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万锦冰球馆项目幕后真相(一)
THE SECRET ARENA REPORTS: WHAT WE WERE NEVER TOLD (I)

揭露万锦市体育馆项目所带来的巨大负面影响的顾问报告在过去一直被深深隐藏,秘而不宣。随着该份耗费纳税人$70万元资金撰写的报告终于得见天日,Bob Mok在其系列专栏文章中详细披露了体育馆项目所存在的种种问题。
A consultant report that exposes a huge downside to the Markham Arena Project was kept as secret from the public over the past. As the report finally sees the light of day, Bob Mok’s serial column gives detailed account of problems with the project that cost $700,000 from citizens.
                            
曾导致万锦居民分裂成两个阵营的万锦市体育馆项目在反对声中被迫取消,并终成历史。在过去几年里,耗费纳税人$70万元资金撰写的顾问报告一直秘而不宣。现在该份报告终于得见天日,而“反对”阵营在整个抵制运动中一直无从得知的信息也终于大白于天下。

The proposed and now cancelled Markham Arena Project that divided the City of Markham residents into two camps is now history. Over the past few years, consultant reports costing over $700,000 paid for by citizens were shielded from public eyes. Now that the reports are finally released, we get to see information that was not available to the “opposition” camp throughout the campaign.


总体来讲,该体育馆项目存在巨大问题,而大众对此一直一无所知。一些市府成员不希望公开报告内容并不出人意料。多年来,万锦居民一直努力寻求公开保密的万锦体育馆顾问报告,现在万锦市府终于将最终报告公诸于众,而这主要还是要归功于市议员Karen Rea通过资讯自由和隐私保护委员会所做的不懈努力。

Overall there was a huge downside to the arena project of which the public was not made aware.  Little wonder that some at the City did not want the reports released.  After years of struggle to obtain the secret consultants' reports on the proposed Markham arena, the last report has finally been released by the City thanks to the efforts of Councillor Karen Rea, via the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Commission. 

 
该报告揭露了体育馆项目带来的一连串问题,其中大部分问题都已触及市府财政底线,并会大幅增加金融风险。体育馆的许多成本被忽略、低估或是轻描淡写,而某些收入却被虚夸。同时投资者回报不足亦引发严重担忧。此外,报告还指出市府未曾对该项目的价值及风险进行认真评估。
 
The report has exposed a litany of problems with the project, most of which would have affected the bottom line and increased risk in a major way. Many costs were excluded, underestimated or understated while some revenues were overstated. There were serious concerns about inadequate returns for investors. Furthermore the reports indicate that adequate due diligence was lacking.


报告对万锦市会因此面临太多短期与长期金融风险,并缺乏足够的财政保障而感到忧心忡忡。报告直言不讳地指出一些预测结果“毫无用处”,还有一些预测则是“不切实际的假设”。虽然万锦市府预计体育馆项目可以拉动国内生产总值(GDP)增长$3900万元,但是按照Humphreys教授的估算,该项目对GDP毫无助益。此外,报告还指出市府对观众人数和门票销售收入的预测“太过激进”并且“过于盲目自信”。

There were numerous concerns about too much financial risk and inadequate financial protection for Markham, both short term and long term. Some forecasts were described as "not useful" while others made "unrealistic assumptions". While Markham estimated that the project caused $39 million increase on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Professor Humphreys’ assessment was that it had zero impact. Furthermore, projections for attendance and ticket sales were described as “too aggressive” and “overly ambitious”. 

 
据Humphreys教授称,其报告公开内容显然是经过“精挑细选”。但我们始终坚定地认为万锦居民以及企业理应获知全部真相,而不仅仅只是某些市议员以及其他人希望我们知晓的部分真相。这个项目从一开始就遭到许多市议员,以及其他许多万锦居民的反对,我们认为万锦市府片面处理这一高风险项目对公众极为不公。
 
Professor Humphreys himself said his reports had been "cherry picked". It is our firm belief that Markham residents and businesses deserved to hear the whole truth, not just that part of the truth some on Council and others wanted us to hear.  We feel the public was very poorly served by Markham’s one-sided approach to this very risky project, a project which we, many of our members, and many other Markham residents opposed from the beginning.


下一次,我们将继续向公众披露(当初)富有争议且/或无从得知,现在已随着相关报告公开而大白于天下的细节信息。

Next time, we will provide details on the controversial and/or unavailable information to the public (at that time), as revealed by these released reports now.
 
 
 

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