22 people make refugee claims after Vancouver Olympics

Posted by admin on Apr 10th, 2010

By Terri Theodore, Canadian Press, April 10, 2010

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Twenty-two people who came to Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics have made refugee claims in Canada, seven of them members of the “Olympic family. The figures from Citizenship and Immigration Canada show the claimants came from nine different countries: Ghana, Hungary, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Nepal and Japan. For privacy concerns, Johanne Nadeau with Citizenship and Immigration couldn’t say if any of the claimants were athletes, only that seven of them were from organizations directly linked to the Games. The Olympic family includes everyone from sponsors and athletes to the entourage of support staff that travels with each country’s Olympic team.

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An RochesterIMC recap of the Anti-Olympic Convergence

Posted by admin on Mar 5th, 2010

From Rochester Indymedia

"No2010 Commemorative Poster"; Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation

On February 9th, two Rochester Indymedia journalists started their journey to Vancouver, unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territory to cover the 2010 anti-Olympic resistance movement. Anti-Olympic organizers called for a convergence of anti-colonial and anti-capitalist forces in Vancouver, February 10-15, 2010, to confront and disrupt the 2010 Olympic Games. These dates were chosen to coincide with the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb. 12, 2010). The entire Winter Games ran from Feb 12-28, 2010. The slogan under which the convergence coalesced was, “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!

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Refugee claims from Olympics ‘ridiculous’: minister

Posted by admin on Mar 2nd, 2010

CTV.ca News Staff, Date: Tue. Mar. 2 2010 6:55 PM ET

Seven people who came to Canada to watch the Vancouver Winter Olympics are now seeking refugee status, CTV News has learned, including claimants from Hungary, Russia and Japan. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said it was “ridiculous” that anyone from Japan could claim to be a refugee and told CTV’s Power Play Tuesday that it was a sign that the system has broken down.

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In the Shadow of the Olympic Flame: A Report from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver

Posted by admin on Mar 2nd, 2010

Turning the Page on Colonial Oppression, Defenders of the Land Meets in Vancouver

Posted by admin on Mar 1st, 2010

Peter Kulchyski | March 1st 2010 | Canadian Dimenision

Early this fall, an event largely ignored by the mass media in Canada, took place in northwestern Ontario. A floatplane filled with equipment and staff from the Platinex mining company attempted to land on Big Trout Lake, known as Kitchenuhmaykoosib to the local Inninuwug. The chief and other members of the community got in their boats and played a game of “chicken” with the plane, maneuvering their boats in front of its landing trajectory to keep it from being able settle onto the lake. After making several attempts, the pilot turned around and returned south. A few months later the community heard the news that the Ontario government had bought out Platinex’s interest in the disputed territory (part of Treaty 9) and announced that the platinum mining development in the region would not proceed.

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Black Bloc protester doesn’t want to be stereotyped

Posted by admin on Feb 25th, 2010

The Canadian Press, Date: Thursday Feb. 25, 2010

Anti-Olympic protesters will have their last chance Sunday to draw world attention to their issues, but they appear headed into their so-called celebratory street party more divided and disparate than they were even as the loose coalition that organized a massive demonstration on the Games’ opening day. Momentum seemed to go out of the anti-Olympic movement after protesters, masked and dressed entirely in black, trashed display windows of the downtown Bay, the superstore selling Olympic merchandise, during a march the morning after opening ceremonies.

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Indigenous Resistance to the Games

Posted by admin on Feb 16th, 2010

Video: Press Conference on Indigenous Resistance
Video: Take Back Our City
Video: Greenwash Games
Video: Action at RBC – Stop RBC Funders of Tar Sands
Video: Indigenous Resistance Panel at Anti Olympic Summit
Statement: Native Youth Movement Celebrates Olympic Failure
Report and video: Coast Salish Katzie First Nation block Golden Ears Bridge

Update From Olympic Tent Village

Posted by admin on Feb 16th, 2010

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A chill wind greets the Winter Games

Posted by admin on Feb 12th, 2010

By David Usborne, Friday, 12 February 2010, The Independent

In the basement of a flophouse hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, mischief is hidden in a stack of plain cardboard cartons. Before long, its instigators will unleash it on the Winter Olympics, which begin today; for now, though, the stunt remains top secret. Or nearly. My guide unseals one of the cartons to produce a mysterious blanket, rolled and packaged in cellophane. He hands it over with a conspiratorial smile. “Keep it,” he says. The blanket, apparently official merchandise, is embossed with the five rings and Inuit figure that represent the Games, which kick off tonight with a lavish opening ceremony a few blocks from this clandestine cellar. It even features a sticker with a personal message from the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But there is something – I am honour bound not to reveal what – a little subversive about these blankets. They are not meant to flatter Mr Harper, a conservative, or celebrate any of his social policies, but rather the reverse.

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Video: Vancouver Activists Greet Winter Olympics

Posted by admin on Feb 12th, 2010

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