Toronto Pan-Am Scams $4.5 million for BMX track

Toronto City Council is on a Pan-Am Games spending spree with less than a year to go until games, word of the actual costs are leaking out. In this clip council talks about a BMX course in Centennial Park, Etobicoke, originally estimated at $1.5 million is actually costing $4.5 million:

City councillors question the cost and embrace the upcoming games coming for TORONTO 2015. Highlights include:

9:48 Mayor Ford speaks on ‘Pan/Parapan American Games Capital Projects Update’ appeals to reign in spending on multi-million dollar dirt BMX track

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Mayor Ford signs autographs for mob of youth at PanAm Games countdown circus event at Nathan Phillips Square (July 11th 2014)

39:28 Speaker Frances Nunziata “When we have pot holes that are 6-feet deep on Jane Street and throughout the ward, throughout the city, we can’t fill those potholes because we’re spending four million dollars on a track.”

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84 km Bike Path – Councillor Nunziata and the Friends of Pan Am Path cut the ribbon at Cruikshank Park (June 21 2013)

This is a controversial issue in terms of the Pan-Am Games overall cost of $2.5 billion (estimated), the official site Toronto2015.org currently lists Venue: To Be Announced on the BMX page.

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July 17, 2013 – Pachi the porcupine introduced as official mascot for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games with a frenzied crowd at the CBC atrium

One thing is for sure the pot-holes are real and noticeable throughout the City. Even the current Mayor of Toronto admits that the potholes situation is worst ever seen on the streets of Toronto crater-town:

PAN-demonium AM TORONTO 2015

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