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Currently known as the "KROCK Centre"
Formerly the "Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre" or KRSEC
Formerly the "Large Venue Entertainment Centre" or LVEC
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CKWS-TV November 19 2007

LVEC Fundraising Project

Nov, 19 2007 - 7:10 PM

WHILE CONSTRUCTION IS MOTORING RIGHT ALONG ON THE DOWNTOWN KINGSTON SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE -- THE SAME CAN'T BE SAID FOR THE COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN.

IN THE LATEST REPORT TO COUNCIL, STAFF HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT THE 2-MILLION DOLLAR TARGET MAY "NOT" BE REACHED BEFORE THE CENTRE OPENS IN FEBRUARY.

TO DATE, THE CITY HAS RAISED 650-THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE FUNDRAISING GOAL.

STAFF ARE NOW LOOKING AT A CONTINGENCY PLAN IN CASE THE CAMPAIGN COMES UP SHORT.

KINGSTON'S DEPUTY MAYOR SAYS IT'S TIME FOR ARENA SUPPORTERS TO STOP TALKING, AND START PAYING FOR THE BUILDING... ADDING TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BAIL OUT THE PROJECT..JOYCE MACLEOD KANE:1

"BUT ARE THEY GOING OUT THERE AND ASKING THE PUBLIC FOR THE MONEY. I'M SURE THERE'S LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE GLAD TO GIVE FIVE AND TEN DOLLARS BUT WHY AREN'T THEY GOING OUT THERE COLLECTING THAT."

"TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT BE BURDENED WITH IT. LET THE MAYOR AND THE TASK FORCE WHO WORKED ON THIS PROJECT WIDEN THEIR WALLETS AND START DONATING."