rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

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

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.

Thank you for reading this story...

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all. But media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our only supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help.

If everyone who visits rabble and likes it chipped in a couple of dollars per month, our future would be much more secure and we could do much more: like the things our readers tell us they want to see more of: more staff reporters and more work to complete the upgrade of our website.

We’re asking if you could make a donation, right now, to set rabble on solid footing in 2017.

Make a donation.Become a monthly supporter.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.