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posted June 29, 2011


Financial report: rinks cluster, MARCH 2012

Donations revenue: $7,876.79

Expenditures: $7,133.82, consisting of:

Groceries: $3,031.98
Contracts: $3,394.59
Supplies: $570.27
Transportation: $60.94
Office: $76.04
Balance: $742.97

Financial report: rinks cluster (clean-up) plus MacGregor Park, Dufferin Grove, and Campbell Park, APRIL 2012

Donations revenue: $5024.43

Expenditures: $5221.68, consisting of:

Groceries: $2,969.29
Contracts: $1,316.97
Supplies: $878.92
Transportation: $56.50
Office: $0
Balance: -$197.25

Balance (for the City of Toronto general revenues)for one rink month and two off-season months: $3710.76

More details for April:

Campfire donations for April: $260 cash, brought to McCormick CRC.

Financial Report: MAY 2012

Original Message --------

Subject: May donation transfer Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 23:13:58 -0400 From: Jutta Mason <jutta.mason@sympatico.ca> To: Glen Synowicki <gsynowic@toronto.ca> CC: Sofia Oliveira <solivei@toronto.ca>, Staff <staff@dufferinpark.ca>

Hello Glen, here is the expenditure/revenue report and donation transfer back to the city for May.

May 1 to 31

Total donations: $16,097.10


groceries: $7,210.12

contracts: $2,644.04

Supplies: $432.96

Office: $47.01 (internet rocket stick)

Total expenditure: $10,334.13

Transfer back to City: $5,762.97

There is still clarification needed about the Easter donation from David Rothberg, so that cheque will come separately.

Campfire donations will be brought to McCormick in cash, along with the City transfer cheque.

As always, Matt will be glad to run Quickbooks reports if more details are desired.


Campfire donations for May: $680 cash

Easter donation for covering Easter Friday opening (from David Rothberg): $152.10 (cheque)

Original Message --------
June campfire and pizza days transfers to City

Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:10:01 -0400 From: Jutta Mason <jutta.mason@sympatico.ca> To: Glen Synowicki <gsynowic@toronto.ca> CC: Ana Bailao <councillor_bailao@toronto.ca>, Staff <staff@dufferinpark.ca>, Anna Bekerman <anna_bekerman@yahoo.ca>

Hello Glen, today we'll return the June campfire money to the city -- $537, plus a cheque for $390 for multi-class pizza-day visit from Pauline School. Because of the staff shortage caused by your continued hiring freeze, there will be very few pizza day cheques from now on, since most pizza days have had to be cancelled.

I believe that Mayssan has kept you informed about the effects of the targeted hiring freeze on the park, but that you have ignored her requests for help. Because of the uncertainty of continuing other programs as well, I'll hold the city transfer cheques until there is more clarity from the city's side.

June 2012 Quickbooks exports:

August 5 2012

Subject: change of role for CELOS Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2012 18:18:52 -0400 From: Jutta Mason <jutta.mason@sympatico.ca> To: Glen Synowicki <gsynowic@toronto.ca> CC: Ana Bailao <councillor_bailao@toronto.ca>, Sue Bartleman <SBartlem@toronto.ca>, Nick Gallant <ward18@toronto.ca>

Hello Glen,

As of Sunday August 5, CELOS will no longer be handling the Dufferin Grove finances. I have been told once too often that I have no business speaking to city staff about any park-related matter. It is very clear that there is no stable acknowledgement by the current management of the long-time partnership that began in 1993 between community people and the City.

Fortunately, the Dufferin Grove PT staff have been running the finances for a long time already and they will not have to learn new skills. They already keep an account of every penny of donations, and do the ordering and buying of food and supplies for the park cafes and other food-supported programs. We have been forced to find non-city contract workers to fill the holes caused by management unpreparedness. The donation funds used for these contracts are also carefully and publicly documented. Petty cash and the funds needed for groceries and other park supplies are well regulated and accounted for, and the staff are also used to delivering the surplus funds to McCormick.

So the current PT staff have the necessary skills to bridge the gap caused by the withdrawal of CELOS' financial involvement. Since there has finally been some movement on interviewing new PT city staff, hopefully the need to compensate for the absence of PT hiring since 2011, with contracts of over $38,000 so far this year, will soon be over. I would like to suggest that the required mandatory training can be offered to all newly hired PT staff immediately, not requiring new staff to wait until the end of the month for the various training courses.

I look forward to having more time now to work through the FOI Ward 18 budget. Last week I asked Sofia some budget-related questions that have not been acknowledged. Are my questions to her perhaps part of the budget-related clarifications that you said you'll shortly be sending to me? Let me know.

I'll be bringing $500 for the July campfire donations and the June transfer cheque for $5085.27 to McCormick when it reopens, without waiting for an acknowledgment any longer. The final July transfer accounting is almost done; a few more invoices still have to come in, and then that final cheque will be ready to transfer as well.

P.s. I'm also bringing $142.50 pizza day money from the summer camp of the Islamic Information and Da'wah Centre.

September 19 2012: Cheque for July transfer and wind-up to the City/CELOS budget partnership delivered to the City of Toronto: $1061.37.


2011 Income And Expenses

January through December 2011

Ordinary Income/Expenses


Donation revenue $201,770.66
Grants $37,500.00
Total income: $239,270.66


CELOS expenses $89,871.42
Park program expenses $175,999.43

Total expenses: $265,870, 85

Net income: - $26,600.19






FAQ's about the Dufferin Grove Park project: February 2010

Responses to Bryan LeBlancís questions posted in the Torontoist:

Note: the group that's currently active in Dufferin Grove Park and beyond is CELOS, the Centre for Local Research into Public Space. It's a little research organization that started at the park but whose activities extend citywide.

However, running Dufferin Grove Park is not part of our long-term mandate. Dufferin Grove has been a kind of workshop where various people can try things (lots of things don't work -- learn by experience!). We document them and then put them out there for others who want to try things in parks, rinks etc. We try pretty hard to interest city staff, too. But that's not so easy.

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