Forest Hill:
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto M5N 1B9
Glenview:
Glenview Senior Public School
401 Rosewell Avenue, Toronto M4R 2B5
Humewood:
Humewood Community School
15 Cherrywood Ave Toronto M6C 2X4
John Ross Robertson:
John Ross Robertson Junior Public School
130 Glengrove Avenue West Toronto, M4R 1P2
Lawrence Park:
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
125 Chatsworth Drive, Toronto, M4R 1S1
North Toronto:
North Toronto Collegiate Institute
17 Broadway Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4P 1T7
Northern:
Northern Secondary School
851 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto M4P 2L5
Wanless:
John Wanless Jr. Public School
245 Fairlawn Avenue, Toronto M5M 1T2
York Mills:
York Mills Collegiate Institute
490 York Mills Road Toronto M3B 1W6

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