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Road hockey shut out by city

Take your hockey nets off the road or face a fine

Toronto is cracking down on residents who leave hockey and basketball nets on roadsides overnight.

Residents say they’ve received letters from the city in the past week telling them to remove sporting equipment from city  property or face a $90 fine. Other residents have received visits from bylaw officers.

“Is the city that desperate for money?” said Aleks Sasa, a resident of East York. “We grew up playing road hockey on these streets and it hasn’t been a problem until now.”

An encroachment bylaw bans all temporary or permanent structures, including nets from being placed on public roads without permission from the city.

Toronto residents have voiced their displeasure on social media, saying this encourages kids to stay inside with their video games and TVs instead of playing outside.

Ward 16 Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb refused to comment on the issue, and has called a meeting for Sept. 22 to discuss roadside safety in her area.