Giant rubber duck proved to be an economic boon, festival says
It turns out a giant rubber duck set up at a Toronto festival may not have been the absurd waste of taxpayer money that some critics claimed.
The Ontario government created an uproar when it gave the Redpath Waterfront Festival about 120-thousand dollars to help bring the six-storey rubber duck to the event over the Canada Day weekend.
But a study conducted by Enigma Research shows the economic impact of the festival was a record 7.6-million dollars.
It attracted about 750-thousand people -- which the festival says was due in part to what was billed as the world's largest rubber duck.
First star Oliver Castleman scored a goal and added three assists as the IceDogs topped the Mississauga Steelheads 6-3 at the Meridian Centre. On a night of firsts, Philip Tomasino scored his first in the OHL and Elijah Roberts netted his first in a Niagara uniform.
IceDogs first year forward Philip Tomasino has been selected to represent Canada at the World Under 17 Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John B.C. A total of 66 CHL players will be divided into three teams wearing Canada's colours from November 5-11.
Trailing 4-1 after one, the IceDogs scored three unanswered in the second then held off a furious Erie attack in the third before falling 5-4 in overtime. The Dogs picked up a possible 7 of 8 points, completing a string of four consecutive road games.