Security forces to blame for delayed G8 compensation
Difficulty prying information out of security officials is responsible for delays in processing compensation claims for businesses affected by last year’s G8 and G20 summits, say Foreign Affairs officials. Pierre Florea, spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Department, said officials had to work with police to identify the perimeters and the areas outside it that were affected by the summits.
Delays in identifying the area involved prompted officials to delay the deadline for applying for compensation to November from September.
“The assessment process by Audit Services Canada involved a series of lengthy and complex consultations with the security authorities,” said Florea.
“The delay in obtaining the information from the security authorities also impacted on the time frame of the assessment process.”
“Considering the different levels of complexity and the location of the 367 claimants’ places of business as well as the chronology of events during the G20 Summit, this situation required multiple and distinct consultations with the appropriate security authorities in order to provide the claimants with a fair and equitable assessment process,” said Florea.