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Opening comments:  More at the end.

what $100,000 would buy" - for one, a chance for Hazel McCallion to run the Olympic torch and fool people into thinking she has some kind of Olympic endorsement.

To the Abuse of the Olympic Torch web-page.

To the main Judicial Inquiry page - to the Hazel McCallion page.

Mississauga News - Sept. 11, 2009 - By  Dominik Kurek

City wants Olympic torch run

City officials want the Olympic torch to pass through Mississauga en route to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics — and they're willing to spend $100,000 on the event.

“I think it would be a wonderful thing if we could do it and if we were selected,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion at City Council Wednesday when the bid was recommended.

If Mississauga is given the green light by Vancouver organizers, it would be the second torch relay hosted by the city.  The first time was in 1988 during the leadup to the Calgary games.

Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito, who worked on organizing that run, recalled it was a very exciting.  The City, she said, handed out candles in the likeness of the Olympic torch to people along the route.

"I think when we put in our bid we should mention we had it before and that the Olympic committee was very impressed with our presentation," Saito said.

Pat Craigmile, the City's manager of sports, noted the application deadline is next week and the City will know whether it was chosen as one of the 200 celebration sites in November. Craigmile says Mississauga has a good chance to be selected because it's the sixth largest community in Canada.  However, that would depend on whether the Olympic committee is looking for large cities or smaller towns.

Craigmile said there’s money in the City’s arts reserve funds to cover the $100,000 cost, which she noted is only “a very rough figure.”  The City, she adds, is looking into whether corporate sponsorship is allowed.

As for what $100,000 would buy, Craigmile says no activities have been planned as yet.

The celebration is expected to last about two hours, but celebration-site cities can also host day-long events.

Along with the 200 celebration sites, there will be about another 1,000 communities across Canada that the torch will pass through.  The relay will last 100 days.

One of the objectives of the event is to include as many cultures as possible, Craigmile noted.

"This is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Mississauga and include all of Mississauga," she said.

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