First impression? Where is Brook McIlroy? An article about building something expensive in Thunder Bay and no Brook McIlroy reference. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
The following article makes it sound like Thunder Bay has another shot at a the much promoted arena/entertainment/convention centre that all of Thunder Bay Administration along with 1778691 Ontario Inc. so dearly crave.
If you read the article below carefully, only the convention/entertainment component is eligable for partial funding.
the convention/trade centre portion of the $80-million project is eligible for P3 Canada funding in the next round of allocations.
So that is less than one third of $80M. How much less? Who knows? Of course, The City of Thunder Bay could lie to the Federal Government about the project, which I believe it did to secure funding for the Prince Arthur’s Landing project. The City of Thunder Bay Administration is good at that. Lying I mean.
I wish just once, City Administration would tell the public the truth. Tell that the chosen location for the proposed event centre is the Water Street bus terminal. Tell them that they have been busy buying up property in that area to address concerns over lot size and parking. Tell them that its going to cost way more than $80M.
But they won’t because City Administration knows that the taxpayers can’t handle the truth. The taxpayers would quash Administrations dream. It would also really fuck up their deal with 1778691 Ontario Inc. and that can NEVER happen.
Less than two weeks after being turned down by the federal government in their bid for $20 million to help pay for a new events centre, city officials say the plan may be back on track.
City manager Tim Commisso, in a release issued on Tuesday, said the feds have told Thunder Bay the convention/trade centre portion of the $80-million project is eligible for P3 Canada funding in the next round of allocations.
The city was originally turned down for a number of reasons, including not having a viable site plan and economic impact statement, as well as the nature of the project itself.
Some clarification from Ottawa helped clear the air this time around, Commisso said.
“We followed up. We wanted to know what was behind the decision of a couple of weeks ago. We were able to get some clarity behind it,” Commisso said. “Really it was what we anticipated. It was a policy decision that was made at the federal level that certainly was broad-based and excluded any sport and recreation projects from the P3 fund.”
When Thunder Bay originally applied for third-round money, the category was in place.
“What they did confirm is that if we have a component of the project which is a convention centre or trade show facility, which we’ll be looking at, that that component is certainly eligible and if there’s a fourth intake (of P3 funding), which I anticipate there will be, we can certainly submit that component for that back into the P3 funding,” Commisso said. – Tbnewswatch
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