Chris Shaw

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

Closing Arguments Heard in VANOC VS. Women's Ski Jump Case

Plaintiffs and defendants hold media scrums outside court as womens’ ski jump suit awaits decision by Chris Shaw

Olympics Security Cost To Taxpayers Per Minute...

$900 million for 2010 security is the official price tag. Staying with this figure, we can begin to put the costs to you and me into a more immediate context by considering how much securing the...

VANOC vs. Women's Ski Jump Team Trial Continues

VANOC’s legal team argued in court Wednesday that women ski jumpers should not have the same right to practice their sport as their male colleagues at the 2010 winter games. As on Monday, the first...

BC Provincial Election Breakdown

Thirty-two registered political parties will contest the May 12th provincial elections to elect 85 members of the new provincial Legislative Assembly. According to an Angus Reid poll conducted from...

Foreign and Local Journalists Swarm VANOC Hearings

Court Room 30 of Vancouver's B.C. Supreme Court was standing room only. Reporters outside the court room openly ridiculed VANOC CEO John Furlong's assertion that disobeying the IOC might mean...

Chicago's Anti-Olympics Faction Looks to Vancouver

Hundreds of demonstrators of all ages and races gathered in Chicago this weekend to protest a visit by the IOC's Technical Team. Police estimated that over 200 people gathered in the city's...

51 Days of Very Large Traffic Challenges

Look at any map of the planned traffic restrictions during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games on the City of Vancouver’s website and you’ll see a number of roads that will be closed completely because of...

Identity Checks? Here?

Last Thursday, the head of the Vancouver Integrated Security Unit (VISU) for the 2010 Olympics, Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer, and a senior member of the Vancouver Police Department (...

Shaw Blog: Olympic Security Officials Meet DTES Residents

Last night at the Strathcona Community Centre in the DTES, Pivot Legal Society hosted a two hour meeting between community members and representatives of the Vancouver Police Department and the...

The Athletes’ Village Meltdown: What We Know, What We Don’t

In November of 2002 with Vancouver’s Olympic bid gathering steam and a municipal election looming just two days later, the NPA-led city government signed an agreement with the Vancouver-Whistler 2010...