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Analysis of Prime Time Ice Time Available to Males versus Females in Halifax Regional Municipailty

This graph demonstrates the obvious inequality in the availability of prime time ice hours for males versus females in Halifax Regional Municipality

Dear Daughters,

The above graph was taken from a presentation given at the Long Term Arena Strategy (LTAS) Regular Steering Committee Meeting held on February 17, 2011. It charts the access available to male athletes versus female athletes to prime time ice available in rinks located in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Prime time ice hours are defined as:

Prime time is defined as 6:00PM to 10:00PM Monday to Friday and 8:00AM to 10:00PM Saturday and Sunday.

The rinks included in this graph are:

The Metro Centre (MC)
Spryfield Lions Arena
The Halifax Forum
Devonshire Arena
Centennial Arena (no data)
St. Margaret’s Bay (SMBCC)
The BMO 4Pad
The LeBrun Centre in Bedford
The Sackville Sports Stadium (SSS)
The Gray Arena
The Bowles Arena
The Dartmouth Sportsplex
Cole Harbour Place
Eastern Shore

That makes a total of 14 rinks, however, the Centennial Arena has no data listed. For the sake of the upcoming discussion we will only look at the remaining 13 rinks.

As you can see, female athletes have no access at all to the prime time ice hours at 7 out of the 13 rinks! That leaves us less than half of the rinks for a shot at prime time ice hours. Of the 6 rinks that are left, we have access to prime time ice hours at 5 of these rinks less than 5% of the time! There is only one rink in which we have equal access to prime time ice hours and that is the newly constructed BMO 4Pad, which opened in 2010. Since its opening, it is the only rink in HRM that uses an ice allocation policy. BMO is definitely a step in the right direction for women’s ice sports, however, this equity comes at a price. BMO has the most expensive ice in the city ($265/hour) so in order to get these prime time hours, we are still paying more than males to get it. Ice time at the Halifax Metro Centre where the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL play is even $45/hour cheaper ($220/hour) than ice at BMO.

I have to mention that besides the BMO, the rinks in which we have our less than 5% access to prime time ice hours are old and the least favorable rinks in which to play. The Halifax Forum was built in 1927. The Devonshire Arena was built in 1971 and is famous for holes in the ice through which you can see the concrete. The Bowles and Gray Arenas were built in 1972. Besides the BMO Centre, the best arenas in the HRM – CHP, Metro Centre, Sackville Sports Stadium and Sportslex – give 100% of the access to prime time ice hours to males.

Luckily for us, this is set to change for the 2013-2014 season. HRM is implementing an ice allocation policy in all of its arenas. This means we will finally have equal access to prime time ice hours in all arenas and for the same prices as males currently pay to play!

References:

Long Term Arena Strategy Report

LTAS Regular Steering Committee Report February 17, 2011

Metro News, Putting an end to icetime imbalances, by Jennifer Taplin, June 22, 2010

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