“You’re still the one…” Or not. Shania Twain Centre will be demolished and turned into mining pit after losing $10M
TIMMINS, Ont. — A tourist attraction celebrating country-pop singer Shania Twain has officially become a $10-million money pit of taxpayer dollars.
The Shania Twain Centre in this northern Ontario community permanently closes its doors today, barely a dozen years after its grand opening, and will be demolished to become part of an open-pit gold mine.
A sinkhole of taxpayer money, the centre consumed some $10 million in government funds for its construction in 2000-2001, and racked up more than $1 million in operating deficits in the years since.
Twain, now 47, grew up poor in Timmins, and got her fledgling start singing in local bars before striking it rich on the world stage in 1995. (J.P. Moczulski/CP files; AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)