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Bombers & IGF: The "hidden" cost - Part II

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A couple of weeks ago I had a post about the number of Winnipeg Transit buses and riders after a Blue Bomber game at Investors Group Field during the 2013 season.

The original post is here.

The information I asked for in a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, but didn't get, was the cost to the Blue Bombers.

I filed a similar FIPPA request with the Winnipeg Police Service; basically asking how many cops it took to direct traffic around the stadium before and after each game and the June 22 Taylor Swift and Aug. 12 Paul McCartney concerts.

One reason I asked is because it appeared no one at the Bombers thought to have police doing traffic duty in the schmozzle that was the June 12 pre-season game.

Police supplied me with the number of special-duty officers plus the cost to the Bombers for their services.

The total amount billed by the WPS to Bombers for police services this past season was $136,992.58 

The Bombers have said they intend to meet their financial obligations.

The full breakdown of costs and number of officers, for each game and concert, supplied to me by the police service is here.

Meanwhile, the CTF's Colin Craig filed a a similar FIPPA request after spotting what he calls "a little nugget" in Public Accounts. It involved an agreement by the province to spend up to $100,000 to assist with game day traffic preparations for IGF.

Craig says The University of Manitoba was also earmarked for $25,000.

His docs are here.

bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

 

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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.

Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.

At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.

Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.

He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.

Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.

In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.

You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.

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