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  1. A slightly longer article: http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/article.jsp?c...927_180737_4940 how exactly do all these nimby's plan on boycotting the games? Are they going to boycott Vancouver and leave forever? Because I'd have no problem with that....
  2. They're people who watch CBC. What do you expect?
  3. what is it they're building on the northwest side behind BC place (the stuff in the foreground of those pictures)? That's not part of the village is it?
  4. I don't really think it has much to do with the number of people for or against it. It's the govt, at whatever level the issue concerns. They all seem to think that every single person needs to be able to have their say on the matter. Obviously everyone's opinion is important, but the city doesn't need to hear it if it's the exact same as the last 100 people... If there's two clear sides to an issue, the govt. needs to do what they're elected to do, make decisions. Not pussyfoot around the issue and delay it for multiple months so they can complete a few more studies and reports that will only lead to more controversy and disputes. A perfect example is the Whitecaps stadium. If this were any other city, it would be in the process of being built right now, and would be ready for the FIFA WYC 2007. But as of now it looks like the absolute earliest possibility would be 2011. Like right now they're doing the study to see if there's a possiblity that it's feasable. Then if it comes back and there is a chance that it could be doable, they'll do an actual feasability study, then after that they'll have to get approval to start making the plans, then they'll have to get those plans approved, then blah blah blah....etc And for each process the city will give the same nimby's the same chance to give their same arguements again and again and just like what happened in June/July, a decision that could've been made in one meeting will get dragged out over 2-3 weeks.
  5. this city is absolutely retarded when it comes to these sorts of things
  6. looking back at page 1, why are they going with deciduous trees everywhere? Is everyone forgetting the fact that it'll be winter and they won't have leaves on them and it's not our computer, those pics don't work
  7. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/Organizing..._0608161126-783 Vancouver 2010 celebrates Paralympic Movement with free concert and launches new emblem to the world On September 16th, Whistler will be home to one of the strongest assemblies of Juno award-winning talent the mountain resort community has seen in recent history. Vancouver 2010 will celebrate the Paralympic Movement with a free concert that reveals the new 2010 Paralympic Winter Games emblem to the world. Juno award-winning stars set to perform include Manitoba’s Chantal Kreviazuk, three time Juno winner and one of Canada’s premiere singer songwriters and Toronto’s The Philosopher Kings, a mainstay on the Canadian music scene known for their smooth pop-hybrid melodies and high energy live performances. British Columbia’s musical talent will be featured through a combination of renowned artists, including Vancouver’s energetic Spirit of the West who have developed a fan base dedicated to following the band’s career over the span of 20 years and 12 albums; Vancouver blues legend and Juno award-winner Jim Byrnes who represented Canada in the Torino 2006 Paralympic Games closing ceremony and Victoria’s Jeremy Fisher whose smart lyrics and young, new sounds have captivated audiences across Canada. The free Saturday afternoon concert has been specifically designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages and particularly families. Seating will be unassigned and concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. The wheelchair-accessible concert area promises to be the site of great music and great memories for all. Washrooms and first aid will also be easily accessible on site. The outdoor concert and the historic unveiling of the 2010 Paralympic emblem will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Whistler Golf Course Driving Range which will be converted into an outdoor concert field. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on-site. The celebrations will be hosted by veteran Olympic Games television commentator Brian Williams and will feature a number of Canada’s top Paralympic athletes. Representatives from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia will also be in attendance along with dignitaries from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the City of Vancouver and Four Host First Nations. The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic emblem will join the 2010 Olympic Winter Games emblem – a stylized inukshuk – to form the core visual identity for the 2010 Winter Games. The concept of a unifying symbol for the Paralympic Movement dates to the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, which was also the first time that the Olympic and Paralympic Games were hosted by the same city. Seoul’s Paralympic emblem was modified and adopted as the symbol of the Paralympic Movement for many years, until the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) redesigned its look in 2004. The IPC’s three colour elements are called Agitos (from the Latin word for “I move”) in red, blue and green encircling a centre point. The elements represent the IPC’s role in bringing athletes from all corners of the world together and enabling them to compete. Spectator and event information will be updated and available at vancouver2010.com. For accommodations, visit whistler.com or call 1-800-WHISTLER. VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.
  8. Whitecaps win W-League Championship http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/sp...c2-64caa9408019 In her heart of hearts, Christine Sinclair remains the girl next door who grew up playing soccer in her native Burnaby. It's what makes Sinclair so endearing in every conversation about her career in the game -- a still-young career that reached another milestone Sunday evening. Playing in her first W-League final four playoff tournament, Sinclair scored the winning goal and played a part in the insurance tally, leading the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-0 triumph over the Ottawa Fury in the championship game at Swangard Stadium. It capped an outstanding final four performance by Sinclair, who scored twice in the Whitecaps' 5-0 trouncing of the Seattle Sounders Saints in last Friday's semifinal round, finished with a tournament-best three goals, and was a unanimous choice as tourney MVP. Where does the W-League crown rank in Sinclair's list of accomplishments in soccer? The 23-year-old striker didn't hesitate to answer. "This is home, so it's pretty important," she said after the Whitecaps ran a victory lap with the spoils before 4,218 fans. "Any time you get a chance to win a championship at home, it's a little more special. This is right up there with anything I've won in my career." Sinclair won NCAA Division I championships with the University of Portland Pilots in 2002 and 2005, and was twice named the Hermann Trophy winner as the NCAA's most outstanding female player. She established Pilots' and NCAA scoring records in the process, and was awarded the Honda-Broderick Cup as the NCAA's best female athlete earlier this year. But all of those accomplishments were achieved away from home. "This one was more fun," said Sinclair. "To be able to look up at the crowd and see your friends and family makes it a little more special. You want to play well in front of the people you know. It gives you a little more satisfaction." Sinclair finished her first full season in a Vancouver jersey with a Whitecaps-best 12 goals and four assists. But a team effort was required to defeat the Fury in the first all-Canada championship game in the league's 11-year history. Centre back Sasha Andrews made a major contribution, clearing a shot by prolific Fury striker Amy Vermeulen from an open net in the 17th minute and scoring the Whitecaps' third goal. The Fury came close to scoring again in the 26th minute, when Vermeulen struck a rising shot into the side netting, with goalkeeper Erin McLeod beaten. "It definitely would have been a different game if we had scored on those early chances," said Vermeulen, the runaway scoring leader in the playoffs with seven goals and one assist in five games. "We were unlucky not to have scored the first goal. We had the Whitecaps scrambling around a bit and should have taken advantage of those chances." Sinclair had the fans breathing easier when she opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, toeing home a set-up pass from fellow striker Tiffeny Milbrett. Fullback Martina Franko scored the insurance goal in first-half injury time, when she pounced on a rebound given up by Fury goalkeeper Leisha Alcia after she blocked a Sinclair shot. McLeod preserved her second tournament shutout when she made a foot save on a breakaway shot by Fury winger Rhian Wilkinson in the 53rd minute. Then Andrews, who was the Whitecaps' best all-round player in the title game, capped the win with a header goal in the 74th minute. It was the Whitecaps' second final four championship in three years. The 2004 team fashioned an undefeated record (17-0-1) en route to the title and this year's side was also unbeaten, at 13-0-1. It was an especially satisfying win for first-year head coach Bob Birarda, who used 38 players during the season because many of his charges had commitments with Canada's senior national and under-20 teams. That list includes Sinclair, a veteran with the senior side. "It was a great season for Christine and she deserves every honour she gets," said Birarda. "But this was also about our depth. I'm equally proud of every player that contributed to our success." GOAL DUST: Midfielder Lindsey Patterson's goal lifted Seattle to a 1-0 win over North Carolina's Charlotte Lady Eagles in the consolation game for third place earlier Sunday ... Sunday's final game attendance was the second largest in the six-year history of the Vancouver franchise. The Caps drew a franchise-record 4,437 fans to their season-opening game against Seattle this year.
  9. Whatever happened to the plans for that 90 story building in Surrey? I'm guessing it was just viewed as too unrealistic...
  10. Hopefully they'll be able to write "Stanley Cup Champions" on it sometime soon
  11. I wonder what they mean by "somewhat delayed"....
  12. Nash charity game a success in Vancouver Associated Press 7/22/2006 11:23:09 PM VANCOUVER (CP) - He had given a huge crowd what they wanted to see, plus raised money for charity, but Steve Nash still found time to worry Saturday night. ''I'm a little embarrassed,'' the two-time NBA MVP said following the Steve Nash Foundation Charity Classic basketball game. ''I feel like some people might wonder if I just threw this event so everyone could pat me on the back. I really wanted it to be about everybody and not just me. I wanted us all to come together and have a great time.'' He need not have worried. Victoria's Nash and some of his NBA pals put on a pretty good show. For the first three quarters there were rim-rattling dunks, slight-of-hand passes and grins all around. There was plenty of clowning, not much defence. For the final 12 minutes, the two sides played for real. Despite Nash scoring 14 points his West team lost 46-41, resulting in his side doing 20 pushups. The players had fun, the fans ate it up and the Steve Nash Foundation raised money to assist underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life. ''I'm exhausted,'' Nash said. ''Not only from playing but also from a very fulfilling week. ''I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the support. I feel like we've really proved this community means a lot to one another.'' The game was about four minutes old when the crowd got what it wanted to see. Nash sailed a behind-the-back pass high toward the net so Jackson Vroman could slam it home. Nash grinned and the crowd cheered. It was the first time NBA basketball had returned to Vancouver since the Grizzlies migrated to Memphis but Nash was the person most people came to see. The crowd of 16,112 at GM Place - more than attended most Grizzlies games - gave the Phoenix Suns guard a standing ovation before and after the game. There were chants of ''MVP, MVP.'' Andrew Risch was thrilled to get a Nash autograph and enthralled by the game. ''It's awesome,'' grinned the 12-year-old, decked out in a Phoenix jersey. ''It's so fast, back and forth.'' Yahya Nickpour came so his son Andrian could see Nash play. ''He's Canadian and he's proud to be Canadian,'' Nickpour said about Nash. After the game, Dallas Mavericks guard Michael Finley, a former Nash teammate, said it was good to be back in Vancouver. ''Vancouver has always been one of my favourite cities to visit and play in,'' he said. ''The fans truly love the game. They come out and cheer for all the right reasons.'' During halftime Nash was presented with the Naithsmith Foundation Sportsmanship Award. It's the 39th time the family of basketball inventor Dr. James Naithsmith has given out the award and only the second time to an active player. The first was to former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan. Nash arrived in Vancouver with his trademark long, flowing, black hair gone, replaced by a buzz cut. He quickly dashed any speculation he shed his skills with his locks by hitting teammates with blind passes and knocking down a couple long shots. Tickets for the game ranged from $500 at courtside to $10 up high in the rafters. Playing on Nash's West team was forward Walter McCarty of the L.A. Clippers; Finley; Vromana, a centre with the Hornets; forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili, a free agent who played for Phoenix; guard Devin Harris of Dallas; and one-time Vancouver Grizzlies guard Felipe Lopez. On the East team was guard Jay Williams, a former member of the Chicago Bulls; guard Raymond Felton of Charlotte; guard Fred Jones of Indiana; guard Morris Peterson of the Toronto Raptors; former Raptor Charlie Villanueva, a forward now playing for the Milwaukee Bucks; and guard Denham Brown, a Toronto native recently drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics; and centre Steven Hunter of Philadelphia. For Williams, it was his first game against NBA-calibre talent since a motorcycle in June 2003 that fractured his pelvis, tore up knee ligaments and damaged nerves in his left leg. The former No. 2 NBA draft pick out of Duke has worked out for about seven teams, including Toronto, but still hasn't signed. Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark performed the U.S. national anthem in English, then surprised many in the crowd by singing O Canada in her native language. Victoria-born Nelly Furtado, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who mentions Nash in one of her latest hits, was on hand and threw small, autographed basketballs into the crowd. Bedouin Soundclash played at half time. Nash, recently named one of Time Magazine's ''100 most influential people,'' said he didn't know how much money was raised but called the event a success. ''It gives it legs for the future and allows us to build on what we started,'' he said. ''It allows us to continue and get bigger and better and help more people.''
  13. Canada Line construction to cause traffic disruptions Jul, 24 2006 - 5:00 AM VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - Drivers along Vancouver's Cambie corridor will face a new set of delays for the next six months. Starting today the east lane of the street will be closed as Canada Line crews continue to build their cut-and-cover tunnel. Motorists will not be able to turn east, but a bridge will give pedestrians access to the area. Drivers are also be told to be prepared for more traffic pattern changes along King Edward Avenue. http://www.cknw.com/news/news_local.cfm?ca...=news_local.cfm
  14. Ladner was awesome today! Louie on the other hand.......
  15. The decision just happened, and it was..... YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Vancouver to host 2007 FIBA U19 men's world championship http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...ory/Sports/home Vancouver is already preparing to play host to the world for the Winter Olympics in 2010. Now the city is going to have to make room for some international basketball as well. In what is being hailed as a coup for Canada, Vancouver has been selected as the site for the 2007 under-19 men's world championship from July 12 to 22. “Canada Basketball is extremely proud to host an event that has always been a showcase of the best young basketball talent on the globe,” said Fred Nykamp, the executive director and chief executive officer of Canada Basketball, the organization that spearheaded the winning bid. The last event sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Basketball to be held in Canada was two years ago, when Halifax was the site for the Americas zone under-21 men's qualification tournament. The last time the country played host to a world championship was in 1994, when the men's world championship was held in Toronto. FIBA had also received bids from China and Italy before choosing Canada to host the premier tournament in the world for players under the age of 19, and Nykamp believes Vancouver will be the perfect city to hold the event. He said the pre-Olympic excitement unfolding in the Vancouver area made it the sensible choice for the basketball tournament, which will involve 16 countries, including Canada, which qualified just last week. The tournament will be held in the Pacific Coliseum and the Agridome on the grounds of the Pacific National Exhibition, with the semi-final and final to be played at General Motors Place. “We kind of played into the Olympic fervour that is currently going on in the West Coast,” Nykamp said. “It was one important factor. “We were also inclined to go there because of the higher level of interest on the government side that wanted to see some summer events there leading into the 2010 Olympics. That was really attractive for us to consider Vancouver.” Hosting such a high-profile world-scale event also plays neatly into the hands of Canada Basketball, which is in the midst of its massive Be One concept, which entails trying to persuade all levels of basketball in Canada to play using international rules. “I think it's going to raise the profile of the international game in this country,” Nykamp said. “This tournament will give us a real focus and the whole country a first-hand exposure to this type of game — the fast pace, the more inspirational play, the higher level of decision making by the athlete on the court. “This is a real opportunity to display that.” Leo Rautins, the coach of Canada's men's national team, said the under-19 tournament will provide fans the opportunity at seeing NBA players of the future. At past tournaments, players such as Vince Carter of the United States, Pau Gasol of Spain and Andrew Bogut of Australia have all participated. “That's what it all really boils down to,” Rautins said. “When you look at the under-21, under-18 tournaments, you're talking about some of the premier international young players in the world. If you're looking at the NBA today and where they're starting to pick kids out of, that's where they're looking. “It's a great opportunity for Canada, not only to see who their best young players are, but who's around the world.” Nykamp did not want to divulge too much of the financial implications of hosting the tournament in Canada, but said the operating budget is more than $2-million. He said the federal government, through Sport Canada, and the B.C. government are both financial supporters of the endeavour.
  17. My thought's exactly. If this was any other city in the world this stadium would be being built right now and would be read for WYC07. It really upsets me when I read in the paper the other day that that the Toronto stadium is getting $27 million from the feds, $8 mil from Ontario, and $10 mil from the city, yet here we are debating the prospect of a stadium that's being 100% finaced by the owner.... It's pathetic.
  18. There's no way they're going to get through all speakers tonight.
  19. Because real estate moguls wouldn't be able to build condos there...
  20. Webcam's up for the third meeting http://cityofvan-as1.insinc.com/ibc/mp/md/...17/1204/wv150en
  21. Definitely much more positive tonight than on Tuesday. It was unfortunate whoever it was Rocha was trying to get to speak wasn't allowed too. They've only gotten through about 50 of the 96 speakers so we'll go through all of this again next Tuesday. Going by the fact that they've only gotten halfway through it in two nights, they'll almost certainly need another night on top of next Tuesday.....although Sullivan didn't seem to enthusiastic about the idea. I understand Arthur Griffifs is still to speak, and there's a rumour that Kerfoot may as well (but I doubt it). It was good to see the guy from the CSA there. Maybe someone from VANOC will speak as they've said they support the stadium.
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