Pubic Hair and Ladybugs

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has announced the winners of the 6th Annual Teddy Awards.

Ottawa: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) held its sixth annual Teddies Waste Awards Ceremony to honour the best of the worst in government spending at a black tie news conference today on Parliament Hill. CTF Federal Director, John Williamson, acted as master of ceremonies.

The expected spending scandals are listed, of course. But there are some lesser known gems.

Worst Use of Props — Pizza 9-1-1: The Ontario city of Kawartha Lakes’ fire department has offered to deliver pizzas to residents as part of a fire safety promotion campaign. If Kawartha residents own a working smoke alarm the pizza will be free.

It reportedly didn’t take long before residents realized that there was no limit set on the number of “smoke detector inspections” you could order to your door.

Manitoba Arts Council put up $5,000 to fund Aliza Amihude’s jewelry made with her toenails, pubic hair, mouse droppings and dead ladybugs. We are told one necklace sold for $360. No word yet if the “art” proceeds will be repaid to the Arts Council or dedicated to psychologist bills.

The complete list of award winners can be found at the organization’s website.