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December 9, 2009 Opinion

An Insincere Celebration

Is the Olympics' use of Indigenous symbolism imprudent?

November 30, 2009 Canadian News

Briefly, the Olympics

On savages, skytrains, signs, smiles, speech and sleeping over

Olympic Torch Dispatch #1

First dispatch from the Torch Relay kickoff from Victoria, on occupied Coast Salish territories, October 30, 2009.

This is a joint production of Victoria Indymedia, B-Channel News, Vancouver Media Coop, and subMedia.tv.

November 17, 2009 Nov 17
October 27, 2009 Arts

Olympic Spirit

What is genuine Indigenous art?

June 22, 2009 Weblog:

Vancouver Media Co-op, part 3

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Picture 1: We attend a meeting of Vancouver's Anti-Poverty Committee, and give a brief presentation about the Media Co-op. People express a desire to contribute financially to the project but it is fairly clear that what we'd like more than anything from a group like the APC (who struggles with funding, like many other activist groups), is based on what they are directly working on: ideas for coverage of the 2010 Olympics, information on poverty in Vancouver, articles for the site.

Picture 2: Next, the VMC posse rolled into an Olympics Resistance Network (ORN) meeting in the DTES. After giving a run-down of Media Co-op goings-on, people broke out their laptops for a tech session of sorts; those who needed computer help got it.

Picture 3: Dave Dickson. An ex-police officer with the Vancouver Police Force. He was the Police's one and only "Downtown Eastside Liaison" for many years, and also acted as their "Native Liaison." He was one of a special team which investigated the Pickton case. Of many of the city's sex-workers, he says he has known them since they were in pre-school. According to him, although this is questionable, he has built up a trust with many in the neighborhood over the years, and now spends his time doing outreach with women on the streets. On the topic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Dickson maintains that the police have never treated anybody differently based on their race; they have been abusive, sure, but not based on race. As kind and fatherly as he is, I find something integral left to be desired.

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June 14, 2009 Weblog:

Vancouver Media Co-op Tour, Days 3-7

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The Vancouver Media Co-op held a meeting several days ago for folks who are interested in helping with organizing, promoting events, and covering stories. About 7 or so amazingly solid folks showed up to our meeting on the back balcony of Spartacus Books. People threw around some great story ideas, agreed to taking on specific tasks (ie postering and flyering), planned a group trip to Sutikalh, talked about the structure and purpose of the co-op, as well as its goals, and shared contact information. It was an impressive tone-setter to say the least.

The bulk of Media Co-op work so far has consisted of talking to or emailing people, getting contact info for other people, talking to them, setting up meetings, and then talking some more. Several meetings with a diverse cross-section of folks linked to media production, cooperatives, and unions have been arranged and are slowly filling up the VMC calendar.

Picture 1: A demonstrator at a women's housing march put on by local group Power of Women (POW). The march was a dignified expression of anger at the government for authorizing mass evictions in poorer areas of the city (most notably the downtown eastside), as well as destroying potential social housing sites in favour of making way for the Olympic Games in 2010. Aboriginal people comprise about 3 per cent of BC's population yet make up over 32 per cent of the homeless population. Aboriginal women are particularly vulnerable to losing their homes.

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April 29, 2009 Canadian News

Jailed For Jaywalking?

Measures aim to clear out Vancouver's Downtown Eastside before the Olympics

Controversy rocks lead-up to 2010 Olympics

With more than a full year before the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics begin, the games have already encountered stiff opposition. A range of groups have expressed their disagreement with the way that the Olympics are being run on Canada's west coast. Their concerns include: environmental destruction, the rights of low or no income residents, lack of transparency and consultation in decision making, and development on indigenous land that has never been surrendered to Canada.

April 26, 2009 Apr 26 by real news network
April 17, 2009 Opinion

Why protest Vancouver's 2010 Olympics?

Standing up to the global system makes change possible

April 9, 2009 Arts

Art and Anarchy

Artists give the Cultural Olympiad the middle finger

February 23, 2009 Weblog:

Megaphone on the Olympics

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Megaphone Magazine has put out their Olympics Issue. It's well worth the read. If you're in Vancouver, you can find it on a street corner near you.

February 19, 2009 Weblog:

Olympic security budget released

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The federal minister of public safety announced today that the government of Canada will put $647.5 million dollars towards security during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The feds are also on the hook for all cost overruns.

BC will pay an extra $165 million, bringing the province's total contribution to the security budget to $252.5 million dollars.

The announcement was made in Ottawa just following Obama's visit to the capital.

Photo: Lola May, CC2.0.

February 4, 2009 Canadian News

Changes to Vancouver Charter may Infringe on Right to Protest

Bylaw fines to rise from $50 to $10,000 in lead-up to 2010

February 2, 2009 Weblog:

Vancouver goes Military before 2010

The Integrated Security Unit, which comprises the West Vancouver Police, Canadian Forces and RCMP, will make their presence known during their second training operation from February 9-13, one year before the 2010 Games. “The public are certainly going to see us," said Bud Mercer, assistant RCMP commissioner and head of the ISU.

Bob Mackin, one of Vancouver's best journos writing on the Olympics, recently broke the story about the "$44 million for six camps to accommodate 1,600 Canadian Forces personnel during the 2010 Winter Olympics."

October 2, 2008 Weblog:

'Spirit Train' protests continue towards the East

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Activists in Edmonton interrupted the 2010 Olympics Spirit Train stop-off there on September 29th.

Their actions came on the heels of a protest in Vancouver that marked the launch of the train. Vancouver's Olympics Resistance Network has called for mobilization as the train travels east.

A smaller demonstration against the Spirit Train took place in Calgary.

In Sudbury, the local Coalition Against War and Occupation (SAWO) is planning to protest the train as it rolls through on October 11th. The train's last stop will be in Montréal on October 18th.

September 21, 2008 Canadian News

Protesters Disrupt "Spirit Train" Sendoff

Two arrested, festivities cancelled

March 13, 2008 Photo Essay

Downtown Eastside's Poverty Olympics

Vancouver residents deem Olympics a "countdown to international embarrassment"

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