Forum to look at impact of Olympic Games

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The opposite of the NPA
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.

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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

Media - 778-895-5640
www.olympicsforall.ca
Video Update - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVQcnEM7byI

1 Comment

Kudos to them Mike! With no resources, no "pork and barrel" sponsorship from well to do developers or American sponsors it's the least these people can do. Inform YOU and ME about the many unknown agendas of these Horrolympic Circus. It's a disgrace for the MSM of this city to keep them in the shadow the way they did. I know that advertising dollars are more attractive but if you don't report the news the honest way, maybe it's about the right time to get out of this game.
Thanks for the info.re. the workshops by the way!
" 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."
Neutered politically...tz,tz,tz, not a good choice of words I may say, I don't think any of them were trying to score any political points, Mike. They are good people trying to do something that it may appear too hard to comprehend if you are one of those fat, double-breasted suits, silver cuff-links wearers.
And I agree with you, Vancouver Vision is a costumed NPA on Halloween night. A three years long night, however, but hey, it’s their night. COPE is dead no question about that; they just don't know it or want to acknowledge it yet. The smell is bad, it can be sensed from as far as Copenhagen with or without Cadman in the vicinity. No pimpled face COPE executive is going to get close to a lollipop next election if they don't act like a municipal party again... you know, mayoral candidate and the whole ten yards. I mean grow a spine, brain... And NO SUCKING UP to VVision again. OK, on another topic, do you know where can I get a set of really good earplugs? With the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) coming to a street near you (but being disabled as I am writing this, by our local darling police), one cannot be cautious enough!
We live in Vancouver and this keeps us busy.

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