Olympics

The Cultural Olympiad

Cultural Olympiad continues during the Paralympic Games with daring dance, thoughtful theatre and awesome art.
Raphael Saadiq dishes about his youth, music and video games.
Winnipeg curator provokes a closer look at the environmental, social costs of our collective appetite.
Art competition inspired by the Olympic Games heats up.
Art and anatomy intertwine at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Visceral Bodies exhibit.
Otherworldly art installation Tracing Night takes audiences on an eerie journey.
Society’s fascination with terrorism and violence takes centre stage in Don Ritter’s Vested.
Citywide art project challenges perceptions of public property.
In Ikons, two master artists collaborate on a high-tech, and very west-coast, sculpture and music experience.
Virtuouso Iraqi oud player joins renowned Iranian tar player in this celebration of Middle Eastern culture.
Painstaking recreation of a Belfast pub breaks the fourth wall with scripted dialogue, real bartenders.
Newfoundland indie band rockets to success with egos in check.
Fredericton-born soprano takes on Mahler masterpiece with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Spain’s dance darling brings her landmark Flamenco Republic to Vancouver
Singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith reflects on icon’s influence and legacy before blockbuster tribute concert.
Dance Marathon gives a depression-era pastime another artful spin.
Canadian electronic sensations take techno music on a cross-country collaborative voyage.
Ready for Sochi 2014? Russia’s celebrated viola virtuoso and prima ballerina give audiences a sneak peek
Eclectic art pioneer reflects on the creative process and Delusion, her new multifaceted creation.

Olympic Round Up

After a heartbreaking loss to the US, Canada's Olympic soccer team captures the bronze medal: it's a special triumph for Christine Sinclair from Burnaby, BC.
At the London 2012 Olympics, Canadian athletes --many of them from British Columbia -- continue to make Canada proud. Canada's Olympic women rowing team took silver today. Victoria native Malcolm...
Olympic mascots are meant to represent the cultural heritage of the host city. It's to embody the virtues of the games, and to characterize the event. They are the spokespeople of the world's largest...
The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is launching a Facebook contest to take the "ultimate super fan" to the Olympic Games in London.
Were the Olympics worth it for Vancouver?  The morning-after effects of the 17-day events have funneled our city into a blend of anxiety about the legacy of Vancouver 2010, hope for a tourism...
Canada adds two more medals to its count and find out what has been the hottest attraction at the games thus far.
Commuter update: SkyTrain expanded for Olympic rush, while Canada Line can't cope The Good News: Trains for both the Expo and Millennium Lines will run every minute and 50 seconds instead of every...
Until I checked out the Vectorial Elevation website, I didn't realize that participation is a part of the art.
Here's what making headlines: Canada's Olympic pavilion big tent called 'rinky dink' and 'embarrassing' Labeled as an "embarrassment" to the country and a "rinky-dink" effort by the 2010 host country...
In Today's Roundup: 這是今天的冬奧新聞 VANOC confirms team effort paying off to ready Cypress Mountain for 2010 Olympic Winter Games: To account for snow melt and the warm weather VANOC and Cypress...
Today's Olympic summary: 這是今天的奧運新聞 DEVO to perform during February 22 Whistler Victory Ceremony at 2010 Winter Games: Taking place at Whistler's outdoor amphitheatre, a celebration of great...
This is today's Olympic Roundup: 這是今天的奧運新聞 A look inside "top secret" Vancouver Olympic security command center: Its No.5 Road venue in Richmond displays a very distinguished building...
This is today's Olympic Roundup: 這是今天的奧運新聞  Skeleton, Bobsleigh and Luge: Anglos sliding into Vancouver:  U.S. men’s skeleton in the running for Vancouver is Zach Lund, 2007 World...
Here is what's wrapping up in today's Olympic Roundup: 這是今天的奧運會新聞 Doping: Rogge vows to root out Vancouver dope cheats: IOC Chief will make sure that the Games are dope-free and will act on...
Here is what's wrapping up in today's Olympic Roundup: 這是今天的奧運會新聞 TravelSmart 2010 Update: Start planning to leave vehicles behind for 2010 Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies:...
Here's today's Olympic Roundup: 這是今天的奧運會新聞 Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce initiative to bring Olympic Spirit to Canada's Far North: The 20 Olympic Spirit Boxes decorated with blue and green colors...
Here is what is making headlines: Five UBC Frat Houses to Rent Students' Rooms Over Games More than 200 students at the University of B.C. are being forced out of their rooms as five fraternities...
Here is our collection of Olympic Roundups for the following dates: Dec.16: Official Vancouver 2010 apparel a hit with Canadians and Olympic fans the world over The clearly red distinguishable $10...
Here are today's Olympic headlines: Terry Fox Award to Recognize Courageous Olympic Athlete A new award in the name of Terry Fox has been created to honour the Olympic athlete from any country who...
Here's what is making Olympic headlines today: U.S. Olympic Team Clothing Unveiled (Video Link) The U.S. reveals their Olympic Team clothing. Designed by Ralph Lauren, the lines features bold red...
VANOC Names Eight Honorary Mayors for Olympic and Paralympic Villages at 2010 Winter Games Today VANOC named eight individuals who will be honourary mayors as volunteers of the athlete villages...
Here are the latest Olympic headlines as reported elsewhere: Olympic flame braving rain, wind in Quebec City Not even rain could dampen their spirits. In Quebec City, more than 600 soldiers at CFB...
Here is today's Olympic Roundup: St-Pierre spectacular, but Canada loses to midget AAA team: From the women's hockey team, St. Pierre of Châteauguay, Quebec made 47 saves but it wasn't enough ending...
Ski Jumpers Appeal to Supreme Court of Canada: Since the International Olympic Committee voted against including women's ski jumping in the games, a group of 13 female ski jumpers has appealed to...
Here are the top stories for today's Olympic Roundup: Kucera to Start Rehab ASAP, Eyes Post-Olympics: Despite this Calgary native's fractures on his left leg, skiing's world downhill champion John...
Here is today's Olympic Roundup: Pechstein Looks to Clear Name in Germany: The 37-year old long track speed skater feels disgraced after a 2 year suspension over anomalies in her biological passport...
Here's what’s making Olympic headlines today: 這是今天的奥运会新聞 CAS: Pechstein doping ban stands: Berlin long track speedskater Claudia Pechstein is forbidden to compete in her 6th straight Winter Olympics...
Norwegian Speed Skating Coach Fired Over Comment The Norwegian national speed skating team lost its coach on Monday after skater Maren Haugli complained to the Norweigian speed skating federation...
See what is making Olympic headlines: North Vancouver Man Wins First Ticket GiveawayPatrick Johnson, of North Vancouver, became the first winner in CTV's Olympic ticket giveaway.  The prize: a...
Hockey star Sidney Crosby to carry Olympic torch in downtown Halifax Crosby, born in Cole Harbour, N.S., is one of 12,000 torchbearers who will carry the 2010 flame across Canada as part of...
Here is the latest on today’s Olympic Roundup:   BC Supreme Court made decision regarding 2010 Women’s ski jumping: VANOC is not in breach of Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and...
Here's what's been making Olympics headlines: Myth of Green Olympics Forum at UBC Monday Nov.16: Member of No One is Illegal and the Olympic Resistance Network as well as an indigenous activist...
The latest Olympic news links to our favourite headlines: Canada's Olympians tight for time to get H1N1 shotRead More Colbert's attack on Olympic ice access brushed off Read More Watch Video Foster...
Love 'em or hate 'em, here they come. Our Olympics.
Here's what's been making Olympic headlines today: Facts about the Olympic Games: Olympics by the Numbers.  Police Push Prostitutes Out of Vancouver's Downtown: 1000 block of Seymour Street...
Day 7 of the Olympic Torch relay will see the flame travel north out of BC, visiting the communities of Dettah, Ndilo, Yellowknife, and Kugluktuk.
Rock it, Vancouver: Olympic zip line planned for Downtown Vancouver: Read More Comedian Stephen Colbert to back U.S. Olympic speedskating team: Read More Olympic Rings Light Up in Coal Harbour:...

Olympics Updates for Locals Only

I was fortunate enough yesterday to attend the dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies and thought that I would pass on a few tips on entering BC Place for those who are planning to attend either...
Richmond - The city of Richmond is converting a huge area stretching from City Hall to Minorou Park into a giant outdoor mall called the O Zone.  The area is only a few blocks from the new...
Streetcar back in Business - Today (January 21st) marks the official first day of operations for Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar.  Called the Olympic Line, the service will be free transit...
Noise Hours Extended – The City has temporarily extended its daytime noise hours to be 7am to midnight on weekdays and 8am to midnight on weekends.  This change is in effect from January 1st to...
Do we really need the Practice? - To prepare for the travel restrictions from February 12 to March 1, drivers who frequently travel in downtown Vancouver are encouraged to start ‘practicing’ their...
Olympic Ticket Buy, Sell and Auction – The Fan-to-Fan Marketplace is now live on www.vancouver2010.com and enables ticket holders to sign into their existing Vancouver 2010 ticketing account and...
On December 11th John Furlong announced the creation of a new award, The Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award, at an event on Ottawa with the Fox family.  “This award will be presented to an athlete...
Starting this Friday, December 11 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time), there will be two new ways to experience the 2010 Winter Games: 1) Figure Skating Training Sessions Watch the world's best figure...
Street Closures Announced – Security based road closures will begin as early as January 15th to protect the safety of athletes, officials and the public.  Those who live and work on these...
With so much information to get across this week’s post is a collection of news, spectator information and interesting facts about the 2010 Olympic Games period… 1.  If you are attending an...
Travel Smart - The City of Vancouver has launched www.travelsmart2010.ca to provide information all kinds of travel information including increases to public transit, road closures and travel in the...
Now that phase three of ticket sales for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games has come to an end and there are likely not many more seats to sporting events to be had it is time to change your focus...
Renting? – An information session for both landlords and tenants will be held on November 18th at 6:00 pm at UBC Robson Square in room C150/180.  Responsibilities leading up to and including...
With only 100 days to go the rings are lit, the Village is handed over, the torch continues by dogsled and more tickets will go on sale. Victory Ceremony Tickets - The third and final phase of...
The Flame Arrives – The Olympic Flame arrives in Canada today (Thursday, October 29th) and will begin its 45,000 kilometer journey across Canada on Friday, October 30th in Victoria. Since Victoria...
Lighting of the Olympic Flame - The longest domestic Torch Relay in history actually begins in Greece today (Thursday, October 22nd) with a traditional ritual lighting ceremony in Olympia. ...
Olympic updates for Oct. 15th, 2009. The medals were unveiled today for the Olympic as well as Paralympic games. Each medal given out will be one-of-a-kind.
Olympic updates for Oct. 5th, 2009. Billboards to go up by our bridges, Fun exhibits happening at Granville Island, and the Olympic Rings to stay out at Sea.
Events - Don’t miss this week’s LiveCity Vancouver open houses Thursday Sept 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, Sept 26th from 10:00 am until noon both at the Roundhouse Community Center...
LiveCity plans and Red Mitten campaign launched; Coal Harbour Community Center to close for four months. LiveCity – Two open houses were held last week to provide details on the two sites that will...
Participate - VANOC announced this week that it is looking for volunteers with all types of abilities and performance skills to participate in sharing Canada with the world as part of the Opening and...
The City has introduced a temporary by-law and licensing program to allow homeowners to rent out single bedrooms or an entire home for less than 30 days during the period of January 1 to March 31,...
by Tara Ciecko With only 23 weeks left until the 2010 Olympic Games there is no shortage of Olympic-related activities happening weekly in this great city. This week CODE announces a new exhibit,...

Olympics Retort

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
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...
The question is not whether opposing elements will meet in the streets. The question is what happens when they do?
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...
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
And what do I think of this? I think it's pathological.
Some predictions for February's Olympic circus
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In the opinion of the author, a sport event just doesn't merit giving up hard-won rights.
The IOC is, above all, a business, and a really successful one at that.
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...
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...
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. For...
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...
“Flying 15” Appeal for inclusion of women’s ski-jumping in 2010 Olympics On November 12 and 13, the BC Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the “Flying 15,” a group of women’s ski-jumpers who sued...
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...
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...
“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...
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...
At the Wild Earth gathering on Vancouver Island this weekend, activists learned from experts on how to help the injured. by Chris Shaw “These are the likely police weapons you will face in 2010”, a...
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'...
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...
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...
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...
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.” Now a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Plaintiffs and defendants hold media scrums outside court as womens’ ski jump suit awaits decision by Chris Shaw The most interesting part of the final day of arguments in the lawsuit brought by 15...
$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’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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 (...
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...
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...
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...
In October of 2004, the Government of Canada created the Integrated Threat Asssessment Centre (ITAC) as part of the spy agency CSIS in order to "enable Canada to respond more effectively...

Unauthorized

 It's no surprise that American government officials are a humourless lot, but it never occurred to me that their humourlessness would lead them to believe that the plot lines of Little...
Ian Reid responds to my article on my surprise that the NDP will keep Carole James as the leader for the next provincial election by attacking me personally, saying “When a middle-aged, schlumpy and...
I'd really love to know what school of political strategy the BC NDP are from, because it's certainly not the one that teaches people how to win elections. The Liberals are on the verge of being neck...
 One of these days, and I look forward to it, we're going to think about the fact that the torch relay began as Nazi propoganda. Sure, we have a new line to the airport, and I bet it plays well...
The Australian team, who are now in the Athletes Village, unfurled a flag of a Kangaroo with boxing gloves from their balcony. But it's not an official flag of the Olympics! Team spirit at an...
Dave Zirin is a rare animal indeed, and a bit of a shit disturber. He's a "political" sports writer who isn't willing to let sports off the hook for it's potential leadership role in bringing social...
  When we criticize the city or the Olympics for certain inanities (curtailing of civil liberties, washing away 'graffiti' because city officials don't know what art is, or using military-grade...
Every day there seems to be a new needle in our eye. The latest is the Cypress Moutain closure.  The slopes of Cypress were not meant to be in  Olympic' hands until February 1st.  If...
Vancouverites who are looking forward to the Olympics haven't been thinking about the coming financial hangover, and there will be one.  Once the fanfare is done, and the Jamaican bobsled team...
Amy Goodman and why her next Column is likely to be "The Police State North of the 49th Parallel" (Laugh, cry, but whatever you do, read on.)
Now that it's officially 2010(c)  I asked my landlord to get court-approved proof that I wouldn't be arrested for writing "2010" on my rent cheque. As the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) has...
Warning: This story contains a merry Olympic Christmas carol at the end for our friends in Brazil.
I guess the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) feel they're not yet loathed enough by Vancouverites if being a cry-baby over Lululemon's latest clothing line is any indication. Now, I've had my...
The hand of the Olympic brand is long, but is it long enough to change what artists make on the streets?
Now that Canada's border services agency has put Vancouver's Olympic Paranoia on the radar across Canada and to our neighbors to the south, thanks to their treatment of journalist Amy Goodman, it's...
The Vancouver Police Department now has a new toy originally developed as a way to disperse pirates, a problem most Vancouverites were probably not aware they were suffering from. My regular...