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What do I need to know about booking ice time at City arenas?

City arenas opened for business on October 15. A new ice allocation policy is now in effect that is more in line with what is being done across Canada. The new guidelines provide a more consistent way of awarding ice. Non-competitive youth associations and City-run programs and events get top priority, followed by competitive youth and schools, adult hockey leagues, commercial and occasional users.

A new residency requirement will go into effect next year. Applicants are being asked to provide information about where they live, by the end of November. Groups with a higher percentage of City residents will get priority over non-residents, and consideration will be given to charging a non-resident user fee. Ice times are heavily subsidized at current rates and the intent is that City residents would be served first.

There are still some ice times open before 4:00 pm and after 10:45 pm. You can call and request ice time anytime throughout the year at 658-2909.

Applications for seasonal ice time are being revised, and will be available next summer at 171 Adelaide street or on the City’s website Applications will be due earlier, in August 2012.

The rules are in effect at the Hilton Belyea, Charles Gorman, Stewart Hurley, and Peter Murray Arenas. Harbour Station and the Lord Beaverbrook rink are managed by a separate Board of Commissions.

What are these “E” signs I am seeing around the city? In an emergency, follow the “E.”

The City of Saint John’s Evacuation Route signage program is the first of its kind in Canada. The “E” signs are designed to direct citizens out of their neighbourhood to a major route, where the Saint John Police Force will take over and direct evacuees to a reception centre, shelter or other safe location during an evacuation.

The signs are one component of the City’s all-hazards evacuation plan. Many possible routes to safety are available, and the Saint John Police Force will choose the best available route for the emergency. Citizens will be directed to that route via the City’s Emergency Alert notification system, advisories through media – including local radio stations – and door-to-door and public address systems on vehicles, if necessary.

To learn more about the Evacuation Routes, visit To be informed when an emergency affects Saint John, visit and click on Emergency Alert to subscribe to the notification system. You will receive emergency messages via phone, text message and/or email.

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