Cold weather shuts down $5.6 Million Skating Rink on Parliament Hill

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The expensive Hockey Rink paid by taxpayers at a steep cost of $5.6 million was forced to shut down for some games due to cold weather.

Via Toronto Star:

In the midst of a cold snap across much of the country, the Canadian winter has forced the cancellation of some of the only hockey games allowed on the outdoor rink, where pucks and sticks are banned during public skating times and a list of rules prohibits games like tag and racing.

Games scheduled as part of a kids’ hockey tournament in Ottawa were cancelled and moved indoors Wednesday as temperatures dipped below -18 degrees.

“Basically, it’s too cold, so the ice condition is not good right now,” said Simon Ross, spokesperson for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, whose department organized the “Canada 150 Rink” as part of Ottawa’s year-end bash to close out the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The rink was only supposed to be open for a total of 26 days.