Pan Am Games in Toronto.You don't have to be a die-hard cynic to smirk at the latest cost estimate for providing security at next year's
There's always been a bait-and-switch quality to budget estimates for big sports extravaganzas like the Olympics, Pan-Am Games or World Cup Soccer.
Why we put up with it is another matter.
Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections Services issued an updated estimate Monday for keeping everyone safe at the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
It's now $239 million, up from the previous estimate $206 million and more than double the initial budgeted cost of $113 million, the Toronto Sun reports.
The ministry said in a news release the contract for private security services is almost in place, which is what generated the revised estimate.
"However, Games security planning is ongoing and must respond to the evolving scope and scale of the Games as well as to any specific threats that may be identified in the future," the ministry said.
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