Koen Hale demonstrates some speek skating techniques during the events at the Fort Forum to mark the grand opening of the new dressing room additions to the facility on October 14

Expansion opened grandly

It was a bit late, but the arena dressing rooms at the Fort Forum were officially opened on Friday, October 14.

It was a bit late, but the arena dressing rooms at the Fort Forum were officially opened on Friday, October 14.

Officials were on hand to say a few words, with Councillor Brenda Gouglas giving a short speech, and both Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad and Tom Greenaway for the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District saying a few words as well.

There were free bowls of hot chili, some demonstrations from the speed skating club and minor hockey, as well as a ribbon cutting and a free public skate afterwards.

Some hopeful candidates in the upcoming local elections also came out, with Ann McCormick, a mayoral candidate, and her husband Cam enjoying some chili before the speeches.

The dressing room expansion at the arena cost $2.2 million, and was completed towards the end of last hockey season.

The costs were shared by the District of Fort St. James, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, the provincial and federal governments.

Specifically, $1 million came from the local community forest, $120,000 from the gas tax fund via the regional district, $400,000 was contributed by the provincial government via the Towns for Tomorrow Program and $680,000 came from the federal government through the Western Economic Diversification, Recreational Infrastructure Canada  Program.


Just Posted

Here’s what Fort St. James councillors refused to hear

Citizens express frustration and anger

Citizens ejected from Municipal Hall – Locked out

Mayor refuses to allow discussion on controversial Bylaw regarding marijuana

UPDATED: 9 killed, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say nine people have died and 16 are injured

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Malicious Monster Truck Tour coming to Northwest B.C. this summer

It’s the first time in 20 years monster trucks have rolled past Prince George for a northern show

Protesters argue both sides of B.C.’s SOGI curriculum at teachers’ union office

The sexual orientation and gender identity program was launched as a pilot project last year

Prankster broadcasts fake nuclear threat in Winnipeg

The audio recording on Sunday warned of a nuclear attack against Canada and the United States

Most Read