The reaction to the news that the Civic Auditorium will not be reopened has been swift.

The city announced on Tuesday morning that the insurance carrier will not be able to insure the building, resulting in the continued closure of the Civic to the public until further notice.

"It's still a nice little rink," shared one resident, Danny Johnstone, "and there's other insurance companies that I'm sure they could have a look at. If there's a will there's a way, that's my feeling. If it's getting the stamp from the engineers, that it's approved, there's no reason why they can't insure it."

He added that he is upset with how this will affect the rest of the hockey season. 

"It crimps the ice time usage and back everything up. Now there're going to have this place (Affinity Place) shut down for the Tankard."

Hockey parent, Dustin Lesy is also disappointed to hear that the Civic will not be reopening. 

"I don't like it. The rinks we have, sure they're fine, but I really don't like that in the last five, six, seven years, how the Civic could have gone downhill," expressed Lesy. "I know they've done a little bit here and there but for it to go downhill that fast, I just think it's total neglect. And I think the City needs a third ice surface."

He added that he has two kids that play and has found it difficult to travel around to get them to their practices and games.

"A lot of times, the younger kids play at 5:00pm and you have to be out at Bienfait or Torquay and most people who have jobs, work till 5:00pm so it makes it that much harder."

"I just think the City should try and take a closer look or see what they can do to get it straightened out just because it's so much more convenient. It just seems like the people involved in the City aren't involved with kids in minor hockey to get the real feel for how heartbreaking it is."

City Council will discuss the next step at their meeting on Monday, January 22nd, at 6 pm at City Hall. 


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