IN THE MEDIA: Wayne Stetski wants Ottawa's Rink for Fernie

By Alexandra Heck Jan. 4, 2018

At the end of February, the $5.6 million Canada 150 skating rink sitting on Parliament Hill is going to need a new home—and Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski says it should be in Fernie.

The MP is vying to have the rink, built for Ottawa to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial year, shipped across the country and set up in the small mountain city.

“The future is really uncertain for the home of the Ghostriders,” said Stetski. Fernie’s Junior B hockey team has been playing home games in Sparwood since the ammonia leak at the Fernie Memorial arena that claimed three lives in October 2017.

The Ottawa rink, which is currently outdoors is equipped with full grandstand seating, boards and a coolant system that uses vegetable-grade glycol.

With Fernie’s indoor rink closed indefinitely following the RCMP investigation, the MP says the rink in Ottawa could easily be set up in an enclosed facility.

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