Halifax Regional Municipality is apparently dead serious about “winning” the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. So serious, in fact that they’ve ponied up some more of my tax money to hire Tony Holding as its director of strategic relations. Holding held a similar position in helping Melbourne, Australia “win” the bid for last years’ Games. He’s the kind of guy that calls advertising “look”, so he must be worth every cent.
If you’re at all concerned that HRM council has no idea what it’s getting us into, then you’re not alone. The Herald article links to a site devoted to stopping the games here. It is definitely worth a read – there is a petition to sign if you’re concerned and a series of interesting links for your reading pleasure.
Unfortunately, I have a sneaking feeling that the city is dead-set on going for this. I wonder if this will give Halifax the highest per capita municipal debt in the country? Top that, Moncton!
P.S. Did you notice my “clever” use of quotations around the words “winning”, “look”, and “win”? I’ll bet you did – because you are smart and good-looking! Do you know where I got the idea from (because I don’t have any good ideas myself – only ones I steal from smart people!)? I got it from the “clever” righties that have their knickers in knots over the “Canadians” that the government had to extract from Lebanon the last week or so. Okay, maybe “clever” is not the right word – it was Allan Fotheringham, who is at least sometimes funny, Peter “Bitter” Worthington, who is at best unpleasant, and Adam “Himself” Daifallah, the always-pretty and soooo optimistic.