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Pan Am Games 2015

JamesM

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I'm not really looking forward to it, but my place of employment is literally next door to the athletes village, so it's going to be a shitshow.

Right on the Don river, DVP.

They [the organizers] are literally going to our business, and asking us if we can work off hours, or work at home to reduce traffic.

There's a huge separate fund too [our tax money] to be divvy'ed up between the management.

These are the same folks which kicked out the world cup from Toronto from what I've read, to avoid competition this summer. I'd much rather watch the Women's world cup at the Rogers centre, or BMO Field. For Reals.

TORONTO — The bonus pool for executives with the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games organizing committee has been reduced from $7 million to $5.7 million, which will be split among 53 executives instead of 64.

Pan Am Games CEO Saad Rafi says he made some organizational changes that reduced the number of executives eligible for bonuses and also cut the total amount they will split to $5.7 million.

Rafi says 40 per cent of the officials with Toronto’s Pan Am games travel from one major sporting event to another, and “completion incentives” are offered by most event organizers.

Pan Am executives paid as much as $250,000 are eligible for bonuses of up to 100 per cent of their annual pay when the Games are over — half for staying on the job and half conditional on performance.


Progressive Conservative Pam Am critic Todd Smith says the payments seem overly generous, and he doesn’t think some should qualify for a bonus because some venues were not completed on schedule.

Rafi, who is on secondment from his job as a deputy minister with the Ontario government, will be eligible for a bonus equal to his annual salary of $428,000 if the Games come in on schedule and on budget.

The province ordered TO2015 to tighten its expense rules in 2013 after some of its well-paid executives, including Troop, billed taxpayers for things like a 91-cent parking fee and $1.89 cup of tea. Troop received a severance package worth more than $500,000 when he was let go.

The original $1.44 billion budget for Toronto’s Pan Am Games doesn’t include the $700 million cost of building the athletes’ village or $10 million for the provincial Pan Am secretariat.
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/c...an-am-games-will-split-5-7-million-in-bonuses

If the Toronto games can do just a bit better than the South Asian Games

 
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JamesM

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“Part of our plan includes reducing demand on our transportation network at its busiest times to help alleviate congestion,” said Andrew Posluns, an official with the provincial Ministry of Transportation. “This can be done in many ways...carpooling, shifting to transit, telework. It can also be as simple as retiming one’s drive to avoid the rush hour peak or rerouting your travel around a particular venue.”

Officials have already been contacting companies along major Games’ routes, encouraging them to make more use of teleconferencing and video conferencing to cut down on travel during the Games, and for employees to commute to and from work outside of peak hours.
No parking will be available at many Toronto Pan Am Games venues - The Globe and Mail
 

Ho||yw0oD

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RE: Exec incentive pay

This should not be a big deal. The executive salaries are small relative to their earning potential elsewhere. These incentives work to ensure executives stick around for the entire games. I also like the idea of incentives for staying on budget. Actually, it would be great if they implemented such an incentive across the entire OPS.
 

basketballjones

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RE: Exec incentive pay

This should not be a big deal. The executive salaries are small relative to their earning potential elsewhere. These incentives work to ensure executives stick around for the entire games. I also like the idea of incentives for staying on budget. Actually, it would be great if they implemented such an incentive across the entire OPS.
bwahahahahahaha
yeah, sure
 
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Jeffsus

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I'm just gonna go with basketballjones here.

But those Phillipino divers are so funny, I can't stop watching.

Well maybe I'm watching a little bit because they're Asian and half naked..

But I mean come on even Sunny could do a better job.

The best part is when they get into the hottub and high-five each other for their awesomely uniform 0.00 scores.

Those boys would be a lot better off just making porn together.

-jM
A&D
 

praktik

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RE: Exec incentive pay

This should not be a big deal. The executive salaries are small relative to their earning potential elsewhere. These incentives work to ensure executives stick around for the entire games. I also like the idea of incentives for staying on budget. Actually, it would be great if they implemented such an incentive across the entire OPS.
I'm with ya - there's a weird disconnect in public attitudes to the public service - they want it to be amazing and do everything perfectly, but they cringe at salaries that are still below benchmark in the private sector.

In the states there has been a decades long project to dismantle the public service - and there it may very well be desirable to have broken government and public service paid shit and treated like dirt. This will only give them more examples to support their crazy libertarian free market fundie-ism: "See, everything government touches doesn't work".

In Canada - thankfully - we have more of a tradition of public service, so I don't see why its so controversial to pay them well.

Must be the center of gravity to the south pulling our debate rightward.
 

Sal De Ban

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Posters on the subway: "flex your commuting options" and the options are: carpool, TAKE THE SUBWAY, or work from home. What, do you think people are riding the subway for fun?!
 

praktik

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Work from home - you know I would love to see the Ontario/Federal governments getting out in front and creating the space for a culture shift on this, maybe incentivizing businesses to have more people telework more often.

Easy way to relieve pressure on the commuting arteries of the GTA - but many workplaces, while having the tech of 2015, have the mindset of 1988
 

ndrwrld

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the new stickers in the HOV lanes on the QEW are peeling off.
what a complete shitshow traffic is going to be.

want to have fun with the rentacops ( ala G20 ) ? roam around high profile venues taking lots of pictures.
 
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Sal De Ban

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You'd probably get shot. The internet would argue about the incident for about two weeks, then you'd be forgotten. About a week after that, the video footage would eventually be bumped for 'Best cat vines August 2015'.
 

Blysspluss

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I'll be visiting town when these start.(not for the games, just my annual stopover in civilization before returning to the breadbasket) Should be interesting...and busy at the airport. Gonna try out that airport train route from union to pearson...because well, I like trains.
 

Sal De Ban

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I'll be visiting town when these start.(not for the games, just my annual stopover in civilization before returning to the breadbasket) Should be interesting...and busy at the airport. Gonna try out that airport train route from union to pearson...because well, I like trains.
nice. do me a huge favour when you get to Pearson - look around, and remark to someone that it is "busier than an airport" in here. Preferably to a stranger.
 

tobywan

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Posters on the subway: "flex your commuting options" and the options are: carpool, TAKE THE SUBWAY, or work from home. What, do you think people are riding the subway for fun?!
I've been seeing the same ads on the GO Train...yeah, waste some more taxpayer's dollars on telling the people who ALREADY take public transit, to take public transit.

I really hope that people en masse just say the hell with it and use the HOV lanes anyways. They can't pull over/arrest everyone.
 

Sal De Ban

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pretty sure I used an HOV lane yesterday. I was distracted by all the new pan am (venue) signage. After all of this, I still have no f-ing clue what the pan am games are - has it started? lol
 
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derek

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Next week they will start policing the HOV lanes. They'll just be giving warning; starting the week after you could get ticketed
 

KickIT

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Take a drive to Cherry and Commissioners. Check out the lot where Cirque De Soleil usually setup. It has an armada of Pan Am games vehicles parked there. Hundreds if not thousands parked there ready to clogged the roads in a few weeks.
 
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Sal De Ban

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aww.... :( isn't it generally the same athletes who participate in the olympics? i'm just wiki'ing the pan am games since I knew nothing about them 3 hours ago...lol
 

SneakyPete

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aww.... :( isn't it generally the same athletes who participate in the olympics? i'm just wiki'ing the pan am games since I knew nothing about them 3 hours ago...lol
I am not familiar with all the sports but the ones that I know a little bit about you generally don't see the top athletes at the Pan Am games. For example, it's easy to figure out who the top 100m runners are and if you look at past Pan Am games you don't see any of the familiar names. In men's basketball, the US sends people from the D League. For men's soccer, the Copa America is happening right now so it's unlikely any of the top South American players will play tournaments so close together. I am guessing some of the biggest names in the Games will be Canadian because it's happening in a home country.
 

kerouacdude

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the last Pan Ams were in October, which hindered a lot of the track athletes coz of it was weeks after their season.

athletics and swimming - you might not get the creme de la creme, but you'll get to see the next best in the world and you may get to see some who'll become big one day. I got to see Bolt and Jamaal Charles at the jr. worlds in Quebec 12 years ago.
Ashton Eaton, Nathalie Coughlin, Cullen Jones are among the Americans committed so far in track and swimming.
And there's about 12 sports where it helps qualify for the Olympics - triathlon, equestrian among them - so it's not complete low rent even if it's lost lustre from the 70s and 80s.

I'll be going to the boxing - which is on the opposite side of the GTA for me unfortunately (Oshawa).
 
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