Burnaby's New Orleans jazz junket cost taxpayers $8,122.07

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Just another bit of city business for Burnaby Council?

Another FOI has come in from the City of Burnaby and CityCaucus.com readers may not be too pleased to learn the details of a recent trip to New Orleans by Mayor Derek Corrigan and a City Council colleague.

The delegation included Corrigan, Councillor Nick Volkow, Denis Nokony, Assistant Director, Cultural Services and Geraldine Parent, Arts Services Manager. In addition, three employees from Tourism Burnaby were also there, but the costs of their travel was not provided to us by the City. The total cost of the trip for Burnaby's four delegates was $8,122.07 including airfare. This includes $1446 dollars in per diems paid to the four City of Burnaby participants.

We reported here earlier that Mayor Corrigan was heading down to the Big Easy in order to partake in the New Orleans Blues Festival. The goal was of the six-person delegation was to learn from local officials on how to put on a great party, N'awlins style!

We not only FOI'd the cost of the trip, but we also asked for a complete itinerary to see how many meetings and officials the delegation was meeting with during their trip. The following is a summary of their itinerary for the three days:

April 23 2009

Delegation arrives. They are on their own for dinner.

April 24th, 2009

Optional Gray Line Super City Tour. For those who attended, the tour lasted from 9:30 to 11:30 am and cost $29 USD

10:15 am - Geraldine Parent attends a meeting with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. There are no other morning meetings scheduled for the rest of the delegation.

12:30 pm - Mayor Corrigan, Councillor Volkow, Denis Nokony and Geralidine parent meet in the lobby of hotel and depart for City Hall

1:00 pm - Meeting with Mayor Ray Nagin

2:00 pm - 7 pm - Attend the New Orleans Jazz Festival

8:30 pm - Dinner at the Palace Cafe. Dress is "upscale casual"

April 25th, 2009

9:00 am - Breakfast at Bourbon House Restaurant and Seafood Bar

10:30 am - Meet in lobby and depart for Jazz Festival

11:00 am - 7:00 pm - Attend Jazz Festival

Evening - leisure time

April 26th, 2009

11:00 am - Mayor, Councillor and Nick meet in lobby for airport departure

We'll leave it to you to decide if this was a grueling trip, or great junket to one of the world's greatest party towns. In any event, we are also tracking down any follow-up reports that Mayor Corrigan or Councillor Volkow have submitted to Council.

Stay tuned to CityCaucus.com, for a good time all the time.

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