By Christopher A. Shaw
"This is a cleverly written and well timed publication. New Society Publishers have controlled to place a well-designed paperback out there simply in time to salary a disagreement, at the tail finish of a province-wide gag legislations. certainly, the cloak of silence surrounding all issues Olympic have taken us to new degrees, as even the digits 2010, preceded by way of the identify of our reasonable urban, are thought of reasonable video game, and grounds for libel. A ancient point of view at the unique reason and avid gamers within the video games from the times in their construction solutions minutiae quesitons like" who was once the 1st athlete to win the gold?", whereas including a nostalgic contact, and the bankruptcy on dissent and resistance of the Olympics in different towns brings the total booklet into foreign focus." - Christina Ferrero, Epoch Times
The glossy jewelry of the Olympic video games have grown tarnished through the years as doping, corruption, and different scandals upward push to the outside. these scandals are the top of the iceberg, based on writer Christopher A. Shaw, the lead spokesperson for numerous anti-Games groups.
Five Ring Circus information the background of ways Vancouver gained the bid for the 2010 video games, who was once concerned, and what the genuine causes have been. It describes the position of company media in selling the video games, the machinations of presidency and enterprise, and the competition that emerged.
Disturbing questions come to light:
- Why does the overseas Olympic Committee pay no taxes?
- Who are the genuine property builders in the back of the Vancouver bid?
- Why are mega tasks paid for with tax dollars?
- What are the real expenditures of the Games?
The Olympic video games, as soon as thought of the top of athleticism and reasonable play, became a cesspool of greed, backroom bargains, and the wholesale trampling of civil liberties. In Vancouver, arrangements for the 2010 video games have had a considerable unfavourable influence at the surroundings and feature ended in the “economic detoxification” of the terrible and homeless.
This e-book is a cautionary story for destiny Olympic bid towns, and may entice these all for the results of globalization on many features of life.
Christopher A. Shaw is a professor on the college of British Columbia. he's a founding member and lead spokesperson for the No video games 2010 Coalition and 2010 Watch. He lives in North Vancouver.
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Many at the Bid Corp stood to realize handsomely from an Olympics-driven actual property increase, specifically one propelled up the ocean to Sky street towards Whistler and the Callaghan Valley, the latter the proposed website of the Nordic occasions. there have been a couple of former Olympic athletes tossed in, as with the Bid society, to make it look as though it have been relatively in regards to the activities, yet there have been additionally a couple of curious appointees on the nationwide point, appointees who made no experience from both activities or a company standpoint. to illustrate of the latter, France Chrétien Desmarais, daughter of top Minister Jean Chrétien, was once at the board. one other characteristic that may play a task in her choice used to be that she used to be the spouse of André Desmarais, CEO of the Ontario megacorporation strength Corp, and daughter-in-law of Paul Desmarais, a big mover and shaker. The hyperlink among strength Corp and the Olympic Technical staff might be handled in a later bankruptcy, yet suffice it to claim right here that on the time this appointment appeared discordant other than as a sop to her father. Jack Poole headed up the Bid Corp as their Chairman and used the assets of live performance houses to push the bid, even seconding Concert’s CEO, David Podmore, to run the 2003 plebiscite crusade. The latter were the high-stakes attempt to win over Vancouverites and get them to vote convinced to the Olympics. placing Podmore within the driver’s seat have been a strategic in addition to a tactical selection. First, Poole wanted a few area among his heritage as a failed actual property guru and his new glossy function as Bid Chairman: enormous tax cash have been probably at the line; reminding the general public concerning the failure of past businesses wouldn't fly if the general public have been to be confident that Olympic tasks might are available in “on time and on funds. ” Poole’s hard-edged personality used to be additionally a very compelling cause to not positioned himself in entrance of an viewers of standard Vancouverites, either the smirk and the physique language conveying contempt for an individual now not immediately on his part. Poole made one other clever selection in hand-picking the recent entrance guy for the Bid Corp, pulling in former Olympian John Furlong to be the CEO and the smiling face the general public and media observed. Furlong had controlled Vancouver’s unique Arbutus membership for years ahead of taking the activity at Bid Corp. He was once a long way smoother than Poole and no more more likely to be ruffled, no less than in public, and not going to utter the threats to town that Poole may later come to remorse. Furlong, Jack Poole’s Smile nine all issues thought of, appeared an capable and prepared torch service for the reason, one whose “I have obvious the sunshine” zeal bizarre to such a lot of who've competed within the video games projected the concept of actual believer and constant follower. Furlong’s task used to be to promote the rising “frame” that the video games have been approximately not anything greater than elite athletics and Vancouver’s “time to polish” for the remainder of Canada, and promote it he did. the alternative of Furlong as Bid Corp CEO and later within the related position with the successor association VANOC used to be nearly in simple terms within the arms of Poole who by no means really relinquished the reins of strength in both association.