Redford denies City’s request for community rink funding

Global News

EDMONTON- Premier Alison Redford has denied a request from the City of Edmonton for funding for a community rink, according to a letter released Friday.

In the letter, dated May 9, 2013, Mayor Stephen Mandel asked the government to consider contributing $7 million to help build the community rink, which would sit beside the downtown arena.

“The City has committed $7 million towards the capital cost and is looking for a cost sharing arrangement with the federal and provincial governments to provide funding assistance for the remaining $14 million. I ask your government to consider contributing $7 million (one-third) towards the project,” Mandel wrote.

But, in a letter dated June 11, 2013, Redford said while she admires the City’s commitment to develop the downtown core, the province already provides significant funding to municipalities through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) program.

“Additional provincial funds are not available to support the community…

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