Independent Media Reporter Rejected at Border, Detained by Border Agents and Denied Outside Contact

Posted by admin on Feb 6th, 2010

For Immediate Release – Saturday, February 6, 2010

Martin Macias Jr., an independent media reporter from Chicago traveling to cover the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC, has been rejected by Canadian border agents and held without outside contact for at least 7 hours (as of 9pm) today. Macias arrived in Vancouver from Chicago (via Minneapolis) on an 11:30am Delta Airlines flight on Saturday, February 6, 2010. He was detained for hours by Canada Border Services agents in the Vancouver International Airport and questioned about his plans during the Olympics. Ultimately he was refused entry to Canada.

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80 of B.C.’s 203 Native bands refuse to participate in Olympics

Posted by admin on Feb 6th, 2010

By Kim Pemberton, Vancouver Sun February 6, 2010

The head of the Four Host First Nations, Tewanee Joseph, has been criss-crossing the country since 2003 selling the Olympics to first nations communities. He’s achieved signed agreements with more than a dozen provincial and national aboriginal groups setting out their involvement with the 2010 Olympic Games. But despite his efforts, aboriginal groups are divided. No where is that more noticeable than here at home with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, representing 80 of the 203 bands in the province, refusing to participate in the games. The union’s longtime president Chief Stewart Phillip said he will not be at Monday’s opening ceremony for the Aboriginal Pavilion nor at any of the Olympic 2010 sponsored events.

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Support the Olympic Tent Village: No More Empty Talk, No More Empty Lots

Posted by admin on Feb 3rd, 2010

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Vancouver’s Olympics head for disaster

Posted by admin on Jan 31st, 2010

Douglas Haddow,, Sunday 31 January 2010

It’s now two weeks until the start of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic games, a city-defining event that is a decade in the making. But a decade is a very long time. Much of what seemed sensible in the early 2000s has proven to be the opposite: for instance, allowing investment bankers to pursue profits willy-nilly was acceptable when Vancouver won the bid in 2003, but is now viewed as idiotic. So it comes as no surprise that just days before the opening ceremony, Vancouver is gripped by dread. Not the typical attitude for a host city, but understandable when you consider that everything that could go wrong, is in the process of going wrong.

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Are the Olympic Games really worth it?

Posted by admin on Jan 30th, 2010

January 30, 2010, Petti Fong, Toronto Star

VANCOUVER–Putting a dollar figure on the cost of the Vancouver Olympics is no easy task. The bottom line is a moving target, with supporters saying the benefits of hosting the Games far outweigh budget numbers, and critics charging that the Olympics are a poor reason for governments and sponsors to overspend. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, known as VANOC, insists its $1.76 billion operating budget is on target. So far, no one has produced the numbers to prove it wrong. But ever since 2003, when Vancouver won the right to host the Games, the cost of putting on the events has kept rising.

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