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Entries Tagged as 'Olympics'

Looking Back on the Vancouver-Whistler Winter Games

February 6th, 2014 · · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

British Columbians no doubt feel thankful that the costs, security and other challenges facing the Sochi Winter Olympic Games far surpass what B.C. and Canada faced with the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Games. But the 2010 Games were not without controversy and still raise the question of whether it was all worthwhile. Unfortunately, at least from a […]

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Olympics – ‘Rousing Financial Success’?

December 19th, 2010 · · 2 Comments · Economy

Though not a true believer myself, I can think of a number of positive impacts from the 2010 Olympics. There was, without question, a community spirit seldom if ever seen in Vancouver. There was a renewed commitment to excellence in sport. However, one thing I couldn’t imagine anyone suggesting is that it was a “rousing […]

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And now for the bill: the cost of the Olympics

July 12th, 2010 · · 2 Comments · Provincial budget & finance

The BC government has released its final estimates of the cost of staging the 2010 Winter Games, highlighting the problems this government has with telling the truth (other examples include the 2009 pre-election fudge-it budget, and the HST). The Tyee reports: British Columbia’s government spent $325 million more on the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics […]

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Costs do matter!

March 1st, 2010 · · 3 Comments · Economy

Admittedly, I’ve been over 4000 kilometres away from the frenzy on Robson Street for the last two weeks and more. Nevertheless, I still can’t buy into the new found enthusiasm for the Olympics. True, the men’s hockey final was spectacular, and I enjoyed it as much as anyone, celebrating with a margarita at a favourite […]

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Will the Olympics boost long-term tourism to BC?

February 15th, 2010 · · 21 Comments · Climate change, Economy

“We’ve invited the world, they’re coming, and the place is a mess.” That was the tag line the CCPA gave to our BC Solutions Budget back in 2004. At the time, we argued as strongly as we could that if BC was to change the story the world would tell of us this month, we […]

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Now for some disaster relief on the homefront

January 22nd, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at the public response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. I’ve seen donations being collected through school bake sales, at the liquor store, and on Hockey Night in Canada, among the usual channels for such stuff. It’s nice to know that, collectively, we care, in spite of the neglect of […]

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Clearing the hurdles — sports brands and worker rights

January 15th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour

As we prepare to host the Olympics, it’s worth thinking about how high (or low) the bar is set by the major companies that make sportswear. Despite some progress in recent years, substantial violations of worker rights and poverty wages are still the norm for workers in the sportswear industry. In response, Play Fair and […]

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First the party, next the hangover

January 12th, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Economy, Provincial budget & finance

It’s shocking to think that the 2010 Winter Games are now exactly one month away. Yes, the banners are dropping down the side of downtown buildings; huge tents are being erected anywhere there is open space; advertising from any but the Olympic sponsors has all but disappeared (I hereby challenge any Olympic athlete to eat […]

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2010 and all that

November 5th, 2009 · · 1 Comment · Economy

It is a basic principle in economics that estimates of employment and GDP impacts in themselves tell us nothing about the benefits and costs of government initiatives. Government spending creates jobs. More spending creates more jobs. But whether that is in the public interest raises very different questions. Will the job creation employ people who […]

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Fun and Games

October 18th, 2009 · · 8 Comments · Economy

I don’t really get the Olympics resistance stuff — the Games are coming and we may as well make the best of them. Admittedly I’ll be in Baja — traffic avoidance knows no bounds in our household. But I still think B.C. cannot be any better off by making the  Olympics more disruptive than they […]

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