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Putting lipstick on a pig: A Commonwealth Games update

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the Halifax bid for the Commonwealth Games, but that’s not to say nothing is happening. No, it’s just getting started.

The Halifax Council is holding its budget for the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid close to its chest until Thursday. Last night, council unanimously approved the unreleased number, which council has said in the past it hopes to be in the $1.5-million region. It’s doubtless they’d like to put a little distance between the announcement of this number and the announcement that the city has posted a deficit on the year.

Meanwhile, Fred MacGillivray, head of the committee, flew business class to Qatar to spank the monkey on the municiple tit watch the Asian Games. Naturally, seeing how athletic events are held in the desert half-way around the world is of critical importance to HRM and its bid. Or something. All I can say is that it is a good thing for HRM that they have upgraded their propery assessment program so that now I get reassessed every year – someone’s gotta pay for this shit, and it might as well be me. Any chance of a reach-around, Fred?

I just can’t wait til the real bills start rolling in!

Does Sheila Fraser do municiple work?

Meanwhile, Halifax’s downtown gets more and more violent. At least now the mayor appears to have noticed. It took the murder of a US sailor to prompt Him to get off His ass and at least discuss hiring more cops. I don’t think I’m being too cynical when I suggest that the murder of locals is given a pass because it doesn’t make CNN, and making CNN for murdering visitors just ain’t good for the bid, is it Peter? Not as good as, say, slagging your competition for the very same thing?

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