Editorial: Juno bid shouldn’t be difficult decision

You have to wonder if the attempt to bring the Juno Awards to Victoria would be easier if our city wasn’t split into 13 jurisdictions.

You have to wonder if the ongoing attempt to bring the Juno Awards to Greater Victoria in 2014 would have a better chance of success if our city wasn’t split into 13 separate jurisdictions.

The committee behind the Juno pitch is making the rounds at regional council meetings, trying to drum up $450,000 in pledges from local governments by Monday.

The pitch is pretty simple and should be easy enough for individual councils to decide to support. Essentially what it boils down to is organizers asking for $1 for every citizen living in the region outside of the City of Victoria (residents there will pay $2.50 per head).

Unfortunately, in an example of too many cooks potentially spoiling the broth, the simple concept is being “tweaked” by councils that want to add their own twist before supporting the bid.

For the most part, it seems, the region’s cities, towns and districts think hosting the musical showcase is a good idea. Saanich has agreed to cough up $100,000 – about $10,000 less than it should, based on population – if Greater Victoria is chosen to host the awards.

Esquimalt has stepped up and will chip in slightly more than the funding formula suggests.

On the West Shore, Colwood has promised to meet the funding formula but other municipalities have retained their right to make up their minds later, even if later is too late. To match the “$1 per capita” needed, the West Shore would have to pony up about $61,000 total.

The Capital Region Music Awards Society is also close to securing $1.5 million from the province, which has apparently said it’s willing to play along if the municipalities come up with their share.

It really shouldn’t be this hard. If you don’t support the bid, say so. But if you’re agreeable then get onboard and ante up.

And that should be a given, considering the Junos had an estimated economic benefit of $12.8 million and created 262 full-time jobs when the awards were held in St. John’s, Nfld. in 2010. Sure, the actual awards show will be televised from Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

But the week-long festivities leading up to the shows would be spread around the Capital District and be a boon to local acts.

Besides, the entire region benefits from the quality and quantity of hotels and attractions available to us in the region’s downtown.

We’re told Winnipeg and Calgary may also be submitting bids and, if they support a bid, it’s unlikely to be nickel-and-dimed as it has been in Greater Victoria.

Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read