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G8/G20 Communique: Government reveals your $1 billion G8/G20 price tag

| September 24, 2010

Here is some of what your $1 billion taxpayer dollars paid for:

--$43,179 for a "running gear entanglement system" (a special gun fires a line of high-tensile rope into the path of an oncoming boat. The rope snags the boat's propeller and stalls the engine. This was to protect world leaders from attack during the G8 meetings in Huntsville.

--$100,800 for Sabre 4000 detectors, which can detect explosives, chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.

--$37,265 for "under-vehicle surveillance systems."

--$4.4 million for a security fence.

--$14,409 for glow sticks.

--$31,390 for flag polls.

--$246,000 for the green wall inside the Direct Energy Centre.

--Millions of dollars for hotels in and around Toronto, including $1.1 million for accommodations at the Crown Plaza Toronto Airport.

--$85,313 for rooms and food at Yorkdale's Park Hyatt hotel.

--$274,000 for computers.

--$138,446 for a "digital pen system."

--$23,100 for a "Tactical Thermal Night Vision Video Camera."

--$23,100 for a Panasonic HD TV.

--$74,898 for defibrillators.

--+$2.5 million for chartered buses.

--$85,571 for first aid kits, tactical medical kits and mass casualty kits.

--$266,257 for new cameras, include high-end Nikon D300s.

--$1,399 for 4GB memory sticks.

--$13,061 for police notebooks.

--$16,014 for flex cuffs, used on people detained by officers.

--$18,436 for "fireballs," dashboard lights used in police cruisers.

--$315,000 for "high-end" furniture.

--$420,000 for "standard" furniture.

--$702,597 for the rental of two-way radios.

--$17, 275 for snacks from places like the Pickle Barrel.

--$333,831 for "personal outdoor kits" which included sun screen, insect repellent and hand sanitizer.

--$13,384 for headgear and umbrellas.

--$207,900 for solar lighting.

--$12,747 for sun, rain and bug shelters and some coolers.

--$14,306 for bug jackets.

--$28,259 for a personal water craft.

--$439,186 for portable toilets.

--$9,730 for "Police Dog Service Equipment" from Pet Klean Inc.


If you think that $1 billion could have been better spent, please post your suggestions in the comment section below.




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