With a federal election expected this fall, the Ontario's Northern Development Minister couldn't resist taking a pre-emptive swipe at the NDP and Liberals, during yesterday's announcement in Dryden.

While the announcement itself was about $97,000 for a fan condenser unit to help refrigerate the ice surfaces, Greg Rickford used the opportunity to take some election-style swipes at his political opponents.

"Those are things (announcements) that a politician has got to do, and I think it's unfortunate that Dryden hasn't seen enough of that, especially in the last couple of years," Rickford said, after the announcement. "They've been promised a lot, but so far -- federally -- they've just not been able to deliver to the local community, and I'm here to make a difference."

Rickford succeeded NDP member Sarah Campbell, and her mentor Howard Hampton at Queen's Park, after being defeated in the last federal election by Liberal MP Bob Nault.

The lone conservative member for the northwest has taken a big role in Doug Ford's cabinet, overseeing energy, northern development and Indigenous affairs.

"The real way to frame it is the voters have put their trust in the Progressive Conservatives to make investments that matter," Rickford continued.

Through the DREAM Team, the arena is in the process of overdue upgrades. The funds announced by the minister will help pay for a new fan condenser unit.

The new $298,000 unit replaces a 40-year-old unit that had by far exceeded its operating life expectancy, and the new unit will be more energy efficient. The current unit was commissioned in 1978, and was rebuilt in 2004.

The unit serves both ice surfaces. The city says that during recent inspections of the existing mechanical components of the arena complex, the fan condensing unit was identified as a high priority need due to its age, critical nature of the refrigeration process and potential for an ammonia release. 

With a federal election this fall, the minister didn't hesitate to take a pre-emptive swipe at the NDP, as well as the Liberals.

"Those are things (announcements) that a politician has got to do, and I think it's unfortunate that Dryden hasn't seen enough of that, especially in the last couple of years. They've been promised a lot, but so far -- federally -- they've just not been able to deliver to the local community, and I'm here to make a difference," the minister continued.

Rickford - who is also the provincial member for Kenora-Rainy River -- is set to visit the City of Kenora Friday, where he'll be joined by Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski for talks with local forest companies.

More Local News

Snowbank removal begins

The City of Dryden is starting to remove snowbanks in the downtown core. The work began this morning and will continue through Friday, depending on future snow accumulations. Staff say that the work…

Oliphant, Winsor hometown proud

Ice Dog fans definitely got their money's worth on Family Day, as they took the league-leading North Stars to a shootout. In the end, Thunder Bay came out on top, but Dryden's Graham Oliphant took it…

School board, council to talk about drugs

The director of education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is making a rare visit to Dryden city council tonight. Sean Monteith is looking for help from councillors, in order to curb…

Services board budget set

The Kenora District Services Board will spend about $1 million more in 2019, compared to 2018 - representing a 1.99 per cent increase. Directors approved spending estimates worth about $57 million,…

Winter fun in Dryden

On Family Day weekend, you might consider a visit to Dryden's Winter Festival. There's lots of family fun for kids of all ages at different locations. Today's activities include: sled rides, a fish…

Executive salaries should be lower, Rickford

Energy Minister Greg Rickford wants to cap the salary for the head of Hydro One. Last year, the CEO made $6.2 million, but the minister wants to limit the salary at $1.5 million. However, the board…

Drug concerns in Dryden, DHS

Community leaders are gathering to tackle the Dryden community’s growing drug problem. Director of Education with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Sean Monteith, has joined in on the…

Health unit offers shovelling safety tips

With a number of recent snowfalls in the region, the Northwestern Health Unit is working to keep the public safe while shovelling. Shovelling risks include damage to your heart, back, wrists, and…

Health reforms for Grand Council Treaty #3

Representation from Grand Council Treaty #3 has met with representatives of Ontario’s Premier’s Council, to provide input and recommendations to improve health-care in the region. The parties met in…

Open Roads making math fun

Open Roads Public School in Dryden was host to students and their families, as they enjoyed the second annual Math Carnival. The night included 13 interactive booths, which included fun, math-related…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login