BY VANESSA GRECO
Even if the federal government denies Ryerson funding, Maple Leaf Gardens remains an option as the future site of a new athletics centre, said Adam Kahan, vice-president university advancement.
“If it means going back to a rethink on Maple Leaf Gardens if there’s a negative answer from the government then I think we would have to do that,” said Kahan, adding Ryerson is brainstorming ways to fundraise money.
Although it’s been over a month of silence since Ryerson applied for $20 million in federal funding, former Toronto mayor John Sewell doesn’t think there is reason to be discouraged.
“Who knows when this might fit in with the agenda of Stephen Harper?”
Bob Rae, MP for Toronto Centre, spoke to Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird last week regarding Ryerson’s request for funding.
Rae said Baird seems receptive to the school’s application.
“I think the key thing is to keep the focus on the federal government,” said Rae.