GlobalTV BC leads the Monday night broadcast with news about the elusive binder
We Canadians are so polite, who'da thunk we'd need help to impress foreign dignitaries? That's what many are asking after CityCaucus.com and GlobalTV broke the news of the coveted binder which came into our possession.
Since the story broke last night there has been a bit of a feeding frenzy on the etiquette handbook that even surprised us. The Vancouver Sun's Kelly Sinoski covered it, as did CBC News crediting the source back to us (which we much appreciate!). This morning I joined Rick Cluff on CBC Radio One's Early Edition for a few minutes on the handbook (mp3 interview), and Daniel discussed it on CKNW's Bill Good Show civic affairs panel, and on CBC Radio's Almanac.
The public reaction has been varied and strong. Some are put out at the cost, and consider it a frill. Others wonder why we Canucks need to mind our manners so much. Is it just more Vancouver being No Fun City? Shouldn't we be devoting more energy to fun, and less time on where to place our cutlery?
We suspect that this story might have some resonance for the public, while the City works hard to keep the binder out of other reporters' hands, and change the channel.
- post by Mike
UPDATE: After telling media all day Monday that the handbook was off-limits, City Hall have just sent out a press release stating they've produced a digital version and posted it online. The question is, why didn't they do that in the first place, and just post a digital copy?
Below is the release from the City:
City Protocol Manual Available
The City of Vancouver has released the City’s Protocol Manual, a document that outlines the courtesies and steps protocol officers will take to welcome visiting heads of state and dignitaries from over 80 countries to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The City’s protocol training program marks the first time Games partners have come together to offer a centralized protocol service for visitors to an Olympic Games.
The City of Vancouver led the development of the program and provided training to about 200 Government of Canada (including the RCMP VIP detail), Province of BC, Richmond, Whistler, VANOC and Four Host First Nations protocol staff.
The manual covers the international standards for hosting heads of state, royalty and other dignitaries. It includes appropriate greetings, ways to address elected officials and dignitaries, the placement of flags, speaking order at events, event planning and other etiquette tips.
The City of Vancouver led the development of the training materials and delivered the training to the protocol officers. The City’s protocol team is recognized as one of the most experienced in the country.
More than 50 City of Vancouver staff will support the protocol program aided by another 150 personnel from the federal and provincial governments, venue municipalities of Richmond and Whistler, VANOC and the Four Host First Nations.