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  1. We will see, from this September 27 IOC article: Link: IOC: Record Number Of Attendees At The First World Press Briefing In Beijing
  2. Wow. Did the IOC website guys take a long break or something? Talk about revealing the news "after the fact": Link: IOC: Paralympic Games Mascot And Logo Launched
  3. Talk about revealing the news "after the fact": Link: IOC: Paralympic Games Mascot And Logo Launched
  4. Well, dave199, as some Canadians will say this, "That's Global TV's POV." It was not my idea to say that. Like my local news, Global and otherwise, kept on having that Stats Can data mentioned as "top news" on that day. Never mind the ever-growing "media headache" of mentioning of the economic boom day in and day out here from business news, newspapers and other media outlets, too. Getting back into topic here. Yes, mr.x, it makes me wonder what they had for breakfast every day. They had their big chance to show their case and, practically, they lost. Guess democracy doesn't go well with some people.
  5. Ho hum. With "her" province losing people in the latest Canadian census to BC AND Alberta OVERALL, it makes me wonder how people like her are liking the idea that the economic powers of Canada is slowing shifting to the West as a consequence. You see, my local news has been "bragging" the idea over the fact that BC, Alberta and Nunavut were the only provinces/territories to gain people in the latest Stats Can population data while the rest, including her Ontario, lost people. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know why. And, to boot, I am still getting cock about that the Calgary Games lost money overall. Like, they are still complaining about a Games that occurred over 18 years ago?? GEEZZZZ!!! Like, get your narrow-minded heads out of the dirt once in a while. It is hard enough for Calgary AND Vancouver to deal with economic growth that is causing other problems with it right now. On top of that, the last thing VANOC needs now is whiners that cannot figure out what is really going on around them. Besides, I wonder how Chris Shaw's house is worth right now?
  6. Well, mr.x, with that article about Shaw and "co." going through with potential threats like that, don't be surprised if he or some of those guys think Igali is a multi-millionaire who took advantage of the Canadian refugee system.
  7. I think some of the funding could come from the BC versions of these sports federations that could be derived from the Canadian national ones. For example, hopefully showing the right link(s) here, some of the money needed to make this possible could come from this entity: SportBC After the Vancouver 2010 Games is over, this overall entity could have more sports added to it because of the Games. For example, with this link, I do not see a bobsleigh/luge/skeleton entity here as of this time. With hope that the Vancouver winter venues will be around for a long while after 2010, the province can have its own bobsleigh/luge/skeleton club(s) for athlete development, like what Alberta has now because of Calgary 1988.
  8. And, if the Calgary Games was so into debt, as a couple of those posters claimed in that link, then how in the world did Canada do so well in the subsequent Olympic Winter Games since then? The venues, however old in various degrees, is still in overall good health for the time span since 1988 until now. Sure, the initial investment is not going to be so fruitful at first, but it doesn't mean that the venture dies after the event is over. I think these misinformed people think that these athletes are rich, too? RICH? Like, give me a break!
  9. Found another one, but I don't know how long this was known, too. In the 2008-2009 season for biathlon (IBU), Vancouver will stage the SEVENTH World Cup event (out of the 10 for this season) in this sport. Since this event is slated for that time, the dates are obviously not known for now. Of course, the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships will be held in the city, too.
  10. Well, mr.x and others interested, it seems that the list of test events for the Vancouver 2010 venues has now started. I know I'm probably behind the times on this, but I guess I will start with this one, compliments of the ISU. For 2009, the Richmond venue will host the World Singles Distance LONG-TRACK Speed Skating Championships. It is PROVISIONALLY slated for mid-March of this year (2009). I'm sure that it will come to pass and this current news came from an ISU communique #1421 that was dated September 21st. As for other possible test events for Vancouver 2010, you can post them here from what you have seen and known before now.
  11. Well, don't forget about the idea for the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, too.
  12. CBC has a web link dedicated to asking opinions about Vancouver 2010's costs. Do you think there will be worries about cost overruns? If you want to "voice" your opinion here, please come to this link: YOUR VIEW: "Vancouver 2010: Are You Worried About Olympic-Sized Cost Overruns?"
  13. Who knows, mr.x. Especially you know who is trying to scare people in believing that the Vancouver Games is going to cost the city like the way the Montreal 1976 Games went. I didn't hear the news correctly, but "he" says that the cost of the Games could be in the TENS of billions of dollars in the end.
  14. Say, mr.x, any news from the World Urban Forum there in Vancouver? From what I heard in the news, the reason the conference is being hosted in the city is because of its consistent ranking of being one of the most livable cities in the world, as you and a couple of others have posted here in the past. As such, Vancouver is an example of how to manage urban growth.
  15. Well, mr.x, it seems that the need for some of the Calgary LRT system to be moved underground may be in most preliminary stages. I have only caught the tail end of a local radio program yesterday that states that, if Calgary continues to grow the way it has been for the past 5 years, then there could be pressure to put the downtown section of the LRT (at least) underground much faster than the anticipated long-term planning of doing so. However, it is not in any mainstream local city news yet. I tried to look for these news from other sources, but it seems that City Hall, Calgary Transit and others are being mum about the idea right now. Perhaps it could be nothing, but I think it will be inevitable that this course of action will be the next logical step for "large city efficiency."
  16. SmartCard, huh? This idea has remotely reminded me of the way the NYC's Metro mass transit system (busses, subway, etc.) uses what they call the "MetroCard" for the public to use to gain access to those transportation services. It took a few years to change the fare system there from a coin/token turnstile one to the current magnetic card idea now.
  17. BBC article: Beijing Gets Top Marks From IOC
  18. A repeat posting of this link: Beijing 2008: Good Progress, Spectacular Venues
  19. Thanks, mr.x. Yes, Calgary does have an effective LRT system now, but because there is so much land available for the city to put one almost all on grade on all lines. But, with the way it is planned now and for the future, I don't think a "bottleneck line" at the downtown core is going to cut it. Never mind the idiots that don't watch where they are going and get into a crash or get killed by these trains at the many possible road-rail and pedestrian-rail intersections in the city. However, Vancouver is one city that seems to know about using such land effectively for maximum usage without unnecessary waste of it. Therefore, your city should have the kind of mass transit Toronto and Montreal has. In fact, I'm glad that Vancouver City Hall is strong-willed in pushing for more mass transit infrastructure, despite the costs that will placed on all users of it.
  20. Welcome to these forums, deasine. Not to patronize you people over there in the Vancouver area about mass transit, but it is a good idea to have more SkyTrain services to me rather than a LRT system. From where I live, it is going to be inevitable about my city going to convert from its LRT to some form of "subway" because it is growing so rapidly. The LRT system it currently has is so beyond comprehension that I don't know where the city planners got their credentials from. To me, this is so sad that these sort of things are being managed by the fly without real and concrete planning for the future. Trouble is that it keeps on happening, when it should not have to.
  21. Not all of the trees will be chopped down, only 15% the trees and it's only about 300 trees. The other 85% is being relocated and will be planted again after construction. That is very good, mr.x. It will be an inconvenience at this time, but it will be great to see the replanted trees there again.
  22. That Canada Line will be used a lot, once it starts operation. However, I find it really bad that trees that had to be taken out to make way for the project was a subject of protest by some people. Well, once it is done, I hope the areas affected will be re-beautified as best as they can.
  23. With so much music talent Canada has, it would be odd to have someone from outside the country to do the singing at the ceremonies.
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