In 2013 Pachi the porcupine was unveiled as the new mascot for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games . The games are expected to cost $2.5 billion, but security costs alone have already ballooned to more than double original estimates, and a special auditor's report says that could go higher still. The Games have already been criticized for the high salaries paid to officials
Photo Credit: Michelle Siu/The Canadian Pres

Pan-Am games costs: still rising


It seems like the cost estimate for every international games event is always well below the actual burden taxpayers will bear.

Officials originally said security costs for the Pan-Am games and Parapan, set for July and August 2015 in Toronto,  would be $121.9 million.

Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said Wednesday that the decision to award 2015 Pan Am Games security contracts to the subsidiary of an American firm was fair, although an Ontario company bid was $14 million lower. was fair. ©  (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

In a special report issued Wednesday, Ontario Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk, says costs are now more than double that at $247.4 and could easily rise further.

She says the organizing committee, TO2015, still has to engage additional security for the actual venues and is behind schedule in doing so.

Lysyk said the organizing committee also had communications problems with the various security groups, in one case transferring several security responsibilities to the Ontario Provincial Police and Integrated Security Unit without first consulting them.

The report came following a request by the provincial New Democratic Party (NDP)  and public accounts committee to look into how a security contract for $81 million to a subsidiary of an American firm was awarded. An Ontario firm had bid $14 million lower. The American subsidiary costs are $42 million more than the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services estimate of $39 million which had been originally submitted by officials.

While Lysyk said the contract followed protocol, she also criticized the Ministry saying given experience and lessons from past games the estimates were not realistic.

“If they’re messing up so much with respect to the security costs, how much more is out there that we don’t know about yet,” asked provincial New Democratic Party member Jagmeet Singh.

Todd Smith of the provincial Progressive Conservative party said, “There’s a real good chance we’ll be back here in November of next year, after the Games are over, and you’re going to see that every piece of the pie involving the Pan Am Games is way over budget, and it’s the taxpayers of Ontario that are going to have to pay for those overruns,

It will cost some $2.5 billion to host the games.  Over 7,500 athletes and staff will participate in 51 sports to be held 16 venues spread out around the Toronto and Niagara regions of southern Ontario

Tagged with:
Posted in International, Society

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1.’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3.’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.