The MP for Kootenay-Columbia says the tragedy at Fernie’s arena stands out as 2017’s biggest challenge in the region.
Wayne Stetski called on the federal government to remove ammonia from all ice rinks in Canada, following the fatal leak that killed three people in October.
“The proposal I put forward is at the end of life for the existing ammonia plants, the government should be providing funding for municipalities to help convert to a less toxic system,” Stetski says.
He says there are safer alternatives available for freezing ice surfaces like carbon dioxide.
“We don’t need to be freezing this ice using ammonia,” Stetski says. “Here on Parliament Hill, there’s a new Canada 150 rink and they use vegetable grade glycol to do the cooling.”
Stetski also introduced a bill in November pushing for renewed protection of around 30 lakes and rivers in the East Kootenay.
He adds 2017 had its share of surprises in Parliament, as he was caught off guard when the federal Liberals decided against proportional representation reform, but continued efforts to legalize marijuana.
Stay tuned for more Year in Reviews from East Kootenay newsmakers throughout the holiday season.
– Kootenay Columbia MP, Wayne Stetski