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The Olympic excitement begins

February 20th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I know some of you, my blog readers, are perhaps not completely in the Olympics “party” mode at the moment, but here’s a reminder — culled from Kwantlen university’s “special events” calendar — of how others are viewing this. I leave it up to you to post your ironic suggestions for additions to this tour.

Tour of Olympic Venues

Open to Members and Non-Members
An Adventure for “Has Been” and “Wannabe” Athletes


Be part of the pre-Olympic excitement as Vancouver prepares to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

This program will focus on the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and the resort community of Whistler, giving us an unparalleled view which will be accessible to few people in our age group. In Vancouver we will visit the skating oval, snowboard venue, and the athletes’ village. A trip to Whistler will spotlight the ski locations and the environmental aspects of the 2010 Olympics. While there, we will:

  • examine the plans to implement sustainable environmental principles for the games
  • visit a mountain peak venue and learn about various Olympic sports
  • listen while local organizers share thoughts of hosting a world-class event
  • hear the Olympic Whistler Arts Council and Paralympic story

This three and a half day program includes:

  • transportation by bus, Rocky Mountaineer train, and gondola
  • 3 nights’ accommodation, one night at the Executive Hotel in downtown Vancouver, and two nights in Whistler (hotel TBA)
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners

Dates: Mon May 25 to Thu May 28, 2009
Cost: $1000 plus GST per person, double occupancy, for 20-26 participants
$1100 plus GST per person, double occupancy, for 15-19 participants
Single occupancy TBA
Group Size: Minimum 15, maximum 26

Activity Level:
Expect to walk up to 3 km on varied terrain and be outside and standing while listening to speakers at the venue sites.


Registration and payment: Roy Jantzen
52 – 181 Ravine Drive,
Port Moody, V3H 4T3

Please Register By: Jan 30, 2009 with $200 deposit.
Final payment due Mar 30, 2009

Registrations will be taken after January 20, but there is a need to know if we meet the minimum requirement, so please try to register early. Cheques payable to Roy Jantzen.

For more information: Wendy Fidgeon


Note: If you decide to drive and park in Vancouver for this program, an additional parking cost of $12/day will apply at the hotel. $15 for valet parking. If you would like to stay in Vancouver for the night, either before or after the program, the charge is $96 per night, per person, double occupancy. Make your own booking.

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  • Joseph Jones

    Take a side trip to Sutikalh and find out something about why the primary slogan of the Olympic Resistance Network is “No 2010 Olympics on Stolen Native Land”

  • gmgw

    I can suggest a fascinating, fun, and educational addition to this itinerary: Take a a group tour of emergency wards in hospitals around the Lower Mainland. Count the number of people with broken limbs and other non-life-threatening injuries who are spending their second and even third night sleeping on stretchers in hallways because there’s no beds available in the wards (and because so many wards are closed because there’s insufficient staff to manage them). Count the number of confused elderly patients kept doped to the gills so they don’t go crazy from the wait and the pain. Watch the overtaxed staff doing a sometimes heroic job of trying to cope with completely inadequate levels of equipment, space, and funding. See the look on the nurses’ faces when you ask how much longer it might be, and reflect on how difficult it must be for them to restrain themselves when asked a question like that for the fiftieth time that shift (they think even less highly of the state of health care in this province than you do). Think how you would feel if it was your elderly mother lying there with a shoulder fractured in a fall, groaning in pain and unable to understand why no one can tell her, even after two days of waiting, when she might get her surgery, or at least just a proper bed in a 4-bed ward with a bathroom and some relative peace and quiet.
    After all this (which is merely a partial recounting of some personal experiences in Peace Arch Hospital last summer), try to imagine how you might react if some knuckle-dragging, happy, glazed-looking cretin was to ask you if you’re excited about the Olympics and are going to volunteer.
    This city, and this province, has its priorities so screwed up it’s beyond comprehension.
    Health care before Olympics!! Bread, not circuses!!!!

  • Seems like a pretty good deal. The Olympic venues are quite spectacular, from what I’ve seen.

  • Rebecca

    You know, JJ, I walked on the new waterfront a couple of days ago and saw those red stickers posted all over the place. Imagine…a new waterfront created from BACKFILL!! While your cause is interesting to some, it’s not interesting to those if all your group does it stick stickers all over everything not even related to your cause.

    Health..aahh, yes, the issue of hospitals is a constant but guess what gmgw, the Olympics are coming, many families/kids are excited about it’s arrival. One of the big issues is the public overtaxing the Dr’s and clinics with every little issue that they have…sneezing, coughing, fever…off they run to the Dr./clinic/hospital! I walked into a clinic once last year with my kid and there is a 2 hour wait list with people and the flu!

    My kids are going to Olympics and are excited about it. They love sports, are proud that it’s coming here.

  • gmgw

    Rebecca, I’ve spent more time than I want to in emergency wards– seldom as a patient, fortunately– and I can assure you that I have never seen anyone coming into one complaining of a cold. One of the reasons you do see a lot of people in clinics with colds and flu, however, is that most GPs are not taking new patients these days, having more than they can handle already, and clinics are pretty much the only alternative. Be that as it may, I’d like to think that even smug middle-class sporty twits like you would grant that an 89-year-old woman with osteoporosis, a broken shoulder and smashed teeth and cheekbones from where she hit the pavement should probably not be accused of “overtaxing the system” by being rushed into emergency by ambulance. But hey, as you sagely observe, “the issue of hospitals is a constant”. And “the poor are always with you”, “you can’t fight city hall”, and “somebody should do something about all those lazy bastards on welfare”, as well, huh? Anyway, enjoy your little multibillion dollar bash a year from now. I hope your life won’t seem too empty when the big obscenity is finally over and the bills come due. As for me, I’m hoping for the rainiest, warmest winter on record, with a 3000-metre freezing level (having finally, if reluctantly, accepted that an invasion of Whistler by an army of rabid, starving wolverines during the O’s is unlikely). Now *that* would excite (and delight) me.