Strip Club Among Toronto Businesses Reimbursed for G20 Damage
The federal government has reimbursed a Toronto strip club that lost money when the city hosted the G20 summit.
Newly released figures show Zanzibar Tavern is among dozens of businesses compensated for losses during the high-security meetings in June 2010.
The 2011-2012 public accounts, released Tuesday, show the federal government paid more than $1.5 million to 144 businesses for lost revenue.
The accounting shows Zanzibar received $5,886 in compensation, or about half the amount the club claimed in losses.
During the summit, the strip club offered an alternate meeting spot for world leaders.
``Forget G8, try G-strings,'' read the marquee. ``G20 leaders solve world peace in our VIP rooms.''
The club was one of many downtown spots targeted by vandals during the summit. Black Bloc anarchists tore down letters on Zanzibar's iconic sign, smashed its windows with baseball bats and damaged its facade.
The Foreign Affairs Department says a total of 411 claims were submitted by businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals due to lost revenue and unforeseen expenditures.
The public accounts document shows the largest recipient of G20 compensation was Porter Airlines, which operates from a downtown airport. The airline received $145,335.
One notable absence in the public accounts is the Toronto Blue Jays. Last year's access-to-information documents showed the baseball club filed a claim for $470,854 after being forced to shift a series of games to Philadelphia.
The move spoiled the keenly anticipated appearance of ace Philadelphia pitcher Roy Halladay, whom the Jays had traded to the Phillies during the off-season.