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City of Vancouver puts troubled Olympic Village into receivership

The City of Vancouver announced Wednesday that Ernst and Young was assuming control of the Millennium Southeast False Creek Properties and the Millennium Water development. Read more…

 

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2010 Games over, but financial clean up far from it

Vancouver's recession-rocked Olympic committee needs more time to clean up its books. Read more…

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'Greenest Games' had diesel-burning, American bus fleet

More than 1,000 buses from around North America used at the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics were driven a combined 5.1 million kilometres to and from Vancouver.

“These were supposed to be the ‘greenest Games ever’,” said Olympic critic and Five Ring Circus author Chris Shaw. “What a joke.” Read more…

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Coroner recommends safety audits following Olympic luge death

The coroner's report on the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games makes recommendations to improve safety at the Whistler track and for luge races in general. Read more…


Premier's UBCM speech recalls Olympic glory

Premier Gordon Campbell gave a speech to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Whistler focused on remembering the glory and spirit of last February's Winter Olympics, that critics said offered little new. Read more…

Olympic Village woes continue

The scheduled Saturday marketing relaunch of the Olympic Village is on hold until sometime in October as the future of its developer seems foggy. Read more…

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Metro streetcar strategy starts to roll

Those seeking to restore streetcar service to Metro Vancouver appear to have gained new options this week as regional mayors moved to end a funding standoff with the province. Read more…

Block Bell's CTV buy, say open media advocates

Bell Canada’s move to become sole owner of CTV, the top broadcaster in Canada, is causing media democracy advocates to raise alarms. Read more…

Minister Coleman involved in Games liquor closures

Documents obtained by 24 Hours Vancouver under Freedom of Information requests show minister responsible Rich Coleman weighed in on liquor store closures during the 2010 Games, even before officials conferred with the Vancouver Police and city hall. Read more…

VANOC's motorcoach madness down south

The owner of a Fort Worth, Texas bus company is fuming because negotiations between VANOC and Olympic bus contractor Gameday Management keep stalling. Read more…

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Social housing activists hold sit-in at former Olympic athletes village

Housing advocates staged a short-lived sit-in at the former site of Vancouver's Olympic athletes' village on Thursday to protest the lack of affordable and social housing in the massive condo development. Read more…

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BC Hydro put $100,000+ managers to work on low-level Olympics jobs

Would you pay an employee $140,000 a year to sell event tickets? That’s what BC Hydro did for the 2010 Olympic Games. Read more…

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Olympic protesters complaint to cops dismissed

Victoria’s Police Chief did not breach public trust, according to a June 16 Police Complaint Commission probe of Jamie Graham’s revelation that an undercover cop drove protesters to the first Olympic torch relay protest. Read more…

Olympic budget blown by $325 million

British Columbia's government spent $325 million more on the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics than originally promised.

The $925.2 million bill to taxpayers was disclosed in an unaudited Friday report and included a $50 million bailout for the recession-rocked Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee. Read more…

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HST point man Hansen is Olympic minister again

Guess who is British Columbia's Olympic minister again?

Premier Gordon Campbell quietly handed Finance Minister Colin Hansen the Olympic Games Secretariat portfolio via order-in-council on June 30, the eve of the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax. Read more…

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Olympic cauldron, now with spy camera

While technicians installed a spy camera under the Olympic cauldron’s central burner, Downtown Eastside activist Robert Bonner passed the Poverty Olympics torch to English anti-poverty activist Elizabeth Hogg. Read more…

Intrawest approaches Russian to buy Whistler Blackcomb: Wall Street Journal

Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin, reportedly a driving force behind Sochi's bid for the 2014 Games, is a potential purchaser for the company's hottest property. Read more…

City hall won't release names of invitees to Olympic bash

Staff claim it would be an invasion of privacy to release the names of guests to the city's Olympic pavilion at David Lam Park. Read more…

PavCo spent $20,404 on Olympic tix

The British Columbia Crown corporation that manages B.C. Place stadium and the Vancouver Convention Centre gave out $20,404.91 worth of Olympic tickets. Read more…

Province to pay VANOC $10M for Olympic assets

A copy of the asset purchase agreement between the Citizens' Services ministry and VANOC, obtained via Freedom of Information, said VANOC spent $33.5 million on chairs, tables, TVs, computers, shovels, brooms and other items through Nov. 27, 2009. Read more…

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