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
Hypocrisy of the Olympics
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, home of the 2010 Olympics is
literally imploding, but still Olympics organizations and local news media
refuse to connect the dots.
People in Vancouver are now so desperate that there has been an astounding
33 bank robberies in the first month of 2008 alone. In all of the 2007,
there were only 185.
British Columbia's provincial government recently announced taxes would
rise dramatically over the next few years, but they fooled taxpayers into
thinking it has something to do with launching "green" environmental objectives.
Marginalized people in Vancouver are being evicted from their meager homes
at unprecedented rates in an effort to make room for 2010 Olympics workers
In a too hasty and reckless effort to clean up the region after local
news media, law enforcement, and politicians ignored the drug culture
in Vancouver for decades, there were 6 street hits of gangsters in the
first six weeks of 2008. Innocent people are being killed in the crossfire.
Local news media, who control ALL the major newspapers, and television
stations in the region, recently spent an entire week hyping the 2010
Olympics on the two year pre-celebration anniversary, but failed to adequately
address issues related to the downside of hosting the Games. They did
it in a shameless effort to conscript 2010 Olympics volunteers.
Rather, reporter with HDTV, and legendary ex-news anchor of
60 Minutes, came to town to expose the social crime of how Vancouver neglects
mentally ill and drug addicted citizens. Instead of
welcoming him in a responsible manner, local
news media portrayed him as an ambulance chaser desperate to report
any type of story.
What We Know About the 2010 Olympics
… in 2008
We know the Olympics are coming - whether you are prepared or not.
We know incredible promotional opportunities exist for a wide variety
of companies in Olympics host regions - whether you are big or small.
We know you do not have to deal directly with Olympic organizations like
VANOC to take advantage of the spotlight shining on our region.
We know VANOC has stated emphatically that they do not want to deal directly
with small companies, and that they recommend small companies align with
each other to form a syndicate.
We know VANOC recommends that small companies subcontract their products
and services to large companies that have won 2010 contracts.
We know many companies awarded Olympics contracts have a very hard time
delivering as promised, and that many of them eventually panic and will
do, or pay anything to protect their company and reputation.
We know VANOC is incredibly secretive and that no one knows what they
are doing, many times not even them.
We know some companies began to leverage 2010 Olympic momentum from the
moment the bid was won, and we know some of these companies, like local
mainstream newspaper and television companies have already generated incredible
revenue in the process.
We know there are billions of dollars to be made, and that larger companies
work hard to keep smaller competitors out of the Games.
We know you will pay for 2010 - whether you want to or not.
We know everything you see happening in Vancouver regarding homelessness,
skyrocketing house prices and taxes, construction and traffic confusion,
etc., happens in all Olympics regions, and that it is preventable when
responsible politicians and local mainstream news media put short term
greed aside and act responsibly in a timely manner.
We know Olympics sponsors make billions of dollars through their association
with the Games. For example NBC proudly reports that they placed advertising
in front of 4 billion people worldwide during the Athens Games, and in
front of 3 billion each in both Salt Lake City and Turin.
We know small companies in Olympics host regions will find it extremely
hard if not impossible to create a profitable Olympics strategy without
access to accurate historical knowledge and professional advice.
We know local mainstream news media will not provide accurate information
in a timely manner because if they do, it will negatively impact their
We know local newspapers and television have a vested interest in telling
you primarily what Olympics organizations want you to hear, not what you
need to hear.
We know The Vancouver Sun is an official paid Olympics booster.
We know newspapers like the Vancouver Sun, and their parent, CanWest Global,
make a fortune selling advertising to real estate companies.
We know to date, real estate and construction companies have generated
more profit than all other industries regarding 2010.
We know the BC real estate industry is notoriously untrustworthy.
We know mainstream news media aligns with and protects their big advertisers.
We know if you rely exclusively on traditional mainstream newspapers and
television to get your news, you are misinformed.
We know Olympics organizations are not transparent, and that they work
in partnership with local mainstream news media to hide information that
our community needs in order to make intelligent decisions.
We know obscenely rising house prices mean obscenely rising taxes.
We know artificially inflated house prices eventually drop, but taxes
We know without funding from sponsors like RBC, HBC, and Rona, the Olympics
would not exist, and most of us are grateful for their investment.
We know someone has to pay for 2010 overruns, and it is never sponsors
like RBC, HBC, or Rona - sposnors that will make an Olympic fortune.
We know amateur sport shapes a person's character.
We know amateur sport can be beneficial to an entire community in a physical,
spiritual, metaphysical, and economic manner.
We know Olympics sport is no longer amateur sport.
We know Olympics sport is NOT always managed properly and it does NOT
benefit the community or amateur athletes proportionately.
We know that amateur Canadian athletes training for the Olympics desperately
need financial support.
We know that regardless of how much large Olympics sponsors like RBC,
HBC, Rona, and others boast, or what they imply, it is obvious they do
not provide enough funds for athletes in the Olympics program.
We know that Olympics organizations and their sponsors primarily provide
support to elite athletes and those with high promise to win gold medals.
The rest are painfully under-funded.
We know that Olympics sponsors are governed by their shareholders, and
that shareholders are primarily concerned about making a profit.
We know the bridge to Olympics success for most small companies is via
sports related relationships with amateur athletes.
We know small companies have access to funds desperately needed by struggling
We know amateur Olympics athletes can provide the exposure a small local
company needs in order to raise their visibility locally, nationally,
We know Olympics organizations jealously guard their relationships with
amateur Olympics athletes, and that before the internet it was not possible
for average small companies to create and cost effectively manage relationships
with prospective Olympics champions.
We know Olympics organizations are very intimidating, and that they only
deal with large companies capable of providing multimillions of dollars
in capital funding or "value in kind" trades.
We know the internet has leveled the field in a number of industries,
like the music business for example, and that it provides many opportunities
for small companies willing to think differently.
We know the internet is a powerful promotion tool capable of easily reaching
around the world through social media and citizen journalism strategies.
We know the world is watching Vancouver, and in many cases they are doing
it with a very critical eye.
We know the bad news coming from our region related to the Olympics is
already having a negative effect on small local businesses and residents.
We know local mainstream news media made a fortune by manufacturing Olympic
hype in the first few years after winning the bid, and that they are now
going to extraordinary lengths to overcompensate and convince us that
they are neutral, and that they did nothing to harm our community.
We know the Vancouver Sun generated incredible revenue selling full page,
double spread, color advertising to real estate marketers like Bob Rennie
who used the hype of the Olympics to drive property values up to obscene
We know local mainstream news media did not balance real estate advertising
with responsible editorial in a timely manner in the very critical period
right after the 2010 Olympics Bid was awarded to Vancouver.
We know Vancouver's outrageous real estate prices are not sustainable,
and people who overpaid will not realize the return on their investment
in a cost effective, timely manner. We also know this cycle occurs in
almost all Olympic regions in the free world.
We know speculators made a fortune in Vancouver after the 2010 Bid was
won by flipping property at an unprecedented rate.
We know taxes rise in lockstep when property values are artificially inflated,
and we know taxes will never decrease when property values level off or
fall as they started to do in late 2007.
We know homes are not selling at the rate they were a year ago.
We know "paper millionaire" does not increase your real net worth unless
you sell your property and move out of the region.
We know residential property taxes started to rise dramatically as early
as 2006 and will continue to do so for at least the next decade in order
to pay for the 2010 Olympics.
We know business taxes will also start to rise after the Games leave town
and after the promise of foreign companies investing in our region during
the peak of Olympics frenzy dissipates.
We know The Vancouver Sun is a paid Olympics booster, and that as of June
2007, their legal obligation and allegiance lies more with the IOC than
with our community.
We know it is unethical for a newspaper to partner with Olympics organizations,
and that in other industries this type of partnership would be considered
illegal under antitrust statutes.
We know land developers generated unprecedented revenue in the first few
years after the bid was won while they worked in collusion with local
news media to artificially inflate property values, which make it impossible
for average people to live in and do business in Vancouver.
We know Olympic regions cultivate a very unique amalgamation of monopoly
and oligopoly, which we refer to as a mongopoly.
We know many families and businesses were recently driven out of Vancouver
because they can no longer afford to live or do business here.
We know Vancouver schools have closed and are continuing to close because
so many people have already left the city due to an extraordinarily high
cost of living and doing business.
We know taxes rise astronomically every year with no end in sight.
We know the highway network servicing the Lower Mainland is so poorly
planned and archaic that even if you can afford the suburbs it is extremely
difficult to commute throughout Vancouver and surrounding areas.
We know public transportation is so poorly developed that taking trains
or buses to and from work is ridiculously time consuming and expensive.
We know Vancouver was so poorly planned that there are very few jobs downtown
and that people are actually forced to reverse commute to outlying areas
to find work.
We know Vancouver has the lowest job pay rates and most expensive house
prices in all of Canada.
We know all Canadian taxpayers will pay higher Olympics related taxes
so Vancouver developers and news media companies can increase their profits.
We know local news media companies keep information from us that our community
needs in order to make intelligent decisions regarding 2010.
We know VANOC works for the IOC and not our community.
We know VANOC denies they are over budget.
We know 2010 is grossly over budget.
We know BC's auditor general reports VANOC is over budget.
We know someone is lying regarding overrun costs.
We know VANOC lures average people to volunteer with very slick and professional
"opportunity of a lifetime" pitches, and that they promote it with
the same vigor used on multinational companies that invest tens of million
We know if you listen to either pitch, you would be hard pressed to tell
the difference. It's only when you look at the payoff for average people
that you realize it's a one way street, and you're walking against traffic.
We know intelligent Volunteers are a cherished lifeblood of society.
We know Olympics organizations like VANOC target the naive.
We know in past Olympics regions organizations like VANOC used deceptive
tactics to unfairly lure Volunteers.
We know Olympics organizations have conscripted Volunteers from prisons
and welfare lists, but due to terrorism concerns it is now too risky.
We know in past Olympics regions that Volunteers felt so mistreated and
frustrated that they quit in overwhelming numbers before they made it
through their entire run - Turin 2006 included.
We know Olympics organizations blame Volunteers for the high churn rate
and do not take responsibility for their management actions.
We know a large part of the very aggressive Olympics Volunteer screening
process is designed to weed out people who volunteer with the intent of
sabotaging the Games.
We know drug screening is sometimes part of the Olympics hiring process,
and if it were applied to the Volunteer program in Vancouver it could
create a serious challenge.
We know in recent past Olympics regions organizations like VANOC had to
find three times more volunteers than they said they needed, which means
their churn rate was 3:1. At Sydney's 2000 Games, which Olympics organizations
boast as being the "Best Games Ever," the churn rate peaked
at an astounding 4:1 ratio.
We know news media like The Vancouver Sun are paid well by Olympics organizations
like VANOC and the IOC to entice Volunteers.
We know the Olympics Volunteer program is shrouded in secrecy.
We know Olympics Volunteers are purposely misled and that they quit at
unprecedented rates due to frustration.
We know Olympics Volunteers are often so disillusioned by their "once
in a lifetime" Olympics experience that many never return to or volunteer
afterwards for humanitarian agencies like the heart and stroke or cancer
foundations. They become permanently jaded.
We know PAID VANOC employees will have part of their wages held back until
they complete the entire run. If they quit prematurely, they will not
be paid. The system is designed to keep disgruntled employees on the job
until the Games are over. They trap workers like this in all Olympics
regions, except China of course, where the punishment will likely be much
We know that 41 construction workers died building Olympics infrastructure
in Athens, but we will never know how many will die in China building
We know culture is promoted very aggressively by Olympics organizations,
and that the IOC put the "cult" into Olympics culture.
We know respected, high-ranking IOC executives have warned the public
about Olympics culture and mismanagement, but like cancer, people in host
regions never believe it will affect them until it is too late.
We know people in current Olympics host regions always think they are
smarter or more aware than people in past Olympics regions.
We know Olympics Volunteers are forced to endure inordinate amounts of
time on Wal-Mart style "culture" training.
We know culture training is a form of corporate brainwashing.
We know some Olympic executives have to be deprogrammed when they leave
the employ of Olympics organizations so they can fit back into normal
We know some high-ranking VANOC executives have already left or were fired
under very mysterious circumstances.
We know Vancouver is a cesspool of political and law enforcement corruption
complete with illegal activity and cover-ups.
We know, per capita, Vancouver boasts more millionaires than anywhere
We know Vancouver also has the poorest people in all of Canada.
We know average people are being driven out of Vancouver due to high costs.
We know young people will never be able to afford a home in Vancouver.
We know it will get worse before, or more accurately, "if" it gets better.
We know there will be more homeless people in BC during the 2010 Games
than there will be athletes. In fact as of December 2007, it is estimated
there are already 10,000 homeless in our BC province of 4.4 million. In
2005, the number of homeless was only about 2,200.
We know the scenery surrounding Vancouver is beautiful, but there are
not even remotely enough well paying jobs to support the extremely high
cost of living caused by 2010 Olympics hype.
We know when the 2010 Olympic Bid was won homelessness increased dramatically
in a few short years, and we know it happens like this in almost all Olympics
regions. We also know politicians and local news media knew this would
happen, but they did nothing to prevent the carnage, in fact, they made
it worse in their scramble to improve their political position and net
We know Vancouverites vote for politicians out of desperation and pity,
and not due to competence.
We know the Premier of BC, Gordon Campbell, was arrested, charged and
convicted of drinking and driving while he was in office, and unbelievably
was voted back for a second term.
We know BC has the highest rate of drinking and driving in Canada.
We know Vancouver ignores the mentally ill and destitute and forces them
to live in third world squalor on the street, and that until 2010 came
along, and because most Vancouver residents were struggling with their
own economic issues, they didn't care.
We know that for ten plus years BC was considered a "have-not" province,
and in all likelihood will be awarded this crown once more due to oppressive
taxes driven up by the 2010 Olympics.
We know that the last three Olympics regions never benefited even remotely
in the manner they expected after hosting their Games.
We know the primary reason Vancouver residents now care about the homeless
and mentally ill is because the world is watching, and journalists like
Dan Rather are complaining and making us look like fools.
We know journalists like Dan Rather intimidate local news companies, because
journalists like Rather report information local news media hide.
We know the 2010 Olympics is nothing like Expo 86, but that local news
media try to convince us it is the same. It is only the same respective
of the number of marginalized people it displaces.
We know local news media ignored the plight of Vancouver's poor until
blogs like this forced them to report more accurately about what has been
swept under the rug for more than twenty years.
We know blogs like OlyBLOG.com and social media sites like Facebook give
tremendous power to small companies.
We know Vancouver has more car thefts, house burglaries, and per capita
crimes causing bodily harm than any other city in Canada.
We know Vancouver politicians talk about the homeless, but they do little
to fix the nightmare unless their back is against the wall and they risk
We know local mainstream news media ignored the overbearing crime rate
in Vancouver until the Olympics came along.
We know local mainstream news media now manufacture fear in the community
in order to justify spending more on the law enforcement needed to manage
Olympics crowds and threats related to terrorism.
We know Vancouver has been a perilous city for a long time, but that local
news media have fooled residents and tourists into thinking Vancouver
is the most livable city in the world.
We know small business owners hesitate to put pressure on local news media
to publish the truth because desperate and struggling small business owners
hope and pray that local news media will feature them in an article at
some future date.
We know small business owners feel guilty about ignoring their community,
but until the internet came along they felt like they had no cost effective
We know residents do not want the 2010 Olympics to continue to negatively
impact our region.
We know many Vancouver residents are already reaching around the world
via the internet to tell family, friends, and colleagues about our very
serious 2010 Olympics challenges.
We know if small business owners in Vancouver learn to leverage the internet
it will tip the scale and provide them with genuine bargaining power against
2010 Olympics organizations.
We know anti-Olympic related protest will become more violent as 2010
We know anti-Olympics protest is very costly to taxpayers and businesses.
We know more illegal drugs are grown, produced, and traded in British
Columbia than anywhere else in North America, and that until the Olympics
came along local news media, politicians and law enforcement not only
ignored it, but in some cases, romanticized and implied Vansterdam was
good for our economy.
We know organized crime manages the drug industry, and that they are firmly
entrenched and not about to give up their turf without a bloody, bloody
We know innocent Vancouver residents are being murdered in the crossfire.
We know politicians are panicking to clean up the mess they helped create
- before 2010 arrives.
We know the recent drug related shootings in restaurants and on Vancouver
streets are in large part a direct result of law enforcement putting increased
and severe pressure on gangs and their leaders.
We know Olympics sponsors like RBC, HBC, and Rona are generating incredible
revenue through their association with 2010, and that small business owners
and residents are paying for it.
We know that when the Games are mismanaged, many of the issues listed
here occur in all Olympics regions in the free world, but that local news
media, politicians, and law enforcement would like residents to believe
that none of these issues could be foreseen, and consequently prevented
by adopting better and more contemporary Olympics business practices.
We know that Olympics organizations, politicians, and local media purposely
infuse false complexity into Games preparations in order to hide their
greed and shortcomings. It's not as hard as they make it seem. It it were,
regions like Lillehammer or Los Angeles wouldn't be so successful. Not
all Olympics events cause the Host residents so much grief.
We know Olympics organizations want Vancouverites to think they are special.
We know Olympic organizations pay universities well for a variety of services.
We know VANOC has convinced local universities to shut down during the
Olympics so they can conscript students as Volunteers.
We know that when Vancouver region university students graduating in 2010
realize how the Olympics will negatively impact their last semester they
will react swiftly.
We know university students know Facebook and YouTube better than anyone.
We know Olympics sponsors would not get onboard if they knew they had
to act responsibly towards our community, so they also pretend these issues
do not exist, and they hope residents will not connect them to the carnage.
We know the internet allows anyone to think local and act global.
We know local/global leverage scares Olympics organizations and their
We know the IOC remains secretive because they do not want residents to
know the Olympics business model is outdated, poorly designed, and often
We know VANOC feels guilty, because they never, adequately address these
We know past residents in Host regions were held hostage by Olympics organizations
because residents had no way to cost effectively speak out and voice their
We know the internet can put incredible pressure on Olympics sponsors
to respect our community, and if local news media refuse to protect us,
we can now easily and economically reach around the world to show everyone
through Facebook and YouTube what is happening in Vancouver.
We know when smart Vancouver and Whistler residents finally understand
how hurtful the outdated Olympics business model is to our community,
they will not want to contribute to the carnage, and will refuse to volunteer.
We know many Olympics Volunteers quit after only one day on the job.
We know it costs Olympics Volunteers a few thousand dollars each when
they take into account; time off work for training and the multiple weeks
of service at their assigned posts, transportation to their volunteer
positions, the high cost of poor quality food, and also overpriced commune-like
accommodations when Volunteers realize it is too hard to travel in a chaotic,
security oppressed, and anti-terrorist Olympics region. Olympic organizations
do not make it clear enough up front how challenging and expensive it
really is and that these expenses are the responsibility of each Volunteer.
We know Olympics organizations like VANOC raid employees from local businesses
and leave many small companies without enough employees to operate, which
means they sometimes have to shut down their businesses for the entire
run of the Games, and do so without notice.
We know anti-terrorist issues erupt at the last minute, which causes the
military to force businesses to close in the vicinity of Olympics facilities
or on major routes, sometimes for the entire run of the Games.
We know business owners are never compensated when they are forced to
close, whether it is due to terrorist threat or the building of Olympics
related facilities and infrastructure. Businesses on Cambie are perfect
We know businesses owners sleep on their premises throughout the entire
run of the Games in order to protect their property because it is impossible
to hire private security.
We know thousands of people clashed in very violent protest on the streets
in Athens during the Olympics in 2004, but that news media failed to report
it in a responsible timely manner.
We know, that except in very rare one-time situations manufactured for
news media, Volunteers are never given FREE tickets to the Olympic events
they actually want to attend.
We know, that except in very rare one-time situations manufactured for
news media, Volunteers are never provided an opportunity to PURCHASE good
tickets to Olympic events they want to attend.
We know that without Volunteers, Olympics organizations will have to ask
sponsors like RBC, HBC, and Rona to provide more funds to manage the Games.
Unfortunately, we know sponsors very rarely, if ever, give more to help
struggling regions. So instead, VANOC will go to the government for more
tax money at the eleventh hour - which is exactly what happened at the
last three Olympic Games.
We know our governments will never allow Canada, BC, or Vancouver/Whistler
to be embarrassed on a world stage, so consequently they will give VANOC
more tax money regardless of the amount requested.
We know sponsors like RBC, HBC, and Rona make a fortune as a result of
their association with the Games, but that they are hesitant to invest
more funds into the program because it raises the ire of their shareholders.
We know when shareholders see dividends drop, they sell their shares.
When they dump their shares the value of the stock decreases.
We know that aware and informed people do not consider it as prestigious
as it was in the past to be recognized as an Olympics sponsor.
We know it is not as cool as it used to be to walk around with an Olympics
logo on your t-shirt, nor is it safe, especially in the Host country.
We know many large corporations cannot be trusted. Conrad Black and partner
David Radler, former owners and publishers of the Vancouver Sun respectively,
are perfect recent examples.
We know local residents pay the greatest price for the Olympics, but they
do not benefit in the manner they were led to believe during the bid.
We know it is unethical, and in some cases, immoral, and maybe even illegal
to hide Olympics related information from residents and Volunteers.
We know Vancouver residents are smart enough to figure all this out before
it is too late. Actually, we don't know. The best we can do is hope.
We know international magazines mistakenly report that Vancouver is the
most livable city in the world, and we also know many Vancouver citizens
strenuously disagree, especially those forced to leave due to high taxes,
inflated property values, and low paying jobs, which we happen to have
more of per capita than anywhere else in Canada.
We know federal and provincial governments, which are Olympic partners,
will not move proactively unless they are embarrassed on the world stage.
We know municipal governments, which are also Olympic partners, get stuck
in the middle due to lack of political sophistication, naivety - and of
course, personal greed.
We know Carole Taylor does not want to be the Vancouver mayor during the
2010 Games partially because it would be a nightmare to adopt the mess
current mayor Sam Sullivan helped create. Considering she's currently
British Columbia's Finance Minister, she knows how to add, and 2010 does
not add up.
We know Vancouver's homeless, drug, and crime issues already embarrass
the federal government, and that is why we have so much turmoil in our
community. They are trying to fix everything in a rush.
We know getting anything done in a rush is extremely expensive.
We know social media, citizen journalism, crowd sourcing, and blogs will
evolve to maturity just as the 2010 Olympics go live.
We know YouTube and Facebook are powerful tools anyone can leverage.
We know if they play their cards right, for the first time in history,
Vancouver's 2010 Olympics Host region residents will wield more control
over the Olympics than the IOC, their partners, and sponsors combined.
We know that residents with a global voice in a Host region scare Olympics
organizations more than anything except terrorism. The IOC has decades
of experience easily managing protest, as evidenced at Eagleridge Bluffs,
or regarding the violent protest respective of the homeless on the Downtown
Eastside, but they cannot handle the truth when it's broadcast on YouTube
We know if you have to pay for 2010, you should benefit too.
We know you can do it if you think differently.
"We know" means, we have documented evidence to back up
the statements in this article. If you doubt anything we state here, please
and we'd be glad to elaborate.
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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."