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Jul 05, 2015 at 10:46 PM

Welcome to my online office. I have set up this website to give you a chance
to interact with me directly and to learn a little bit more about my work to
Stand Up for St. Catharines in Ottawa. I hope you will take the time to read
my blog, check out the community calendar and look at the services available
through my Community Office. Most of all, I hope you will take the time to
communicate your ideas and concerns by commenting on my blog, voting for the
online polls or sending me an e-mail. This website is here for you, so
please share your thoughts and ideas.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Centre ready for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games
Jun 22, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Government of Canada provides support to upgrade historic St. Catharines rowing venue

St. Catharines - Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (St. Catharines), today announced funding of up to $714,397 from the Government of Canada for upgrades to the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Centre, a historic world-class rowing facility and host to the annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, including up to $250,000 to improve the entranceway to the spectator grandstand.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada has committed up to $714,397 toward renovations to the facility, including the installation of a new lane marking system (buoys), the removal and replacement of an existing bridge linking the rowing facility to the mainland, and the improvement of the entranceway to the spectator grandstands. This funding is part of the federal government’s commitment of up to $500 million to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The City of St. Catharines contributed a total of $364,883 to the project.
  • The Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course will be the site for 14 men’s and women’s rowing events at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, with competition scheduled for July 11 to 15. After the Games, the Royal Canadian Henley will remain the home of North America’s largest rowing regatta, which it has hosted for more than 130 years.
  • During the Year of Sport in Canada, the Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to participate in sport according to their talents and interests. In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government doubled the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit to $1,000 to help offset the costs of parents enrolling their children in organized sport. At the same time, it will be investing an additional $20 million in the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, to ensure they continue to have what they need to push for the podium today and in the future.

 “It’s an honour for our city to be hosting the rowing competitions at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The Government of Canada is proud to have invested in this historic course, which will not only allow Canadians to compete here at home during the Year of Sport in Canada, but also enable them to continue to train for decades to come.”
—Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (St. Catharines)

"This is an historic event for St. Catharines. With some of the world’s best rowers visiting our hometown this summer, this is an opportunity to showcase our city and the Royal Canadian Henley course as a world-class sports tourism destination. This investment will carry legacy value for generations to come.”
—Walter Sendzik, Mayor, City of St. Catharines.

"Bringing the Games to life requires significant help from our government partners. Their investment in Henley not only contributes to the operation of these games, but also ensures that Canadians for generations can compete and train in this storied sport in this historic location.”
—Saad Rafi, chief executive officer, TORONTO 2015

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Lock 1 Canal Fencing to be Replaced
Jun 19, 2015 at 01:23 PM

Federal government responds to local concerns

St. Catharines – Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra today announced that in response to concerns brought to him by his constituents, the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority will remove the recently installed eight feet tall security fencing along Charles Ansell Park at Lock 1 and replace it with a structure that will be much more aesthetically pleasing.

“I completely understand the need to ensure the security of our waterways across the country”, said Dykstra. “And I’m very pleased we’ve been able to come up with a solution that balances that requirement with the historic nature of the canal and the needs of our community and tourists to enjoy the area.”

Security fencing has been going up along the canal in areas designated as interchange points, which are part of a post 9/11 directive in 2004 when new Marine Transportation Security Regulations came into effect.

The decorative replacement will be going up within the next thirty days.

Contact:  Karen Moncur

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Contributing to Community Celebrations for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
Jun 15, 2015 at 12:11 PM


Government of Canada supports celebrations and cultural activities in communities

June 15, 2015

St. Catharines – Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced that the Niagara Sport Commission is receiving funding of $18,000 through the Community Celebrations Fund to plan and carry out celebrations related to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

This support from the Government of Canada will help St. Catharines offer an exceptional celebration to strengthen our national pride and raise awareness of vibrant cultural communities in the region. Over the course of the Games, community celebrations across the country will offer cultural experiences and performances to thousands of Canadians and visitors alike.

Quick Facts

  • The Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Community Celebrations Fund is a two-year initiative that will support cultural activities throughout Canada in connection with the Toronto 2015 Games.
  • This funding comes from the up to $500 million that the Government of Canada has committed to the 2015 Games.
  • The Niagara Sports Commission hosted a community sporting celebration that showcased Pan Am Games sports and highlight the important sport history of the Niagara Region. Activities took place June 13, 2015 at Jaycee in St. Catharines. The event included: an opening ceremony, athlete appearances and a sport 'try it' day that encouraged children and youth to try various summer sports and interact with sport groups with whom they may want to become members. The following sports were featured: basketball, canoeing and kayaking, volleyball, soccer, fencing and baseball. The project engaged local sporting organizations and professional athletes. The project also included a sport themed exhibit that will showcase the Pan Am Games and Canadian sport history

 “I’m thrilled to announce this important contribution that will showcase our community’s passion for both culture and sport”, said Dykstra.  “Our celebration will shine a light on our community as we cheer on our country’s athletes.”

  • The Toronto 2015 Games will be one of the largest multisport events ever hosted in Canada.
  • The Governor General proclaimed 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada. Its overarching theme is “Canada: A Leading Sport Nation.”


Contact - Karen Moncur

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