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Doubting city priorities

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According to the Free Press, some recent or planned spending for the city includes:

-- $10 million to ease traffic congestion in the Polo Park area;

-- $722,000 on new city policy advisers;

-- $600,000 to the budget to boost the ward allowance for all 15 councillors;

-- Millions (although the actual numbers are secret) to True North Sports & Entertainment;

-- A $265,000 grant to the Winnipeg Goldeyes;

-- $7.5 million for the Bomber stadium at the University of Manitoba;

-- And additional $28 million to deal with police headquarters problems;

-- $54.3 million for Waverley West roads;

-- $51 million for convention centre expansion;

-- $7.4 million to widen Molson Street;

-- $22 million for IKEA;

-- $262,580 in police headquarters management fees.

And yet, this soulless, business-dominated mayor, council and executive policy committee want to reduce grants to non-profit groups by $358,000.

Unbelievable.

STUART KAYE

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2013 A16

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