Executive committee approves $88 million waterfront arena

In today's breaking news, the city's Miller-led executive committee supports spending.

The $88 million arena slated for the lower Donlands has received preliminary approval from executive city members, even though the project comes with a $29 million shortfall. Let's just not talk about that.

"This is a long-term investment," Ron Baker, president of the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association told the Toronto Star. "It should earn a reasonable return for the city and shouldn't be viewed as just the price tag for a one-off expenditure to be considered on a cost-only basis."

The committee agreed to look into integrating an Olympic-sized rink into the four-arena building, and to pursue bird-friendly measures when designing the glass structure.

Councillor Doug Holyday said the city should look into other locations for the complex to cut costs. "It's still tax dollars and it still should be spent wisely," he said. Boy, what a downer.

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