A $1.9-million fake lake for the G20 summit - we were so wrong.
Rather, the $1.9-million is, in bureaucrat-speak, "a turn-key project to showcase Canadian business investment opportunities and tourism locations," according to the Summits Management Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
The pavilion is referred to as an "alley," and the total price tag for the alley is $1.9-million.
There may be a lake, a dock, some fake rocks, loon sounds and canoes, but it is much more, says the Summits Management Office, which sent out an e-mail late this morning to correct our early reportage on what is now being dubbed Fake Lake.
They say is it not just a lake, it's an "Experience Canada Alley" with three areas: The Northern Oasis, the Bridge and the City Scape. It is being housed at the International Media Centre in Toronto; most of the thousands of media expected will not get to Huntsville to see what a Muskoka lake looks like, although they will be close to Lake Ontario.
The alley, however, will give journalists the idea of a lake and Canadian nature.
"Madam, Pls note that your reporting on the 'Experience Canada' Alley is incorrect. The budget for the entire alley is $1.9 million."
According to the government, this alley is an "interactive and powerful exhibit that will showcase Canadian investment opportunities and local points of interest. It will provide media with compelling stories, images and ideas that could form the basis of published and broadcast works." Pictures of the great outdoors, but no real great outdoors.
The $1.9-million includes the cost of paying for the people who thought this up and developing the design. It also includes "recruitment and the up-fitting of the venue; the installation of the exhibit; the management of the event; and the dismantling of the Summits," according to the government.
We stand corrected. It is more than a lake.