Pan Am perqs aplenty for sports elite

Fast forward to early July, the day is sizzling and you’re stuck in complete gridlock on the Don Valley Parkway or Gardiner Expressway.

As you sit stewing — at least I’d be stewing — a chauffeur-driven Chevy Impala, Malibu, Traverse or Equinox containing a sports dignitary and his or her spouse breezes by you in the special Pan Am HOV lanes enroute to one of the sporting events in 51 disciplines.

The chauffeur-driven car could also be taking the sporting officials to tour Niagara wine country, or their wives to do some cross-border shopping.


This makes me puke.

  • David Murrell

    Good essay by Sue-Ann Levy, one of the best writers at the Toronto Sun. She stresses that she does not have that much information (she is being stonewalled by the Pan Am group). Still, it would be good to have some hard numbers about who is paying what. She mentions a $230-m “management and operations” budget, some of which goes to perks for sports officialdom. All of this must be scrutinized.

    • This boondoggle will plague us with debt for years to come.

      • Petey

        Yup. And let’s start counting the boondoggles. One after another after another.

  • David Murrell

    Er, mostly on topic, but one Mark Saunders has just been nominated to be the first black Toronto police chief. Here CBC News emphasizes that he is black, and must build bridges to “multicultural groups” (CBC speak for hoods);

    At any rate his current job, as Deputy Police Chief, is that of organizing security for the wonderful Pan AM games 2015.

  • Waffle

    Go back to sleep, sheeples. It’s only money– yours!

  • JoKeR

    I am Liberal. I am entitled to my entitlements. Hear me roar!

  • canminuteman

    I don’t support the Pan Am games in any way, shape or form. I am however a fencer. I have been a member of a fencing club for a long time, so my wife got my sons’ and I tickets to the fencing tournament. I have been to a few tournaments as a competitor, so it will be interesting to see a world class tournament as a spectator.