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Oops. They did what?
The federal government is now saying the fake lake being built in the Toronto media centre for the G8/G20 summits really only costs $57,000.
The $1.9 million price tag is for the entire media centre. (That’s on top of the $23 million spent on the arena in Muskoka that was supposed to be the G8 media centre until the G20 was added and the entire media corps moved to Toronto).
A mock up of the lake can be seen here.
Today’s "what were they thinking" category winner goes to a $1.1 million road and sidewalk elevation in Parry Sound. Apparently the budget did not include money to hike the fire hydrant at the same time.
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About Mia Rabson
Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.
Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.
She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.
Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.
Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.
In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.
She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.
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