MAYOR TORY TELLS PENNY OLEKSIAK HE'LL TRY TO SAVE SCHOOL POOLS IN BUDGET CUTS

Jan 12, 2017

By Jane Brown

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A tweet from Canadian Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak of East York may help keep some school pools in Toronto from being drained.

The City of Toronto is facing a $91-million budget shortfall, prompting Mayor John Tory to look for savings wherever possible, including potentially closing ten Toronto District School Board pools.

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Oleksiak, who’s 16 and in grade 11 at Monarch Park Collegiate, won four medals at the Summer Games in Rio, including a gold. She tweeted in favour of saving the pools, saying “It’s important to teach kids how to swim. It saves lives and is a good physical activity.”

Tory tweeted back “Gold medal message received. I’ve asked Budget Chief Gary Crawford to find a way to save these pools.”

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