Chris Shaw

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

At Burning Man

I've just returned from the annual Burning Man festival in the high desert outside of Gerlach Nevada and the Olympic circus gearing up in Vancouver for a 17-day party could not be more obvious.

Olympic Disaster Waiting to Happen?

A disaster waiting to happen. If something goes badly awry at the Canexus plant in North Vancouver and the wind is blowing my way, my children and I are seven minutes from being dead. Canexus...

My anti-Olympic hunger strike

It's day five of my part of the "2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay" and I'm already cranky as hell. Some might say I'm normally cranky as hell, but even if so, the strike is...

City's True Intentions Toward Protests?

In spite of assurances by city officials and police that Charter rights will be respected in 2010, it could soon be illegal for Olympic protests to occur if Vancouver City Council endorses an...

Yes, Vancouver, this Bud's for you

“Bull…shit.” The expletive lashed out across the City Council chambers last Tuesday morning. The speaker whose comments had provoked the outburst, RCMP Assistant Commissioner and chief honcho of the...

Wrong move

Voting as a block, Vision Vancouver councillors and Mayor Gregor Robertson rejected COPE councillor Ellen Woodsworth's motion that the city adopt the Coventry Declaration today. Woodsworth had...

Wild Earth trains activists to be medics

At the Wild Earth gathering on Vancouver Island this weekend, activists learned from experts on how to help the injured. by Chris Shaw

What Backroom Deal Got us the Olympics?

So Premier Gordon Campbell may have cut a deal with former city councillor Jim Green to gain his support for Vancouver’s 2010 bid, a recent interview with a Huffpo writer and Mr. Green reveals. That'...

Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove?

A dozen members and supporters of the Olympic Resistance Network (ORN) told Vancouver’s 2010 Integrated Security Unit (ISU) to back off and stop harassing anti-Olympic and Native...

Olympic resistance goes global

In a first for anti-Olympic protest, activists from four cities have linked up to fight the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at a global level. Members of anti-Olympic groups in...