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Official website for Canadian Pacific Railway's 2010 Spirit Train which kicks off September 21 in Port Moody:

http://www.cpspirittrain.com/

I guess this will be similar to CP's Holiday Train which tours Canada and the US during the Christmas season.

Anybody planning to go check it out?

I wonder if they'll be handing out any CP sponsorship pins. :D

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First Nations protest groups intend to sabotage the Olympic Spirit Train's trip across the country by having protests at each of its stops:

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Protesters disrupt Olympic Spirit Train kickoff

By Ian Austin, Vancouver Province

Published: Sunday, September 21, 2008

Police arrested two people Sunday as protesters armed with placards, air horns and megaphones overpowered the kickoff of the Canadian Pacific Spirit Train in Port Moody.

Shouting "Homes, no games!" and drowning out the scheduled entertainment, the noisy protesters chanted for more than an hour. The performers continually turned up the volume, but were eventually unable to proceed.

"I think the idea is to make some f---in' noise here," said Garth Mullins, a fixture at anti-Olympic protests. "They're trying to drown us out, so let's drown them out."

The Spirit Train is scheduled to travel to 10 communities across Canada, carrying activities and exhibits related to the Vancouver 2010 Games. Vancouver's Colin James is among the performers participating.

As the show began Sunday under the watchful eye of dozens of police officers, the protesters positioned two large banners directly in front of the stage so nobody could see the featured entertainment.

Kelly Worrall, a spectator, intervened and hauled down the sign down so the crowd could see.

"I'm not politically motivated, I'm just trying to see the show," Worrall said. "Freedom only goes as far as when it affects me. You can't accept this type of behaviour."

Colin Hansen, the B.C. minister responsible for the Olympics, huddled with aides and Canadian Pacific staff to decide whether to go on stage with the protesters so close.

"I think it shows the strength of Canadian democracy, that there's room for protesters. It's a shame that a small number of protesters can ruin this for the vast majority," Hansen said.

"They claim to be in favour of First Nations, but they're shouting down an aboriginal band on stage."

Police moved in at 3 p.m., handcuffing a man and carrying him to the back of a police van. Another woman moved in to help the first man. She was handcuffed while protesters shouted that the man had been assaulted by a media cameraman.

The protesters moved over to the Canadian Pacific corporate tent at about 3:15 p.m., where they shouted anti-Olympic slogans next to a table where families were collecting autographed postcards.

Police had to restrain a woman who tried to snatch a megaphone from one of the protesters, but eventually the group retreated and left the event at about 3:30 p.m.

Charges have not been laid against the man and woman arrested.

Protests to trail 2010 Olympic Spirit Train route

Updated Fri. Sep. 19 2008 1:46 PM ET

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER -- An event designed to drum up enthusiasm for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver is set to begin amid threats of nationwide protests.

Canadian Pacific's Spirit Train is scheduled to leave Port Moody, B.C., on Sunday for a 10-city tour and activists say they'll be at every stop.

"Across the country people have an understanding the Olympics has created (and) perpetuated, displacement, homelessness, destruction of the environment and increasing theft of indigenous land," said Harsha Walia of the Olympic Resistance Network, which is spearheading the call for national protests.

Opposition to the Olympic Games has been constant since Vancouver was awarded the bid in 2003 but some protest groups say their membership is getting stronger as the Games near.

"I think its fair to say that many communities, urban, rural and remote are becoming more educated about the oppression the Olympics brings, especially with all the media coverage in Beijing," said Angela Sterritt of Native 2010 Resistance, which is connected to the resistance network.

First Nations activists have been vocal in their opposition to the Games, saying they are being held illegally on traditional territories.

It's an attitude organizers have worked hard to try and counter.

The federal government has signed agreements worth billions of dollars with the four bands whose traditional territories are home to the Games and with whom Olympic organizers have also built official relationships.

Aboriginal themes weave through much of the 2010 Olympic designs and aboriginal artists will be playing at the Spirit Train events.

But the train is still chugging on dangerous tracks -- blocking rail lines has become a favoured tactic of native leaders, though activists wouldn't disclose the exact nature of any Spirit Train protests.

"Rail right of ways continue to trespass reserves and are the subject of specific claims," said Sterritt.

"It is fitting that a train trip is used to spread the `Olympic spirit,' in that rail was a harbinger of cultural destruction and is today continuing that legacy via the 2010 Winter Olympics."

Both CP and the Vancouver organizing committee said they're prepared for protests.

"We also hope the people recognize the need for peaceful protest if you feel compelled to do that, things that don't disrupt certainly wouldn't disrupt the business of CP or other rail users but don't endanger the people," said Maureen Douglas, director of community relations for the committee.

"This is about bringing the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic movement."

Although the Spirit Train protests could be seen as a test run for potential protests around the Olympic torch relay which will begin late in 2009, activists say that is not the case.

The rail company said it hopes that if there are protests, they remain under control.

"We understand people's right to protest and we hope that they do it peacefully," said Breanne Feigel, a spokeswoman for CP.

"This is a family event and it's a free family event for everybody and really the goal of the Olympic Spirit train and CP's programming is to be all inclusive."

The train will start in Port Moody and stop in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Mississauga and Smith Falls, Ont., before ending its journey in Montreal on Oct. 18.

The day-long festivities around each stop will showcase local and Canadian talents like Colin James and feature mini-Olympic villages where visitors can try out a luge start or get their photograph taken as if ski jumping.

The Spirit Train will make a repeat journey in the fall of 2009 and potentially after the Games as a tour for medallists.

CP Rail, as the official rail freight services supplier to the 2010 Vancouver Games, paid somewhere between $3 million and $15 million for the sponsorship, in exchange for access to tickets and the use of Olympic trademarks for such promotional events.

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Here's a news report of the protest: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/C...ishColumbiaHome

It's pretty disgusting....kids were even crying. How are we even allowing these protests to happen? They are nothing but peaceful, they are completely disruptive and in this case resulted in the entire kickoff event to be called off.

And then this retard girl protester started saying, "there's no reason for her to bring children into a protest zone - that is not intelligent". Girl, first of all this is a family event that you're ruining....

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Anybody actually go see the train yesterday? Anybody gonna see it next weekend in Calgary?

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I was reading some of the articles about the CP Spirit Train. There is supposed to be another one in the fall of 2009 and possibly another just after the Olympics that will be touring with the Olympic team members or medal winners.

I'm also wondering in what capacity CP will be involved with the torch relay.

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Anybody planning to go check it out?

I wonder if they'll be handing out any CP sponsorship pins. :D

I just checked Radar the Pin Guy's website. There is a special Spirit Train pin that CP was handing out. It's an unusual 2010 pin as it has no mention of 2010 on it or the Olympics. Here it is:

http://www.radarthepinguy.com/CP4pic.html

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Anybody actually go see the train yesterday? Anybody gonna see it next weekend in Calgary?

The local news broadcast showed it. I wanted to see it, but I had to go to work. Anyway, no protests over its arrival.

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Regardless of the event, train stoppages, strikes etc, it is beyond me how the police "negotiate" and no arrests were made-is a statement the police are proud of making. If a person or group of people do something that is wrong or against the standards that we as a society have accepted as a norm, then the transgressors should be brought to account for their actions.

I can't wait for how they'll handle the torch relay this time next year. :rolleyes:

Protesters block rail line in hopes of halting Olympic Spirit Train

1 day ago

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Protesters briefly barricaded a railway line north of Toronto Sunday evening and threatened to stop CP Rail's Olympic Spirit Train, but police quickly persuaded them to end their protest after about an hour.

"They listened to reasoning and they're dispersing," said Sgt. Mike Sterchele of York Region Police, the police department responsible for this suburban region north of Toronto.

"We always like to negotiate these things to a peaceful end."

Nobody was arrested.

The group issued a news release earlier Sunday vowing to block the train's route to bring attention to what it called unresolved issues with aboriginals, the poor and the environment related to the staging of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

"This is an act of solidarity with those First Nations on the West Coast," protest spokesperson Dan Keller told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.

About 20 activists assembled on the railway line and one woman chained herself to the tracks, Keller and police said.

"The ultimate aim of this is of course to stop the Spirit train," Keller said.

But after the protesters dispersed, Keller did not immediately return phone calls.

The train left Port Moody, B.C., on Sept. 21, on a cross-Canada voyage to promote the Games. It spent Saturday in Sudbury, Ont., and was scheduled Sunday to travel south to Mississauga, Ont. It was not clear exactly where the train was at the time the protested started.

CP Rail touted the train as a "mobile ambassador moving the Olympic spirit to Canadian communities."

Keller said the protesters hoped they could stop the train from spreading what he called propaganda about the Games.

Breanne Feigel, a spokeswoman for CP Rail, said the blockade had a minor effect on operations, but she stressed it did not affect the Spirit Train, which arrived in Toronto Sunday.

"Certainly in this case we were extremely concerned as this form of protest poses a serious safety risk."

An event planned Monday in Mississauga, Ont. was to proceed as planned she said.

Opposition to the Olympic Games has been constant since Vancouver was awarded the bid in 2003 but some protest groups say their membership is getting stronger as the Games near.

First Nations activists have been vocal in their opposition to the Games, saying they are being held illegally on traditional territories.

It's an attitude organizers have worked hard to try and counter.

The federal government has signed agreements worth billions of dollars with the four bands whose traditional territories are home to the Games and with whom Olympic organizers have also built official relationships.

Both CP and the Vancouver organizing committee have said they are prepared for protests.

CP Rail, as the official rail freight services supplier to the 2010 Vancouver Games, paid somewhere between $3 million and $15 million for the sponsorship, in exchange for access to tickets and the use of Olympic trademarks for such promotional events.

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Oh geez. :rolleyes: Deal with your Indian issues like we do. Give them thousands of acres to put a casino on where they can collect revenues with very little tax or contribution that they give to members of their tribes, and give little back to the communities and they are happy. Lord knows, here in California most of them are living better than I am.

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Oh geez. :rolleyes: Deal with your Indian issues like we do. Give them thousands of acres to put a casino on where they can collect revenues with very little tax or contribution that they give to members of their tribes, and give little back to the communities and they are happy. Lord knows, here in California most of them are living better than I am.

The sad thing is that you are absolutey right.

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