As the old saying goes “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye”. Although in the context of the Pan Am Games, the line should read “it’s all fun and games until politicians rob us blind”.
Last week organizers for this summer’s Pan Am Games say they’ve spent 80 per cent of their capital budget so far, with roughly five months to go before the international competition begins.
Back in 2009, the city of Toronto and the Southern Ontario region were announced as the winning bid for the 2015 games.
The city and region had lost two Olympic bids, two Commonwealth Games bids in Hamilton and couldn't even get a bid for the world expo off the ground.
So desperate to get an “event”, politicians decided to open the public purse and put together a no holds barred offering for the Olympics' ugly little cousin.
The two-week games, ...