Welcome to the “Not So Great Lakes”
Blog Guy, I really envy you working journalists. I just saw a picture of the view from the press center at that G20 Summit up in Toronto, and it’s gorgeous! A waterfall and a lake? How do you get any work done?
Well first, I don’t ever get much work done. And second, if you take a look at a wider angle you’ll see that this is just a still photo projected on a big-screen television at the press center. The “lake” is a shallow indoor pool surrounded by canoes and Adirondack chairs.
That’s ridiculous! Just cheap parlor tricks!
No, not cheap. The Canadian government spent nearly $60,000 on it, to help project a good image and get more coverage of Canada.
Will that work? Will there be more coverage?
You bet. Everybody is now doing extra stories about the stupid “fake lake.” Besides, the big television screen will come in handy when they finish some of that Canadian pornography I blogged about recently.
Why don’t they just show the real Canada?
Have you ever been there? The “real Canada” is just a scattered collection of big television screens showing pictures of beautiful scenery, mostly taken in Connecticut.
But you’re actually there covering the story, right?
Put it this way. I’m as close to the Summit as that waterfall is. Oops, it’s noon, time for my poutine break!
Empty Adirondack deck chairs await members of the international media in front of an artificial lake in the G8 / G20 Summit press center in Toronto, June 23, 2010. The lake, criticized by opposition legislators, is supposed to be a copy of those in the picturesque Huntsville region north of the city where leaders are set to meet for the upcoming G8 summit. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that construction of the lake cost C$57,000 of the total of C$2-million spent on an “Enterprise Canada” marketing pavilion within the summit International Media Center. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Television cameramen shoot video of the artificial lake. REUTERS/Jim Bourg