CORNWALL Ontario – Aurele Houle is not a happy camper. His neighbors across the street, the Vincent family, have spent hours building up a pretty and charming mini ice rink for their kids and the neighbors kids.
It’s a throw back to a time that rarely exists anymore. Instead of doing drugs and playing video games shouts of joy and blades biting into ice were the sounds on Monaco Crescent, a lovely slice of the city filled with higher end homes near CCH.
The family actually received a notice by a Cornwall By Law officer giving them until January 5th to deal with the rink!
Their notice says that if they don’t take the rink down the City will, but the Vincent’s point out that the rink is over 10 feet from the road and sure enough there’s a buffer of snow from road clearing and no sidewalk issue. Nor is the rink very high as it’s not full size, but big enough for some kids to get a healthy dose of Canadian Winter fun.
Laura Vincent and her family spent a ton of time building the small rink, and the ice is better than some city rinks I’ve seen.
The irony is that when the city is struggling to find volunteers to help take care of our door rinks a family is providing this facility for free for their neighborhood.
We tried to speak with the neighbor across the street as they drove up as I was interviewing Mrs. Vincent, but they refused to answer their door.
However Mr. Aurele Houle who runs the local Petro Can on Vincent Massey and National Car lot spoke with CFN via phone, and while not admitting to filing the complaint with City Hall admitted that he would not sign the petition and voiced his complaints.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below and please vote in our poll and sign our petition.
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Please consider signing the one to keep the rink alive below.
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