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Contemporary did not have a proper license to operate in Ontario. And they have charged the company with three counts of offering to provide security services while not licensed, one count of employing an unlicensed security guard, two counts of failing to ensure that security guard wears proper uniform and other offenses.
Some in Ontario's private security guard industry question whether the presence of Terry Smith played any role in the RCMP awarding the contract. Smith joined Aeroguard in Dec. 2009 — a partner company of CSC. Before that he had been chief coroner in British Columbia and had spent 35 years in the RCMP, rising to the position of officer in charge of the Surrey Detachment.
The RCMP has told CBC News they selected CSC over the other bids because of its experience and specialized skills at large events. The RCMP disqualified Garda from the bidding saying their x-ray machines were not up to the job, even though Garda is qualified and contracted to run airport screening at many Canadian airports. The RCMP also disqualified G4S by saying they had unsatisfactory references, even though the company won contracts and did work at previous international summits in both London and Pittsburgh.
If they were to share the $20 million equally, it would work out to almost $25,000 per guard. Not bad work if you can get it. But should they have got it? At approximately $25 an hour that would mean a guard would have worked 1,000 hours that weekend. But sources say the highest paid security officers received no more than $2,500 which leaves some $19-million remaining to spread around.
They have been ordered to appear in Provincial Offenses Court in Ottawa on April 29.
CSC and its partner company Aeroguard both worked on the G8 and G20 contracts and won the $87-million contract to do private security at the Vancouver Olympic Games, despite the fact CSC — an American company — did not exist in Canada until just before the Olympics.
There are 20-million reasons why there should also be a full public accounting of where every dollar of this taxpayer money went and just who's bank accounts it's sitting in?