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Scugog gains a small profit from their Canada Day event

DAN CEARNS The Standard

SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has earned a small profit from their Canada Day event, which was held in Palmer Park.

At a meeting on Monday, September 12th, councillors saw a staff report regarding the 2022 celebrations.

“The Canada Day operating budget of $35,000 was approved by Council, on February 28th, 2022. The Township was successful in obtaining a grant from Canadian Heritage Celebrate Canada for $15,000 and business sponsorships of $8,000. Vendor revenue was $1,850. With a total revenue of $24,850 and total expenses of $24,600, the Township was left with a net income of $250,” the report stated.

Ward 1 Councillor, Ian McDougall suggested next year’s report include the total Township staff time costs for the event, such as for “preparing the park, [and] preparing the goods we will need.”

“I think it’s important for the public to know, as a council, we invest in the community, and we invest in the things people in the community see value in, and it doesn’t quite reflect in the report the level of investment we give,” Councillor McDougall explained.

Ward 5 Councillor Lance Brown questioned if the Township heard of any issues from police or security personnel at the event.

Shawna Cornish, Scugog’s Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture, responded, stating there were no issues reported to the Township.

The report noted, the “$12,000, 3,326-shot fireworks show was a great success, with very positive feedback from various attendees.” The Township also estimated there were “at least 2,000 people attending the event at any given time, with upwards of 15,000 attendees for the fireworks show.”

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