City of Vancouver's collective response to 1-year Games milestone
"That's a good question," says Mayor Robertson. "We gotta kick the fun into gear here."
Sometimes you just have to wonder why Mayor Gregor Robertson's people let him talk to the media. At least a deer knows when he's stepped in front of a semi. Take for example the uncomfortable response Gregor gives to CTV's Shannon Patterson on last night's news.
"Tomorrow there isn't big parties all across the city. There's so much energy focused on pulling the Games together, and the venues specifically, so all of the focus has been there in preparing. Unfortunately no work has been done for the big public celebration."
There isn't parties indeed, Mayor. Is it because you blew the budget on your self-congratulatory inauguration that maybe 400 people attended that you have no budget for celebrating this huge milestone for Vancouver? Gregor & his Vision/COPE buddies managed to pull together an $85 thousand dollar party to celebrate himself in less than 2 weeks after Election Day, but he apparently couldn't find time to celebrate the one year countdown 3 months later.
At least little Ken Melamed up in Whistler gets it. He's hosting a great bash today, an outdoor concert with dignitaries and politicians in attendance. And the City of Richmond is hosting a great event today at their new gorgeous skating oval!
How long have we been working on building up to this Olympic party? A decade?
As Paterson points out in her great piece, Beijing had a huge party to celebrate the one-year countdown for their amazing 2008 summer games. Vancouver? Pfft.
Instead, Robertson continues apace talking about problems with the games and the city's financial risks, but now to international media. Nice sales job, Mayor.
Actually, to be fair, Robertson is involved in some sort of acknowledgement of this important anniversary.
At 10am Mayor Gregor Robertson plays floor hockey with Olympic athletes, mascots and students at Lord Strathcona Elementary. Floor hockey? If you think the women's ski jumping is going to have a hard time getting into the Winter games, a stick, a rubber ball and a hardwood floor hasn't got a chance.