A decision on a second rink at the Kenora rec centre faces another key vote. Mayor Dave Canfield explains why they deferred their vote for at least a month.

"If we get more information by the July meeting... There might be no point in going ahead, if there's not going to be any spending," he said.

Kenora's city council is proposing to spend $750,000 on developing a set of detailed drawings for twinning the rink at the rec centre. However, the city's plan was contingent on getting $500,000 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). Earlier this week, premier-designate Doug Ford announced a spending freeze at Queen's Park.

The second ice surface has a lot of support, but it also comes with quite a price tag. Early estimates put the project at about $30 million, but supporters have been trying to work with council on ways to reduce the cost. Suggestions have been to use an innovative fabric shell, as is being used in Collingwood, or to somehow move ahead with the project in phases.

Opponents of the project have noted money has already been spent on renovations at the Keewatin Arena, while another event venue has been added at Seven Generations.

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