Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw is the author of Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympics Games and a professor at UBC.

Mission in Afghanistan is "doomed" and a "waste," says George Galloway

A capacity crowd of over 1000 people filled St. Andrew's-Wesley church last night as former British M.P George Galloway berated the Canadian government for barring his entry into Canada and...

Eight Billion Dollars Got Canadians High on the Olympics. Was it Money Well Spent?

The costs of the Olympics were absurdly higher than VANOC or any level of government was ready to admit. The final number will come in north of $8 billion. How much north we may never know due to a r

Olympic Nation

I don't much like my country these days, indeed haven't for the last week or so.  Is it simply a case of me being an anti-Olympic no-fun grinch?  Maybe.   Or maybe it’s something else...

In the End, the Olympics Are a Multi-Billion Dollar Bash

When it's all said and done, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is sure to declare the Vancouver Olympics the best Games, as they do for the Games wherever they take place. But much of...

Olympic Battle Rattle: The Rules of Engagement Have Already Been Written

The question is not whether opposing elements will meet in the streets. The question is what happens when they do?

Thanks to the Olympics, Second Class Citizens in our Own City

Here's the final installment of the District of North Vancouver's response to me about why Olympic corporate sponsors could use Distirct property to promote themselves.  Dr. Shaw: Sorry for the...

Signs, Snow, Whistler Bankruptcy, and Other Olympic-Sized Misadventures and Malfunctions

We learned this week that Fortress, the company that acquired Whistler-Blackcomb from a bankrupt Intrawest, is now in default to its creditors. The news sparked speculation that the resort might clos

Medical Research at UBC to Grind to a Virtual Halt During Olympic Games

And what do I think of this? I think it's pathological.

Our Time to Shine?

Some predictions for February's Olympic circus

Winter of Discontent

With the consumer frenzy of the holidays now past and the grey drizzly skies of January above us, many seem to have descended into their own winter of discontent.     In part, the...