Pan Am Games Went Over Budget, Scarborough Subway Will Cost (Extra) Millions, and Construction Around the Clock
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Pan Am Games Went Over Budget, Scarborough Subway Will Cost (Extra) Millions, and Construction Around the Clock

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  • Remember the Pan Am and Parapan Am games? It was when we got the TORONTO sign in front of City Hall, 217 medals, and the sense of pride that we hosted something like the Olympics. Turns out, the whole affair went $342 million over budget. We know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry! Senior employees and organizers still got $5.3 million in bonuses, even though a stipulation of their contracts was keeping the Pan Am games within the budget. We’ll just keep blaming it on poor ol’ PACHI.
  • The controversial Scarborough subway could cost taxpayers as much as $6 million more, after City Council voted to settle a dispute with with developers. The settlement comes from staff miscalculations of the ridership of the planned subway. There was concern that staff would have to acknowledge their mistakes at a public hearing, which would cast further doubts on the already dubious project (because of course it would). BILD, the developers, questioned the ridership estimates made by the City, and the City walked away from a one-day mediation meeting in April. BILD then offered the City a deal, which is why we’re left on the hook.
  • Due to significant infrastructure backlogs, the City will keep construction going around the clock on some streets over the summer. The need for 24-hour construction arises from a few factors, including finishing projects that were deferred because of the over-budget Pan Am games. The downside of the construction, according to some activists, will be noisy nights in many parts of the city. Even though no one will be jackhammering concrete in the middle of the night, a beeping vehicle sounds much louder at 2 a.m. than it does at 2 p.m.

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