Chris Shaw

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

Civil Rights Advocates in Vancouver Score Three Big Victories This Week

Anti-Olympic organizers in Vancouver scored a hat trick over the last seven days, beginning with a declaration from the “Security Games” forum issued after last weekend’s meeting at the Simon Fraser...

Who Are the Real Olympic Disrupters?

Much has been made in the mainstream media (i.e., the large scale commercial media) about the “disgraceful” disruption of the opening of the 2010 Olympic torch relay by a motley collage of anarchist...

Olympics Torch Spin Attempts to Override Historical Fact

Canadians paid a terrible price in blood and treasure to drive the Nazi war machine out of Western Europe.  Yet less than 65 years after the war a prime symbol of Hitler’s regime is being hailed...

On Violence in 2010

The prospects for Olympics violence has been in the news of late, in part prompted by comments made to the CBC by Gord Hill, a well-known anti-Olympic activist.  The story, in turn, triggered a...

Heed Takes Boot in the Bottom for Mercer, VANOC Becomes ORN's Best Ally, More Joe and Sally Citizens Join "I Hate the Olympics" Camp

One can imagine the sequence of events that followed after two NDP MLAs rose in Question Period and put the boots to Kash Heed, the hapless Solicitor General.  Heed, blindsided and clearly...

Olympics Lame Excuse to Erode Basic Canadian Freedoms

In the opinion of the author, a sport event just doesn't merit giving up hard-won rights.

Don't Try to Con a Con Man

The IOC is, above all, a business, and a really successful one at that.

Civics Lesson, Part 2

One thing that distinguishes native-born Canadians from those of the naturalized variety is the matter of choice: Immigrants, and I am one, chose to be here, to accept this country as home, and to...

VANOC's Latest Assault on the Charter

According to documents obtained by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (VANOC) is putting together some twenty observer teams whose...