Calgary wins award for wasteful spending on art piece about waste

The City of Calgary wins an award for wasteful spending for its role funding an art piece ... on waste water.

'Poop palace' considered the best example of city government spending tax dollars on wasteful projects

The Forest Lawn Lift Station sits adjacent to the intersection of 19th Ave. and 26th St. S.E. and has just been awarded a Teddy for wasteful spending. (City of Calgary)

Calgary is accustomed to national attention, but this latest case may leave Calgarians feeling blue.

The city has been awarded a Teddy for its "poop palace" art installation, which features lighting embedded in the Forest Lawn Lift Station. The lights change colour to depict the rate the station is pumping waste water.

It garnered its nickname by residents frustrated with the concept, and the additional $246,000 spent by the city.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has been hosting the Teddy Waste Awards for the past 18 years, with Calgary taking home this year's prize for wasteful spending on the municipal government level.

The pig-shaped award is named after Ted Weatherill, a federal figure known for expenses deemed odd or wasteful. 

"Opposing government waste is serious work, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun highlighting some of the most ridiculous examples," said CTF federal director Aaron Wudrick.

The federal Teddy has been handed to the Trudeau government for attending the Paris delegation on climate change and sending 285 people to the event — the total cost has not yet been defined.

Prince Edward Island's Department of Tourism and Culture wins for missing a raunchy photo printed on the cover of their 2015 tourism guide with a man who appears to have an erection.

And Montreal-based Bombardier wins the lifetime achievement award for receiving billions of public dollars since the 1960s. The aerospace and transportation company has asked for additional support from the federal government.

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