Wed, Feb 08, 2012
Opinions Vary On Whether Show Can Continue
The Credit Union Centre, a sports complex owned by the city of
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has fired its manager, Brian Swidrovich,
over questions about the use of city funds to woo business
development. But Swidrovich has also been the point man for what
today is known as the Cameco Canada Remembers Air Show. Not
everyone is confident the show can continue without his
The issue in the firing was a trip to Phoenix made by
Swidrovich; William Antonishyn, another senior manager; and three
clients to pursue sponsorship opportunities, and the possibility of
getting a CFL team for the city. City officials charge the $7,000
spent on flights, golf and meals are unrelated to any business of
the city or Credit Union Centre. Swidrovich and Antonishyn have
filed suit over their firing, claiming the trip was consistent with
Regarding the airshow, Jim McKinny, a Korean War vet whose been
involved with the show since it started in the mid-1990s, tells the
StarPhoenix, "It will be the end of the air show, I'm sure of that.
I know what's involved and don't know anybody else that would put
that time and dedication into it."
John Cudahy of the International Council of Air Shows, says the
show could go on, but it won't be easy. "It is especially difficult
to do in short order and with people who have not been involved in
the process before. It will be more difficult without Brian than it
would have been with Brian. I hope the people in Saskatoon rally
behind the show and keep it the excellent entertainment event that
it has always been."
Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison is also a member of the centre's
board, and seems to feel others can simply pick up the notes from
past events and go forward. He tells StarPhoenix, "The information
that is there from before could be used. It's a question of
believing whether it's a viable program for the future for us."
The CUC board is expected to decide on the 2012 event by April.
The show is normally held in August.
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