Irek’s Votes – December 4, 2017

8.3 – Approve 2022 CanAM PoliceFire Games NO 9-1 Regular
8.2 – Erie Street Clock Yes 10-0 Consent
8.7 – Rezoning 3255 Jefferson Yes 10-0 Consent
8.9 – Rezoning Chapter Two Brewery Yes 10-0 Consent
8.6 – Rezoning Heritage Tire Sales Yes 10-0 Consent
8.11 – International Playing Cards Permit Yes 10-0 Consent
11.1 – Agency Payments Yes 10-0 Consent
11.2 – 2018 Interim Property Tax Yes 10-0 Consent
11.3 – Establishment of Arts Endowment Yes 10-0 Regular
11.4 –Concession Group Canada Agreement Yes 10-0


Item 8.3 – Approval for 2022 CanAm Police and Fire Games: I voted NO on spending $580,000 to host the six day competition that will draw 800 people to Windsor.

Simply put – I support Sports Tourism in instances where the City is not the sole or chief sponsor and organizer of a sporting competition.

For example – I supported the Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools Association (OFSSA) provincial championships which brought 5,000 people to Windsor and cost the City about $10,000. I also supported the Memorial Cup bid because the main sponsors and organizer was the CHL and the Windsor Spitfires. The City was one partner of many.

That is smart Sports Tourism – and the key is partnerships.

Looking at the successful bids put forward by the two previous organizers, there are two facts that stand out:

  1. The CanAm Games to be held in the Lake of the Ozarks in 2018 and 2020 is being paid for by the Tri-County Lodging Association (TCLA) which is a consortium of hotel owners. The TCLA was also the main organizer. The taxpayer was not on the hook for the cost. That is smart Sports Tourism.
  1. Windsor’s bid competitor – the City of Lethbridge – put forward $200,000 for the bid. The remaining funding was to be drawn from other partners.

There is a better way to support Sports Tourism – one where the entire financial and organizational burden of hosting the competition is not borne by the taxpayer and City staff.

8.11 – International Playing Card Heritage Alteration Permit: I enthusiastically supported this wonderful project, which will result in a modern elementary school being built that will beautifully incorporate the heritage features of the century-old International Playing Cards building.

Full marks to Director Erin Kelly and her team at the Public School Board for their determination to see this project through and for putting forward a vision that will serve generations of Windsor’s children and families – and make our City proud. Bravo.

11.3 – Establishment of Arts Endowment: I was excited to vote YES on this tremendous initiative, which is the establishment of a $2.75 million arts endowment fund.

Full marks to Mayor Dilkens for bringing this idea forward – an idea which provides a solid boost to the blooming of arts and culture in our City.