Corridor communities vie for ice arena 

Whistler has yet to decide if it wants Paralympic facility

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The other communities in the corridor certainly can put forward arguments that they need the legacy.

Earlier this year attempts to build a small recreation centre in Pemberton were thwarted by the community who wanted a bigger and better facility.

"You saw what happened with our recreation proposal," said Gimse. "The community clearly states that we are a part of this region, that we’re attracting people and we have no amenities.

Her comments echoed those of Pemberton Mayor Elinor Warner.

"At this time we’ve seen no opportunities coming our way from the Olympics," she said. "We think our two communities, the whole valley area, can sponsor this event and we don’t have an ice rink… and we’re looking for one and we don’t have any dollars."

The resolution they put to the regional district board stemmed from an earlier resolution at the joint Pemberton-Mount Currie council meeting held on June 14.

Squamish Councillor Raj Kahlon, who is also a director at the nine-member SLRD board table, was the only one to oppose the request from Pemberton and Area C.

"It should be open to all (the areas in the SLRD)," he said to the board during the meeting.

Squamish may want the ice arena, or Lillooet too and he asked the board if they would agree to an in camera meeting, without the public or the press, to discuss the matter further.

Area B Director Mickey Macri asked Kahlon if Squamish had made an application for the ice arena.

"I don’t want to comment," he replied. But the board would not agree to move the meeting in camera. That’s why he voted against the resolution explained Kahlon the following day.

"I thought that’s not fair," he said. "At least they should have received the information (in camera) and do whatever they want to decide after."

In a referendum earlier this year Squamish voters decided against borrowing $20 million to build community amenities, which likely would have included a second ice rink.

The board, at the request of Lillooet Mayor Greg Kamenka, also approved a resolution that other districts and municipalities in the region should also be considered as Paralympic ice arena sites, with emphasis on those places which already have ice rinks which would be modified for the Paralympics.

Kahlon supported this motion.

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