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2014-04-20 at 14:39

Plans for Atikokan arena slowed down

By tbnewswatch.com
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ATIKOKAN, Ont. -- The plans for a new arena in Atikokan have hit a roadblock.

A lack of federal and provincial funding partners has resulted in construction the municipality was hoping to start this summer being halted.

It is estimated the town of 3,000 would be looking at a bill of nearly $5 million to repair aging pipes, expand the ice surface and build dressing rooms.

Mayor Dennis Brown says the arena is an economical and social pillar of the town.

“That’s the hub of activity in the winter time,” Brown told TBT News. “We have to have an arena.”

(Thunder Bay Television)

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S Duncan says:
No welfare from the governmentS to buy a new hockey rink?

Gee, who'd think the governmentS don't have money to just fork over for non essential luxuries like hockey rinks?

Sounds to me like Atikokan has been getting a little too used to government handouts for its survival all the time.

How about with all those jobs created and saved, those people who want a new hockey rink chip in and pay for it themselves?

Id love a hockey rink that was built that way. Begging the government for one?? = NO CLASS.

Thunder Bay's mayor and manager should pay close attention to the novels written on the wall instead of continuing to embarrass us and make us look like a bunch of panhandlers... always begging.

Good luck Atitkokan. If the people want one bad enough, they will find a way to pay for one. If not, it was not meant to be.
4/20/2014 4:36:35 PM
sky high says:
We're not begging, we are lobbying for funds that are available to the whole country. And we WILL win the race, I guarantee you that. We will even give one-third of the pot, so we can't beg for our own funds sir. By the way, aren't you begging for attention?
4/21/2014 11:28:37 AM
Neebing14 says:
take a hike!

Not long ago you were complaining about pot holes being filled and your still complaining about this.. your just full of negativity and need to get out and enjoy the spring like temperatures and get some vit D
4/21/2014 3:32:44 PM
ranma says:
Seems to be quite a bit of that lately, at least up here in the North. The feds and the provincial government not willing to fund projects. I wonder if the same is happening down in voter paradise.
4/20/2014 7:56:39 PM
Eastender says:
Thank goodness there still is some common sense in this country if not in the immediate vicinity!
4/21/2014 10:51:42 AM
trips says:
this is just another example of the feds and provincial govts saying no to arenas..say good bye to the events centre in tbay
4/20/2014 8:37:44 PM
sky high says:
This is actually good news for Thunder Bay. No way were the feds and provs going to pony up for two arenas in this area-they are going to give us a lot of money though for the Events Centre here in The Bay. We have a renew Thunder Bay fund with already 23 million sitting there chomping at the bit to break free and build us our multiplex. All the whining, all the crying, all the banging of pots of pans, all the negative comments in this site won't stop this amazing thing from happening.
4/21/2014 11:34:28 AM
progress now says:
Ouch!
4/20/2014 9:37:33 PM
The Beaver..... says:
The should have called it a Events Center then they could have all the Events that Thunder Bay can not accommodate because of full Events booking
4/21/2014 7:41:34 AM
reese says:
What happened to fiscal responsibility ?
4/21/2014 8:04:59 AM
Blah blah says:
Can't compare this to tbay's quest for an events center. To call this a welfare handout is ignorance at a high level.
4/21/2014 2:04:25 PM
sd says:
@ S Duncan let's leave the event center out of a discussion for a change and focus on the article in hand. Believe it or not but a hockey arena is actually an essential service especially in a small town like Atikokan. It is not a luxury. It is a facility which provides numerous benefits. It gives people access to physical fitness and social interaction. It gives children something to do with their free time. Perhaps you would rather not give any money to this and have people not stay physically active and then require additional funding for health care. Perhaps you would rather kids loiter and resort to mischief costing tax payers again. Or perhaps you want everyone to sit at a computer under false names hating on everything like yourself. Why do you stay in the community/province/country if you are so against everything that goes on. What can be done to make you happy?
4/21/2014 2:10:59 PM
nemma1 says:
nemma1 says; s duncan, have you ever lived in a small town? have you ever been to Atikokan? I'm going to say -probably not. Atikokan has had the mines closed, forestry yanked from its economy and then opg change the hydro plant yet they still survive. I think that by lobbying for support for a new arena is well deserved. The white elephant event centre planned for tbay has NOTHING to with an essential service in Atikokan. Do you ever have anything positive to say your do you get some sort of charge out of being so negative each and every day?
4/22/2014 2:14:28 PM
Eastender says:
Arenas are not essential setvices. They may be the focal point of a small towns social activities, but that does not legitimize their existence, nor the spending of vast sums of money that is scarce, and can be utilized for more necessary and important things.

You dont go to play hockey if you cant afford the skates.
Sounds like my three year old grandson, I want it, you gotta buy it for me, wahhhhh!
4/22/2014 6:58:26 PM
mystified says:
The best thing to do folks is ignore that troll.
Atikokan has a need for this arena and it can be called an event centre because most activities take place at this type of facility. Bingo, bake sales, craft sales, dances etc.
4/22/2014 9:23:37 PM
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