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Paying for Olympic Medals
« on: November 20, 2007, 11:35:30 AM »
Your tax dollars at work.

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The Canadian Olympic Committee announced yesterday that they will award $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze at the 2008 Games.

Under this setup, speed skater Cindy Klassen would have collected $70,000 for her five medals at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.

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Canada is joining a long line of countries that pay bonuses for Olympic medals, including the U.S., China and Italy. If you're talking incentive, look at what Rumball and Marquardt's rivals from Belarus will get if they can win the Olympic gold medal in Beijing – an apartment in Minsk and $100,000.

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007, 12:00:35 PM »
I hate the Olympics with a passion.  Every time (and it does seem like *every* time) it comes up for bid the same crew of self-important Toronto politicians and civic *leaders* grovel all over themselves trying to win the Olympics.  Embarrassing.  Steal from the poor to line the pockets of the rich.    Support corruption.  

I do support exercise and sports for the general population, and if they proposed using this money to buy bicycles and comfortable shoes for those who wanted to not drive/take transit to school/work I'd be 100% in favour.

But this?  Why don't we bonus the people that fix potholes or those that take care of the sick?  It's not like there aren't rewards (endorsement dollars, etc.) for those that win medals, or choose a career as an Olympic athlete for that matter.  I heard on the radio that the NHL guys are eligible too.  Bah.

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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007, 01:34:58 PM »
Montréal taxpayers finally paid back the 1976 Olympic deficit a couple of years ago. There were many younguns not born then who have paid black plenty for that black hole...

Not to mention that everywhere, the Olympics mean real estate speculation and social cleansing...  :rant2:
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 02:05:09 PM »
I was incredibly disappointed in the Vancouver City Council, that was elected in a progressive groundswell, when it cheerfully endorsed the Olympics.  

When they come to Vancouver their sole value to me will be in the form of increasing the appeal of my apartment for a house swap with someone who lives somewhere appealing - like Seville or Barcelona.  They can come here and deal with the madness, I'll go there and deal with the galleries and drink Spanish wine.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2007, 02:11:04 PM »
If they are from Barcelona, they've already been through that shite.

It was gross to see socialist mayors of London Red Ken Livingston and of Paris Bertrand Delanoë fighting over the privilege of hosting the Olympics - they should be ashamed of themselves, those.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008, 10:09:36 PM »
I'm laughing so hard I think I'm gonna vomit. The Harpo govmint is going toe to toe with the IOC.
When we all know it's about only 28% of women would vote for him, so their desperate. Or maybe not.

In an announcement Tuesday, Canada's federal government and the Canadian Olympic Committee promised to step up the pressure to get female competitors the same chance to take flight as their male counterparts.

"It's about equality," Helena Guergis, Canada's secretary of state for sport, told CTV British Columbia.


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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2008, 10:13:51 PM »
Yah, equality. Ski-jumping.

I'm with you on the vomiting, ReWind.

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008, 02:52:05 PM »
Oh Wally, wally, wallee, you really gotta learn to talk about the people without  the bias eh.

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B.C.'s attorney general says a group of anti-poverty activists who vandalized Premier Gordon Campbell's constituency office are nothing more than a "lawless" bunch intent on "terrorizing people."

"To have louts like these people (go) there

Protestors are now terrists! My my.

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Re: Paying for Olympic Medals
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2009, 08:42:48 PM »
Only Happy Olympic Freedom of Expression, dum-de-dum-dum OR cops can enter your home with only a 24 hour notice and remove any anti-Olympic signs you may display in your windows, most especially if it's near an olympic site. Howz that for trumping your civil liberties.

The milking of Vancouver taxpayers continues, with the olympics SCAM, and the dark underbelly of security has racheted up, what the hell are the athletes thinking, why don't they boycott this sham?

Protester surveillance

The security firm had the student's cell number and class schedule. The security firm also spoke with UBC professor Shaw's x-wife, divorced for 15 years.  :shock:
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2009, 09:51:13 PM »
Someone just compared the Vancouver Olympic committee and the IOC to North Korea on CBC for the proposed law about signs and whatnot. I'm especially concerned about this part:

A proposed B.C. law would allow municipal officials to enter homes to seize unauthorized and possibly anti-Olympic signs on short notice, civil libertarians say

What could be more draconian than that? I suspect Harper and others are watching this debate carefully - they may want to get away with some of this bs as well.

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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2009, 12:39:48 PM »
Reminds me of another time when civil liberties took a back seat to a big spectacle in B.C. - only that time, it was "liberals" Chrétien and Axworthy in league with the RCMP who were the villains - at the 1997 APEC summit in Vancouver:

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Canadians now remember the APEC summit for its images of young protesters being blasted with pepper spray by RCMP officers, and signs urging democracy and free speech being torn down by Canadian police. [...]

... Axworthy and Chrétien reassured the Indonesians in personal letters that Suharto would not have to worry about his "comfort," as they put it. Axworthy also reportedly apologized to the Indonesian foreign minister that the "Wanted" posters of Suharto then appearing in Canadian cities were "outrageous and excessive" - a surprising statement from a minister who was a civil rights marcher in his own student days. The RCMP even agreed to allow Suharto's own security agents to carry concealed weapons, although they did tell the visitors, in answer to their questions, that shooting demonstrators "would not be tolerated" - and that they could do nothing to control media coverage.

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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2009, 02:07:33 PM »
Was that the time the RCMP, or perhaps the Vancouver Police, chased what they thought was a protester down an alley and whooped the be-jesus out of him, putting him in the hospital? It was later they discovered it was the son of the American ambassador to Canada on an unrelated errand.

Major DUH!  :doh:
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Re: Paying for Olympic Medals
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2009, 10:56:18 PM »
I wonder if THIS is the reason Canada did not support the IOC getting observer status at the UN

Canada's a boyscout  :lol:
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Re: Paying for Olympic Medals
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2009, 06:32:33 PM »
Quote from: Alison@Creekside
CBC : Vancouver police get sonic crowd control device
in time for the Owelympics

I know spelling flames are lame, but surely you meant Orwellympics?  :whis:

 

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