Public Gets Crack at Games Assets
Prince George, B.C. – The public’s lone opportunity to pick up items used during the Canada Winter Games occurred Saturday, but many who showed an interest left unimpressed and empty-handed.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society invited the public to its 8-hour asset sale with furniture, office supplies, fans, lamps, clothing and many other items available for purchase at set prices. Money generated by the sale goes to cover some of the expenditures of the games.
People gathered outside the Ottawa Street entrance to what was once known as the 4th Avenue Public Works yard well before the 10 a.m. opening. Once admitted to the site the first thing they came across at the entrance to the warehouse was a sign notifying them that there were none of the many television sets which were purchased for the games available to be bought at the asset sale.
A check of another warehouse in the yard revealed several tv’s all boxed up and sitting on pallets. 250 News was told by a person on hand that these TV sets had been pre-sold and that their owners had until Saturday to pick them up. The person did not know what was to happen to sets which were not picked up and also did not know to whom the sets were sold or how they received preference over the public.
The warehouse also contained numerous articles made of wood for the games, things like flag stands and information boards, which were to be dismantled and the wood re-used. There were large desks, cauldrons, the metal red flames that set the backdrop for the torch at the civic centre plaza and many other items in the warehouse.
It’s not known how much money was generated by Saturday’s asset sale but judging by the many who left with nothing and by the comments of some, “No deals there”, “what a bunch of crap”, and “ridiculous, get people hyped to come out and then gouge them”, folks weren’t too impressed with the pickins.