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Bud Mercer, the Olympics' Top Cop

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He was on the frontlines of some of B.C.'s most notorious moments of civil unrest, and now the security of the 2010 Olympic Games -- and the nation's reputation for peace, order and good government -- may well rest on the decisions he makes if tensions arise during the games. Geoff Dembicki of The Tyee and Bob Mackin of 24 Hours Vancouver collaborate on an in-depth four-part series looking at Mercer's controversial past, and present responsibilities.

In This Series

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Olympics' Top Cop Helped Blow up Truck at Gustafsen Stand-off

RCMP's Bud Mercer was in the thick of several famous clashes with dissenters. This story, with video of the exploding truck, is first in a series.

By Geoff Dembicki and Bob Mackin, 20 Oct 2009


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Olympic Security Chief Likes to 'Be out Front'

In command of 6,000, Bud Mercer will be making decisions under a global microscope.

By Geoff Dembicki and Bob Mackin, 21 Oct 2009


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Mercer Blasted APEC Protesters with Pepper Spray

Commission slammed Mounties' hair trigger use of force at 1997 summit. Third in a series profiling the 2010 Olympics' top cop.

By Bob Mackin and Geoff Dembicki, 22 Oct 2009


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Mercer Led Raid on 'War in Woods' Tree-Sitters

2010 Games security chief is a veteran of clashes with anti-logging protesters.

By Geoff Dembicki and Bob Mackin, 23 Oct 2009


Trudeau’s New Budget and the Cult of Home Ownership

Low-income Canadians will soon help their more affluent neighbours buy homes. Why?

By Paul Willcocks