Sham dam? What to call the G20 fake lake


Today's daily dose of G20 outrage brings a little (much welcome) mirth.

For those who haven't heard, a $1.9 million fake lake is in the works for the G20 media centre. The ersatz pond will be decorated with bogus canoes and lawn chairs, and will serve as a way for summit reporters to get a taste of Ontario's Muskoka region. Although hundreds of reporters are expected to cover the summits, fewer than 200 will be accommodated in Huntsville.

In response to the announcement of the new lake, the Council of Canadians has submitted a request to the Geographical Names Board of Canada to name the indoor lake "Harper's Folly."

"This lake must have an appropriate name and who better to name it after than Prime Minister Stephen Harper who approved of this expenditure as well as another $1.1 Billion to be spent on three days of G20 meetings," they write. "We believe the word "Folly" is self explanatory."

"Harper's Folly" is pretty good. I also like "Capital Drain," "The Drip," and "Frivolake." Suggestions welcome.


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