Feds spent $25K on Olympic photographer

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER - The federal government spent $25,200 to hire a photographer to shoot cabinet ministers during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Canadian Heritage ministry spokesman Len Westerberg said Ron Joyce Photography of Vancouver was selected from four companies that received a request for proposals.

“For events of national and historical significance, it is standard practice to hire a photographer to document such major events,” Westerberg said.

Westerberg said duties included photographing parties and ceremonies attended by cabinet ministers and events at the Canada Pavilion. The contract was awarded Feb. 9 and expired March 21, the closing day of the Paralympics.

Dave Roels Photography, Michael Ford Photography and Coast Mountain Photography were the other three companies asked to bid. Westerberg said three responded.

“The selection was based on mandatory requirements and lowest daily rate,” Westerberg said.

FD Element, a company allied with City of Vancouver ruling party Vision Vancouver, got a $50,000 no-bid contract to produce videos on Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Olympic activities. British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell has a staff videographer.

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