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Understanding the Olympics as part of corporate culture Mullins, Garth


As part of Green Colleges The Olympic Games in Myth and Reality Series, Vancouver will soon host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, promoted by the organizers and government as a major benefit for Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada. Yet negative impacts of the Games are already being felt: cost overruns have become routine; the Athletes Village risks making the City of Vancouver insolvent; there has been environmental damage; unceded Indigenous land and resources are being exploited; and homelessness has increased by over 400% since 2003. These realities on the ground have added force to the arguments of Olympic resistance organizations, determined to protest the Games. The University of British Columbia is providing venues for several Olympic events, at considerable cost. Games security will significantly inhibit the movements of students and staff from January through March 2010. Webcast sponsored by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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