Garbage & policing costs for the Canucks celebrations adding up – photo: CTV
Vancouver's wannabe mayor Suzanne Anton says it's time for the Provincial and Federal governments to kick in for the costs of big parties. The Canucks playoff run has been a huge boon for fans, and especially for bar and restaurant owners who are finally making a profit after an extended winter. The cost of policing and additional garbage collection has provided the City of Vancouver (and other cities such as Surrey) with a big tab that local taxpayers will be stuck with.
"I came into politics to get more sports facilities, and sport remains central to my interests in the city,” says Anton. “I am so proud our Canucks are so close to winning the Stanley Cup. The Olympics showed how Vancouver loves to celebrate. The crowds downtown enjoying the Hamilton Street plaza and the Granville Mall show how the city has succeeded in becoming a celebration destination."
In a release sent out Friday, Coun. Anton points out that in cities like Surrey and especially in downtown Vancouver – where 40,000 people reportedly partied after game one of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday – the bill for garbage collection and police overtime is spiking. It's estimated that the tab will be as high as $1 million in Vancouver alone.
Anton says senior levels of government must be "cashing in" on the economic activity generated by the NHL playoffs. Like with the Olympics, all that overtime for staff is covered by the City alone, with no chance to share the windfall from sales & liquor taxes.
"The only way we can sustain these kinds of celebrations is if we get some financial support from senior levels of government," adds Anton. "We all love hosting the party, but the Province and the Feds need to pay their fair share for clean-up and security costs."
It's expected with the sunny weather and game two happening on a Saturday night, that the biggest crowds yet will be coming to downtown Vancouver, and the biggest costs yet for clean-up and policing. The first Stanley Cup Finals run in 17 years has blessed B.C. with its second big celebration in as many years. The last minute scrambling by the City of Vancouver to find "family friendly" settings for Canucks celebrations has exposed the City's need for a proper public square for people to gather.
For a complete list of gathering spots across Metro Vancouver see our Where to Be for Free: Stanley Cup Final edition guide at CityCaucus.com/stanleycup.
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