The mirror-opposite of the NPA are gathering next Monday on the social impact of the 2010 Games
First there was the event held last Saturday, organized by a group of people with NPA ties. Now their political opposites are gathering together to take another kick at one of their favourite whipping posts, the 2010 Games.
You don't hear about these folks a lot lately. They probably don't realize that they've been neutered politically. With COPE accommodating Vision, and Vision looking more NPA than the NPA ever did, Vancouver's once boisterous Left have fallen between the cracks.
Can a group of social activists have any influence on how the 2010 Games are staged at this late hour? It will be interesting if people like David Eby, Wendy Pederson, Am Johal, or representatives of the West End Residents Association and Pivot Legal can turn two nights of talk into anything constructive when we're mere weeks away from the start of the Games.
And kudos to Monte Paulsen for having the stamina to attend another event like this.
Here below is the group's release:
IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES COALITION TO HOST TWO PUBLIC FORUMS NEXT WEEK
The Impact on Communities Coalition will be hosting two public forums next week on the impact of the 2010 Olympic Games. The first one will be on housing and homelessness and the second one will be on security and civil liberties:
Audio feeds will be available for media:
The Right to the City: Housing, Homelessness and the 2010 Olympics
Monday, November 23rd, 7-9pm, Fletcher Challenge Theater, SFU Harbour Centre
A Public Forum Hosted by the Impact on Communities Coalition
Reverend Ric Matthews, First United Church
Christine Ackermann, West End Residents Association
Wendy Pederson, Carnegie Community Action Project
Nathan Edelson, Former Senior Planner, City of Vancouver
Martha Lewis, Tenants Resource Advisory Centre
Am Johal, Impact on Communities Coalition
David Dennis, United Native Nations
Monte Paulsen, Investigative Editor, The Tyee
Christine Smith-Parnell, Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Society
Moderated by Stefanie Ratjen, Board Member, Impact on Communities Coalition
When the Olympic bid process was underway, the Inner City Inclusive Commitment was signed in 2003 and included commitments around a housing legacy and protection from Olympic related evictions. This panel will look at the impacts of the 2010 Olympics on housing and other urbanization processes underway in Vancouver including the crisis of affordability, the proliferation of homelessness and loopholes in tenancy legislation which are resulting in evictions.
Security, Civil Liberties and the 2010 Olympics: A Public Forum Hosted by the Impact on Communities Coalition
Thursday, November 26th, 7-9pm, Fletcher Challenge Theater, SFU Harbour Centre
David Eby, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association
Stefanie Ratjen, Board member, Impact on Communities Coalition
Laura Track, Housing Campaigner, Pivot Legal Society
Alissa Westergard-Thorpe, Olympic critic
Representative from the Integrated Security Unit
Geoff Meggs, Vancouver City Councillor
Steve Sweeney, Vancouver Police Department
Bill Cooper, Director of Commercial Rights Management, VANOC
Moderated by Am Johal, Impact on Communities Coalition