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TCL CEO agrees management deal with HRM needs updating Metro Centre. AG says 1982 deal doesn’t pass muster for modern governance ALEX BOUTILIER

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Trade Centre Ltd. CEO Scott Ferguson agrees that the Crown corporation’s management deal for the city-owned Metro Centre is in need of updating. In a report released Wednesday, municipal auditor general Larry Munroe found the 1982 agreement basically just said the Metro Centre will be managed by TCL. “This becomes a key issue,” Munroe told the municipality’s audit and finance committee Wednesday morning. “The management agreement that was signed was not very substantial, to be frank. It was three or four lines … to have the Trade Centre manage, on behalf of HRM, the Metro Centre.” The ambiguity with regard to roles and responsibilities was a contributing factor to the takeover of Ticket Atlantic by TCL. That takeover, in turn,

contributed to the concert cash scandal, where hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money was fronted to promoter Harold MacKay. Ferguson, reached Wednesday afternoon, said the two levels of government are already working on a new agreement. “We welcome a new Scott Ferguson agreement. I METRO FILE think a new agreement with greater clarity on accountabilities and reports would be beneficial to both of us,” Ferguson said. As for the takeover of Ticket Atlantic in 2006, Ferguson said he’s confident TCL has “operated in the best of interests for HRM.” When asked if he was confident the move, undertaken without approval by Halifax regional council, was legal, Ferguson said: “I don’t feel that we have done anything illegal or misleading.” “We have a stellar record by way of the events that we’ve attracted, so absolutely not. I think that we’ve gone well above and beyond,” said Ferguson.

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Auditor general Larry Munroe delivers his report on the concert-cash scandal in Dartmouth Wednesday. JEFF HARPER/FOR METRO ‘Significant work’ to be done

Municipal staff commit to all of Munroe’s recommendations Municipal staff will now begin work on almost 30 recommendations from auditor general Larry Munroe concerning the takeover of Ticket Atlantic and the relationship between HRM and Trade Centre Ltd. HRM’s chief administrative

officer Richard Butts said his staff will begin working on a plan to implement Munroe’s 28 recommendations. He will then report back to the municipality’s audit and finance committee in three months. “The auditor recommends about five or six different reviews to go on,” Butts told reporters Wednesday. “One (report) about the operations of the Metro Centre, one about the financial

reporting, and one about the ticketing operation and the transfer. So that’s significant work we need to do.” Butts said the municipality may need to contract outside help to accomplish those reviews. He said staff will compare the Metro Centre’s operations — the facility is owned by HRM and operated by the provincial Crown corporation TCL — to other facilities around the country.

Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law is back in the news after an elderly man brazenly shot and wounded two people during an attempted robbery at an Internet café. Go to metronews.ca to watch the shocking video.

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Two men arrested in Ontario in Ryan White homicide case Two men were arrested in Hamilton, Ont., Wednesday afternoon in connection to the slaying of a 21-year-old man in Halifax in 2010. Ryan Matthew White was shot in the chest on July 22, 2010, in the 100 block of Jarvis Lane in Mulgrave Park. Almost exactly two years later, major crime investigators working with the Hamilton Police Service arrested two men, aged 23 and 24, formerly of Halifax and Dartmouth. As

of press time, police have not announced any charges being laid. “We don’t know right now because they have just literally been placed under arrest,” said Const. Holly Smith, spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Police, on Wednesday afternoon. The investigation heated up recently when new information led police to search nearby Fort Needham Park on June 29. Smith wouldn’t say if any new evidence was seized by police.

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• According to his obituary, Ryan Matthew White was a graduate of the Second Chance Program and the father of three daughters. He was known to police.

But she did say it got the ball rolling and more information came in especially after White’s case was added to the prov-

ince’s reward program for unsolved crimes on July 6. “Those types of Ryan Matthew developWhite CONTRIBUTED ments led us to the Hamilton area and allowed us the opportunity to arrest these two persons and have them in custody currently

for questioning.” In 2010, police said they believed the shooting wasn’t random and may be related to a dispute. Smith said whether or not it was connected to drugs will be a part of the investigation. “There’s nothing to lead us to that conclusion at this point,” she said. But investigators believe there is still a wealth of information out there about his homicide. JENNIFER TAPLIN/METRO

A zoo in Ukraine is now home to a group of white lion cubs that can only be described as heart-meltingly cute. Scan the code to see photos of these cuddly predators eagerly awaiting feeding time.

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