Duly Quoted: Paula Fletcher on her Opposition to Local Soccer Field Upgrades

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Duly Quoted: Paula Fletcher on her Opposition to Local Soccer Field Upgrades

The TCDSB gives a red card for NIMBYism.

“I have looked closely at the project and determined that it is not viable to have two large-scale recreational fields…in a small land-locked neighbourhood.”

—Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth) explains her opposition to a proposed soccer field at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, where plans have since been cancelled. The project, a proposed $2 million initiative between Ryerson University and the Toronto Catholic District School Board, would have featured a FIFA-grade upgrade to the turf, state-of-the-art lights, and removable bleachers. In contrast to the nearby domed Monarch Park field, it would also be a non-commercial pitch that would be accessible to the community. But after hearing community concerns, including “traffic, safety, parking, lighting, and noise” the local councillor rallied opposition, adding that she would be happy to help Ryerson find a “more appropriate location.” TCDSB spokesperson John Yan called the opposition “NIMBYism at its worst.”

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