2010 Olympics Business News for the Vancouver and Whistler
regions of British Columbia. Plus, Alberta, the rest of Canada, Washington
State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana & California
Vancouver FAILS Livability Test
Necessary Illusion &
Vancouver's official report card is in, and apparently we aren't the most
livable city that newspapers like The Vancouver Sun and other local
mainstream media would like us to believe.
According to the Vancouver
Foundation's official report card (they've been doing this since 1943),
Vancouver gets a "D" in housing, a "D+" in transportation,
a "C+" in safety (although they sugar coat it by reporting a
C- and B- respectively). Not an "A" or "B" to be seen.
How can these failing grades be true?
How, in the space of a couple of months can we go from being the most
livable, to barely tolerable?
Apparently local mainstream news media have not been performing the service
to the community that they led us to believe and often boasted about.
Instead, they told us half truths, ignored the real needs of our community
and allowed wealthy corporations to set the curriculum.
The unfortunate truth is that not much has changed in the last
couple of months, or for that matter the last few years, except the hype
coming from local mainstream media interested in cashing in on the 2010
The only thing that has changed is our perception. Why?
Well, let's start with this blog, and then look at TheTyee.ca,
and then PublicEyeOnline.com,
and all the other bloggers, readers, and commenters in Metro Vancouver
that show you the other side of the story.
Online communities have put so much pressure on local mainstream news
media that newspapers and television companies now have no choice but
to tell us both sides of the story.
Now that OlyBLOG.com has explained to thousands of average people what
illusion" is, they are now more capable of making intelligent
decisions about how news media impacts their businesses and lives.
If Vancouver gets a failing grade, do we get held back a year?
Sorry, can't do that. The 2010 Olympics are coming, and apparently we
have to put our best foot forward and continue to fool the world into
thinking we are the most livable city.
Unfortunately, if we keep this charade up through to 2010 the likelihood
of backlash and having it knock us back on our keesters is inevitable.
That's what happened in the last three Olympics regions. It might come
as a shock to mainstream news media, but people in other parts of the
world have the internet too, which means they can see this blog, and the
countless others that are sure to pop up between now and 2010.
When you ignore history you are doomed to make the same mistakes.
Maybe it's time to break the chain.
Vancouver needs a tutor to help our misplaced pride in insularity
learn to speak fluent global.
Resisting globalization is like resisting the Olympics. Both are coming
whether you like it or not so you better find someone who can teach you
to speak the language and leverage it to your advantage.
The Vancouver Foundation polled average citizens to learn what
we think of our community. They do a good job, however what they should
NOT be doing is making recommendations based on the findings of a community
that is heavily influenced by mainstream news media.
It's one thing to know what the community thinks, but it does not mean
we should act on information gleaned from a public that bases their opinion
on emotion and bad information. For example, according to the report,
citizens are scared for their safety. However, this conclusion does not
mean the solution is to increase
the police force as citizens taking the Foundation poll indicate.
That is ludicrous, and a very dangerous road to travel. You might think
you had a heart attack because you were running, but the truth is, you
are overweight - stop running until you get in better shape. Walk instead.
We don't need band aid solutions, we need long term cures. For The
Foundation to imply otherwise is irresponsible.
Now for the juxtaposition part of the Vancouver Sun's interpretation
of this report. It is interesting to note that The Vancouver Foundation,
on their official report card call it "Housing,"
but on the front page of The Sun on October, 2, 2007, they add
the words "Homeless" to the title so it reads "Housing
Why? Well who knows for sure, but when I read the newspaper's interpretation
of the report I thought the average person's housing crisis has something
to do with the homeless, but it doesn't. When I checked The Foundation's
website I discovered that they don't tie it together under one
heading ... so why would The Sun do it? The truth is that 81% of
people in Vancouver think that the city in general has an "affordability"
issue, but it seems The Sun would like us to believe the "D"
grade applies only to the homeless. I suppose they think if we think it
has something to do with homeless people that we won't care. Nice try.
On a similar note; according to a survey of 5,858 Canadians polled by
the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), residents of British
Columbia are victims of fraud more than any other province in Canada.
38% per cent of fraud victims in B.C. said they have been victims more
than once compared with a national average of 25%.
A whopping 13% of people in B.C. report they have been a victim of fraud,
while the number was only 4% in Atlantic Canada.
I'm not surprised that British Columbia has the worst record of
consumer fraud in Canada. Maybe if local mainstream news media actually
did the job they profess, residents here would be smarter and not such
sitting ducks for scammers.
If your local newspaper won't give you a heads up regarding the 2010 Olympics
who will? VANOC? The IOC? Politicians? Big Business? Don't hold your breath.
They want your money, so the less you know, the better their chances of
fooling you too.
Moral of this story;
Don't trust local mainstream news media, and do your homework.
Contaminated Soil - False Creek
CanWest reported on September 22, 2007, that residents on the north side
of False Creek, opposite the Olympics Village, are complaining of noxious
gases, which they claim are generated by contaminated soil in their neighborhoods.
The land was previously industrial park that housed mills, smelters, etc.
According to Jody Andrews, Project Manager for the Southeast False
Creek project, samples taken in and around 2004 revealed a wide variety
of contaminants spread in a variety of areas on the property, like hydrocarbons
(derivative of petroleum), waste from a smelter, byproducts from a wood
mill, and other miscellaneous industrial waste.
Here's what I published
regarding contaminated soil in that area back in April of 2006 when
my book, Leverage Olympic Momentum was released.
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Own the Podium?
The official creed (guiding principle) of the Olympics is a quote by the
founding father of the modern day Games Baron de Coubertin. He said, "The
most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part,
just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
The Olympic motto consists of three Latin words Citius, Altius, Fortius,
which means, "Swifter, Higher, Stronger." The 1924 motto is meant to encourage
athletes to embrace the Olympic spirit and perform to the best of their
No where does it imply that winning the most gold medals for your country
is part of the agenda. In fact it implies exactly the opposite.
The IOC maintains that it doesn't actively encourage countries to collectively
win the most gold medals, but on the other hand they also don't institute
anything to ensure that the Games are not turned into corporate money
In fact, IOC sponsorship and partnership business models encourage a win-at-all-costs
mentality. It is the reason they have doping, fraud and bribery scandals.
The IOC invites young people to compete in the Olympics using the original
Creed & Motto. But when it comes to delivering on the promise they
fall incredibly short.
The Olympics today isn't as much about sport as it is about money and
Priorities changed over the years and so too should their Creed &
If athletes go for the gold, and the IOC goes for the gold, and corporate
sponsors go for the gold, and governments go for the gold, and considering
that you will have to foot the bill for their gold, why should
you be edged out of the race?
Move to the starting line.
Own the Podium?
Own Your Home?
Real journalism consists of
what someone doesn't want published,
all the rest is public relations."