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Ask the Councillor July 2016: Canada Day fireworks cost

marianne meed ward ward 2 Burlington city councillorGot a question? Email marianne.meedward@burlington.ca and we’ll include your answer next month.

Residents J.M. and T.P ask: What was the approximate cost of the Canada Day fireworks and what was the attendance?

Response: The approximate cost of fireworks on Canada Day is $1,000.00/minute.  Our fireworks display in 2016 was just under 18 minutes in length. Attendance for Canada Day is estimated at 60,000.  Our cost per participant for the event in 2015 was $0.70. We are still finalizing expenses in 2016 so that number is not yet available.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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  1. Only a Grinch would begrudge the cost of Canada’s birthday celebration fireworks show. Hope next year’s celebration is even bigger and better.

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