There is an interesting article published by CBC today regarding the soaring cost of putting on street festivals such as Commercial Drive’s Italian Day (June 10) and the various Car Free Days across Vancouver (July). Most of the increase in costs comes from charges for sanitation/clean up and security/policing costs.
Brunella Gaudio of Italian Day said waste management costs doubled this alone. The society estimates the festival will cost about $50,000 over their budget this year. Car Free Day has found security cost increases to be the most pressing expenditure.
I’m sure the city could go a long way to assisting with both these expenditures, or at least explain why the costs have escalated so far above wage increases for the workers involved, for example.