Chris Shaw

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

Delegates ask Canada to protect human rights during Olympics

Laura Robinson, a Toronto-based writer and journalist, "got the Play the Game meeting to endorse what has been termed the Coventry Declaration that decries the recent series of police visits to...

Human rights not on Olympic radar, says BC athlete

Cracks have formed in the Olympic dreams of Canadian Nikki Dryden. As a record-holding swimmer, sport advocate and international lawyer, she wants “to reclaim what it means to be an Olympian.”

On My Way to UK Olympics Conference, Officials Detain Me

Entering the United Kingdom to attend a conference on sports, I was briefly detained by Britain’s Home Office at Heathrow Airport yesterday, allegedly for not possessing a return ticket to Vancouver...

Police Approach Me About Olympics Security

Two men in civilian clothes were beside me before I knew it. One was shortish, muscular, 40ish and had a sort of a mini goatee thing going on under his lower lip. The other, tall, dark receding hair...

More Inconvenient Facts The Govt. Didn't Want You to Know

The RCMP developed a “proactive communications strategy” in 2007 for communicating the true costs of 2010 Olympic security to the public. A document released to this writer under Access to...

Access to Information Merely An Illusion

If you thought you could peer behind the curtain at the pudgy guy pulling the levers and see what your government is up to, think again. You were wrong, you have no such rights. Documents just...

Human Rights Issues Raised and Activists Shut Out

According to an email received by this writer from journalist Manfred Becker, writing about yesterday's University of Toronto conference on Olympic Reform, a keynote address by South Africa IOC...

In Toronto, Activists Protest as Olympic Reform Forum Begins

Student social activists set up picket lines outside a forum at the University of Toronto as a two-day long forum on "Olympic Reform, A Ten Year Review" kicked off today. The conference which...

Hiding the True Costs of 2010 Security

Secret documents obtained by this reporter from the RCMP under an Access to Information request clearly demonstrate that the Mounties knew at least by July 2007 that the original projection of $175...

Insite Battle Intensifies as Opponents Square Off in Court

The federal government launched an appeal today to overturn a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that last year gave Insite, a supervised injection facility for illegal drugs in Vancouver's Downtown...