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TORONTO - The security budget for next summers Pan Am Games in Toronto was far too low, and arrangements to protect venues and a Antworten

TORONTO - The security budget for next summers Pan Am Games in Toronto was far too low, and arrangements to protect venues and athletes are behind schedule, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk warned Wednesday. Doug Flutie Jersey .Lysyk did a special audit after the opposition parties complained that the Liberal government awarded a contract for the bulk of private security services at the Games to a company that did not have the lowest bid.The governments decision to award the contract to Contemporary Security Canada was fair, even though at $81 million it was $14 million higher than the next lowest bid, concluded Lysyk.The selection processes ... were fair and transparent, complied with government procurement policies and applied lessons learned from other similar sporting events, she wrote.Officials put appropriate emphasis on contractors prior experience with providing security at large-scale events and project management qualifications, added Lysyk.However, we had concerns with the timing of security procurement and the communication of the related expected costs.The auditor said the private security contract was budgeted in 2013 at only $42 million, far lower than the $81 million contract that was awarded.Our only concern was that the budget for security procurement was understated and should have been more accurate, wrote Lysyk. We noted the same understatement of budgets for other, smaller security procurements. Pan Am organizers now estimate security costs at $247.4 million, more than double the original estimate of $121.9 million in Torontos bid for the Games.I wouldnt say it was a deliberate ploy to mislead people, Lysyk told reporters. It really wasnt until there was more information, more work being done on security planning, when they started to appreciate that number was too low.Sport Minister Michael Coteau could not explain why the private security budget for the Games was off so much just a year ago, and said he would not put a firm limit on the security budget because there could be a change in the threat level.What would it look like knowing this government put a hard cap on security and comprised the safety of Ontarians, Coteau asked reporters. If the cost increases because of a (higher) threat level, Im quite comfortable with that.Deputy OPP Commissioner Brad Blair said the threat level was increased last month after a gunman shot and killed a soldier at the Ottawa war memorial before storming Parliament Hill, where he was fatally shot by security.The threat level has changed, which means theres a heightened awareness, not only within law enforcement but also with the general public, said Blair. Until we see a specific threat to these games, I would say our planning principles would not change.Arrangements to ensure athletes and officials have secure access to the field-of-play zones at Pan Am venues and to protect the athletes and their equipment are behind schedule, warned Lysyk.With only nine months before the Games begin, TO2015 had only just issued a request for proposals for contract asset protection security services, nor had it completed all procurements for security equipment, she said. TO2015 was supposed to look after the venue of play security, and that hasnt been completed.The opposition parties said they feared security was just one area where the Pan Am Games organizers would blow the budget.Theres a real good chance well be back here in November of next year, after the Games are over, and youre going to see that every piece of the pie involving the Pan Am Games is way over budget, and its the taxpayers of Ontario that are going to have to pay for those overruns, said Progressive Conservative Todd Smith.If theyre messing up so much with respect to the security costs, how much more is out there that we dont know about yet, asked New Democrat Jagmeet Singh.The Toronto security estimate is just a fraction of the nearly $900 million spent on security at the Vancouver Olympics, but officials believe there is a lower risk profile at the Pan Am Games, with far fewer high-profile dignitaries expected to attend.In September, the province had to pump another $74 million into the Games, most of it because of lower than expected sponsorship revenues.The government was criticized for not including the $709 million cost of the athletes village in its original $1.4-billion budget for the Games, which now is expected to top $2.57 billion and could go even higher.It could increase even more depending on future risk and threat assessments and changes in the scope of the Games, said Lysyk.Follow @CPnewsboy on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. 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And the elements in the Cowboys first post-season visit to Lambeau Field since the 1967 Ice Bowl.Cowboys coach Jason Garrett recognizes the interest in Sundays matchup for historical reasons, but understands his players might not.Oh I think we have guys who are football fans and know some history, Garrett said. But having said that, weve got a lot of guys that were born in 1991 or 1992. So its like ancient history to them. The 90s seem like history to them if that makes any sense to you.The other visitors are Carolina at Seattle on Saturday night, Indianapolis at Denver on Sunday.Baltimore (11-6) at New England (12-4), SaturdayThe Ravens come off their first playoff win at Pittsburgh, so they will carry some extra confidence into the opening game of the divisional round. Joe Flacco has seven road playoff wins, the most by a quarterback since the 1970 merger.Of course, he goes up against the top seed in the AFC, a perennial Super Bowl contender led by Tom Brady. One thing is certain: Brady and the Patriots wont be lacking in conviction, either.Were always trying to win the last game of the year, Brady said. We set pretty high expectations and I think we all have high expectations, but youve got to go out there and earn it. Its not easy and this is a first step for us.A lot of teams played last week, we didnt get a chance to do that. This is a week where we can really try to make an impacct on this season. Joe Barksdale Jersey. Dallas (13-4) at Green Bay (12-4)Despite the result of the Ice Bowl, after which the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl, Dallas leads 4-2 in playoff matchups. Its the first time a team with an 8-0 home record in the regular season hosts one with an 8-0 road record.The Cowboys are 15-9 in divisional playoff games, but lost their past three. They bring a high-powered offence paced by league rushing leader DeMarco Murray, QB Tony Romo, receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been battling a calf injury and has had limited preparation for Sunday. Rodgers home passer rating of 133.2 is the best in NFL history. Hes had 418 pass attempts and 36 touchdown passes at Lambeau without an interception, both NFL records.Carolina (8-8-1) at Seattle (12-4), Saturday nightThe defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks know all about division winners with a losing record advancing to this round of the playoffs. 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