"The Olympic Games, once considered the pinnacle of athleticism and fair play, have become a cesspool of greed, backroom deals and the wholesale trampling of civil liberties. In Vancouver, preparations for the 2010 Games have had a substantial negative impact on the environment and have resulted in the 'economic cleansing' of the poor and homeless.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Tue, 23/12/2008 - 20:37.
"There's a direct link between elite success and participation in sport”
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 19/08/2012 - 18:12.
by Jeff Davis, a librarian living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, the RCMP stepped up its surveillance of the radical left in Vancouver. After all, they knew a bunch of activists and anti-capitalists were organizing to oppose the Games, and when you’re throwing a multi-billion-dollar party, it looks bad when people start drawing attention to inconvenient truths like the criminalization of poverty, the erosion of civil liberties, corporate profiteering, and massive public debt.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 25/01/2012 - 20:42.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 06/10/2011 - 01:38.
There'd've been more than a little hype about the 2010 Winter Olympics contributing to maintaining Vancouver's hallowed status not just as a 'world class city' but as the world's most 'liveable'? Whilst there's no specific mention of any Olympics effect, it's been downgraded according to The Economist.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 02/09/2011 - 14:42.
The second summer followng the Winter Olympics of 2010 has shown a fall in overnight stays in Vancouver. Instead of a legacy from the Olympics tourism has depended on the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 25/08/2011 - 07:50.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Thu, 31/03/2011 - 09:57.
Bizarrely, after the fuss about the use of French at London 2012 it transpires that bilingual Canada refused, or at least failed, to include sufficient French in Vancouver's opening ceremony. So says the language commissioner, Graham Fraser.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 15/12/2010 - 23:26.