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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.

Community Centres equipped with 50" Flat-screen Plasma TVs

Community Centres equipped to become Community Living Rooms during the Olympics As the Olympics draw near, the City of Vancouver and Park Board are looking to open up the Olympic experience to...

On Commercial Drive, Opinion on the Olymipcs is Divided

Fram Dinshaw goes to Commercial Drive to gauge the views of its residents on the upcoming Games.

Love Them, Hate Them, I Don't Care: Weigh in on Your Big O

Azad Wahed, from Kabul, Afghanistan, managing the Tribal Rugs and Art Shop on Broadway, says of the Olympics, "Why not? It's good." Fram Dinshaw went to Kitsilano to find out what people had to say

Is Your Freedom a Security Risk?

The most significant threat to Vancouverites during the 2010 Games, reasons David Eby, is the criminalization of free speech. Personal expression is not a security risk nor an attack on the...

Canadian Counter Terrorism, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and the World's Deadliest Chemical

As a crush of spectators, international dignitaries, top athletes, and the world's media descend upon Vancouver for the Olympics this winter, a chlorine facility at the base of the Second Narrows Cros

UN Human Rights Observers for 2010?

Someone to watch over you. Brandi Cowen reports on the politics of observation.