Thunder Bay – No Surprises Here

Of course Council was going to vote to move ahead to Phase 4. They have no choice. Its all about saving face. Its all about refusing to admit they were wrong. Its called Hubris.

Coun. Linda Rydholm said she’s convinced that the city is not eligible for enough funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and FedNor.

But city manager Tim Commisso disagreed. He said federal and provincial government officials have been very encouraging of the city to apply to the funding bodies.

“They’ll work with us to position it for a more significant review.”

“What if we said it was 10 years out, just for an example,” Coun. Rebecca Johnson said.

“What would be the potential costs of this in 10 years?”

According to a consultant working on the project, a decade-long delay could mean the cost of the event centre would double.  City Council  Agonizes over Event Centre Funding – CBC News

They’ll work with us to position it for a significant review or They’ve  worked with us to position it for a significant review?  Big difference. Now Mr. Commisso has joined the ranks of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the ability to see the future.

And what is the significant review bullshit?  Some cities get more significant reviews than others?  Some projects?  I hope that our $120 million hockey rink  is not more important than some other city’s REAL infrastructure needs.

I can tell you one thing, there will be a lot of very unhappy cities in Ontario if Thunder Bay gets this money.  The cities that are building responsibly financed recreation  facilities and paying for them themselves.

Price double in 10 years?  That is only speculation by a company that wants to discourage the City of Thunder Bay from putting the project off.  Could it cost more? Yes. How much more?  Could it cost less?  Not as likely but with global economy about to crash….who the fuck knows? Surely not PricewaterhouseCoopers. Fear mongering!

The city has nothing to lose by simply asking for the money?  How about the respect of the other cities in the province?  The other citizens of Ontario?  Of Canada?


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