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mr.x Sep 18, 2008 12:27 AM

Actually, I LOVE IT!

mr.x Sep 18, 2008 1:33 AM

Vanoc unveils new graphic illustrations for 2010 Games

Vancouver Sun
Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee unveiled its new graphic illustrations at a Board of Trade luncheon at Canada Place today.

The illustrations -- which the design team said involved enough research to circumnavigate the globe four times -- will be featured on 2010 Olympic banners, signage, venues and merchandise.

The illustrations are primarily blue, green and white in colour, and feature layers of illustrations. The aim was to highlight Vancouver's natural beauty, as well as its modern, urban side.

The sports pictograms are more modern than those of Games past, designers said, reflecting the evolution of the sports.

"We're very proud of them," said Vanoc spokeswoman Renee Smith-Valade.

Canadian Olympians Amanda Overland (short track speed skating), Chris Wong (freestyle skiing), Anne-Marie Lefrançois (alpine skiing) and Paralympian Tyler Mosher (cross-country skiing) unveiled the pictograms and the series of sport illustrations.

They were created in collaboration with illustrator Irene Jacobs of I'm JAC Design, and incorporate elements designed by Xwa lack tun, a Vancouver-based Aboriginal artist.

"The pictograms and sport illustrations were inspired by modern sport photography, pop culture, fashion illustration and manga-style comics (a Japanese genre of comic books) to give athletes an heroic feel and a close-up view of their intensity and athleticism, while also serving as an inspiration to youth," Vanoc said in a release.

Tomorrow, Vanoc will launch a refreshed website designed to offer an enhanced, in-depth and interactive experience for virtual visitors worldwide.

sacrifice333 Sep 18, 2008 5:40 AM

a temporary placeholder website has been put up for the transition to the new site....

sacrifice333 Sep 18, 2008 12:55 PM

the new site is up!

looks pretty good.

officedweller Sep 18, 2008 6:09 PM

The previous waves, etc (i.e. on the banner that Mr X posted) were cleaner looking - without the "interior designer-ish" patterns and textures - so they seemed more "sporty".

mr.x Sep 18, 2008 9:04 PM

Some of the original graphics:

raggedy13 Sep 19, 2008 11:34 AM

Here's a link to an interesting video about the creative process behind the new theme:

mr.x Sep 19, 2008 9:53 PM

VSO to record more than 100 national anthems for 2010 Games

Vancouver Sun
Published: Friday, September 19, 2008

METRO VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, together with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will record more than 100 national anthems of countries competing in the 2010 Winter Games at Surrey's Bell Performing Arts Centre.

The VSO, conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, will record the anthems from Sunday, Sept. 21 through to Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, with the full 73-piece orchestra according to a news release.

deasine Sep 20, 2008 6:04 AM

New Website Design

mr.x Sep 23, 2008 5:13 AM

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has recorded the rendition of our national anthem that will be played whenever we win gold in the 2010 Games. Click the link below to hear it.

And here's the Algerian anthem:

ReginaGuy Sep 23, 2008 5:53 AM


Originally Posted by mr.x2 (Post 3816725)
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has recorded the rendition of our national anthem that will be played whenever we win gold in the 2010 Games. Click the link below to hear it.

And here's the Algerian anthem:

The Canadian anthem sounds good, but did anyone else think they went a little crazy with the tuba?

sacrifice333 Sep 23, 2008 6:10 PM


Originally Posted by The Province
Olympic legacies lost on Squamish
Pre-Games hype fails to materialize for town with high hopes
Clare Ogilvie, The Province
Published: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

SQUAMISH -- The town that once billed itself as "the Heart of 2010" is now the town with a broken heart.

Jilted by the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Mayor Ian Sutherland said yesterday that 2010 plans for Squamish have fallen through at almost every turn.

"Generally speaking, Squamish has always been one the biggest boosters . . . and I think it is fair to say that there is a bit of dismay in the community that there is not a more active role for us to play in the Games," Sutherland said before a meeting called by Vanoc last night to tell Squamish residents how they can benefit from the Winter Olympics.

Sutherland said Squamish lost a planned passenger ferry terminal for spectators, its chance to be a transportation hub, a plan to house media on a cruise ship and an ice arena for the Paralympics.

"It is frustrating," said Sutherland.

"When [Olympic officials] were going after the bid . . . we had [people] here every week telling us what a great experience it would be for Squamish. It would be our chance to welcome the world and now we are being given a different message by the current operators of Vanoc, and it is frustrating.

"I'm frustrated. All members of council are frustrated. The community's frustrated. At the end of the day, we are making the best of it and we will carve our place out, but it is certainly not what we were lead to believe a few years ago." Squamish lies between Vancouver, which is hosting the ice sports, freestyle and snowboarding and Whistler, which is hosting the Alpine and Nordic events.

While Vancouver and Whistler were bidding for the Games, Squamish named itself the "Heart of 2010" and launched a campaign around that theme.

But when the Games were won in 2003, the town was told to abandon its campaign because using "2010" was an infringement of Olympic rights.

"We got held up by petty bureaucracy," said Sutherland.

"That was just plain foolish. We were the 'Heart of 2010' for the two or three years during the bid process and Vanoc thought it was the greatest idea they had heard of in their lives and suddenly they get the Games and we couldn't use that phrase any more -- that was just silly.

"But at the same time we thought, well, this is just one hiccup and everything else will work as it goes along, not appreciating how many more detours there would be." Now, said Sutherland -- who is running for the Liberals in the federal election -- the town is looking out for itself first, and the Games second.

"I think what we are doing now is trying to take a step back and work through the issues with Vanoc the best we can and look out for ourselves," he said.

Squamish resident Brent MacDonald, who was among about 100 residents at last night's VANOC meeting, said the Games are more hassle than they're worth.

"One of the main benefits of hosting an Olympics is to have the legacies, and without them . . . it seems more hassle than it's worth," he said.

"There really is no benefit at all for Squamish if people aren't going to be allowed off the bus to see it." VANOC spokeswoman Maureen Douglas said VANOC is committed to Squamish's success.

"Yes, there have been some challenges and some ideas that haven't been able to work for everyone concerned," she said. "And we also have the resource limitations of a budget that has to be very responsibly managed on behalf of the entire country.

"All of those things are factored into decisions, revisions and changes in plans. But it doesn't stop us believing in the success of the Games for every community . . . including Squamish." Chamber of Commerce president Margo Dent said it is time to stop worrying about what the town didn't get, and look to the future.

"The chamber is looking at what are the opportunities in front of us and how do we make the most of them," she said.

Dent noted the 2010 Volunteer Centre will train the 5,000 to 7,000 volunteers needed in Sea-to-Sky country.


mr.x Sep 29, 2008 11:42 PM

Some of the weirdest sponsors in Olympic history....

Port of Vancouver makes deal with Vanoc

Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, September 29, 2008

VANCOUVER - Port Metro Vancouver will offer the 2010 Winter Olympics access to its property and facilities around Canada Place to the value of at least $3 million, port officials said Monday as it was unveiled as an official Olympic sponsor.

John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Vanoc), said the agreement will give it key access to the roads, parkades and other access points that the port controls around the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, which will serve as the main press and broadcasting centre for the 2010 Games.

"It is the space to get in and out," Furlong said, "[the sponsorship is] a whole bunch of things like that [which] make the logistical challenge of doing what we need to do dramatically easier."

A total value of the sponsorship was not revealed, but the port joins the Vanoc's sponsorship program at the official supplier level, which requires a contribution between $3 million and $15 million.

Vanoc has signed $735 million worth of domestic corporate sponsorships to date, leaving it $25 million to raise to reach its goal of $760 million in revenue from sponsorship.

Schools should remain open for Olympics, Vancouver teachers' union says

Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, September 29, 2008

VANCOUVER -- Schools should remain open during the 2010 Olympic Games, says the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA).

In a release today, union president Glen Hansman said his members are opposed to public school closures because of the impact that would have on families.

"Of major concern was the welfare of students and families in our inner-city schools, who would have little options during that time period should schools be closed," he says. "It is not realistic or fair to expect families to scramble to find child care during those two weeks."

The Vancouver board of education has not yet made a decision on the issue.

I'm not sure what their problem is, all they are doing is moving spring break a month earlier.

jlousa Sep 30, 2008 1:08 AM

Have a feeling the teachers union is playing political games again, there doesn't seem to be any other explanation. I mean if they were so concerned about the welfare of the parents in inner city schools, why have pro-d days and spring break at all. Just have a shorter school year and have the teachers attend training seminars in the summer. :tup:

Don't think we have any teachers on here. ;)

deasine Sep 30, 2008 5:24 AM


Btw, TransLink has created a new section of the site for the 2010 games called "The Way to 2010" They also have a cool interactive map for all the venues... interesting that the dont' have 91 and 95 B-Line... I wonder what's going on with that now...

djmk Oct 2, 2008 7:10 PM

i was thinking something small that is gold coloured with a picture of a loon in the middle. I think for heritage sake, we should have queen victoria on the opposite side.

i'm sure these meddles would be inexpensive to make (about a dollar Cdn) and everybody could have one (because everyone here is a winner!)

i dunno. what do you think?

djmk Oct 2, 2008 7:11 PM

i posted the last post in the wrong forum. how do i fix that?

jlousa Oct 31, 2008 10:14 PM

A little bit of info regarding the live sites, some of it we knew already some is new. It's in a RFP from the city.

The plan will utilize a full city block off Georgia Street in the heart of Vancouver (the Georgia Street site of the former bus depot) and a prominent waterfront park (David Lam Park). The two sites are linked by an historical trail along Hamilton/Mainland streets through Yaletown. An additional link along Robson Street will connect the Live Site to the Provincial Olympic programming areas at Robson Square and BC Place, home of the Opening, Closing and nightly victory ceremonies.

LiveCity Vancouver (LCV), sites will provide:
• High-quality, secure, alcohol-free, family-friendly environment that showcases the arts, culture, entertainment and Olympic sponsors
• Schedules and content built around Games-time events
• Events that are open, accessible and free of charge
• Planned on-screen programming on large LED screens showing Olympic and Paralympic events and track the progress of Canadian athletes
• Live programming featuring the very best local, national and international performing artists, as well as special appearances by past and present Olympians, Paralympians and other special guests
• Olympic and Paralympic sponsor showcase pavilions
• Concessions for merchandise, food and beverage

LCV programs and related materials will be presented in both official languages: English and French. LiveCity@Georgia will be open February 12 through 28th and again during the Paralympic Winter Games March 12th through 21st (27 days) operating 11am to 12 midnight daily. LiveCity @David Lam Park will be open February 12th through 28th (17 day) operating 11am to 11pm daily.
The cultural entertainment programming for this two-site “Live Site” concept will be presented as a complement to the Cultural Olympiad, nightly Medals Ceremonies and will be developed in conjunction with VANOC and its partners including LiveSites in Whistler, Richmond, and Surrey. The stages at both LiveCity Vancouver sites will offer a unique opportunity to showcase the very best talent from Vancouver, British Columbia, and from across Canada.
Large (47 square feet) screens will feature broadcasts of Games highlights, live airings of sold-out events, showcase digital media artworks and track the progress of Canadian athletes at the Games.
The City is working with VANOC to site Official Olympic and Paralympic sponsors and government partners on the two LiveCity sites. Sponsor pavilions will provide an opportunity for sponsor activation within distinct temporary pavilions through public information, interactive displays and hosting functions. Pavilions will range in size from single story (1,000 square feet) to two-story (16,000 square feet) de-mountable structures.

mr.x Nov 14, 2008 10:38 PM


mr.x Nov 18, 2008 1:33 AM

IOC to lose US health product firm as top sponsor: report

NEW YORK (AFP) — Johnson and Johnson, a US health care product manufacturer, has decided not to extend its worldwide Olympic sponsorship through to the 2012 London Olympics, SportsBusiness Journal reported Monday.

Less than three years after announcing a partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in the midst of a global economic crisis, Johnson and Johnson becomes the fourth partner to drop a top-level deal since last year.

"We are not renewing that sponsorship to enable us to focus on other business priorities," Johnson and Johnson spokeswoman Lorie Gawreluk told the Journal in e-mail.

"We are proud to have been a sponsor of the (IOC) and the Beijing Olympics, which was a success for the company."

Johnson and Johnson might remain affiliated with the Olympic movement as a sponsor of the US Olympic Committee and other national organizing committees as well as the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, sources told the newspaper.

Other firms from the 2005-2008 period to discontinue The Olympic Partnership (TOP) elite-level sponsor deals include Kodak, ManuLife and Lenovo.

The IOC replaced Lenovo with rival Acer, returned ManuLife's insurance category to national Olympic groups and added the digital camera services of Kodak to Panasonics sponsorship.

"The TOP program receives a lot of interest from a number of corporations from around the world looking to partner with the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement," the Journal quoted an unnamed IOC spokesman as saying, adding that "Further announcements are expected to be made regarding new members" in 2009.

While the IOC has nine partners for the 2009-2012 span and struck deals for more than the 886 billion dollars it received in the past quadrennial, it has yet to reach its goal of one billion dollars for the period.

Johnson and Johnson's decision cost the IOC a renewal worth about 100 million dollars over the next four years.

Additional sponsor level categories such as automotive and personal care products sponsorships are being explored by the IOC, the report said.

The Journal said Johnson and Johnson officials spent 73 million dollars for the IOC deal for the Beijing Olympics but were frustrated by a lack of people around its pavilion in the Beijing Olympic Green area, where an area showcasing its products had smaller crowds than expected due to security issues.

deasine Nov 30, 2008 12:48 AM

It's probably somewhere here (I'm too lazy to look), but when is the opening of the Speed Skating Oval again?

mr.x Nov 30, 2008 12:49 AM


Originally Posted by deasine (Post 3941818)
It's probably somewhere here (I'm too lazy to look), but when is the opening of the Speed Skating Oval again?

Dec.12 i think? somewhere around there.

deasine Nov 30, 2008 5:44 AM

Darn it... want it to open one week later =P oh wells... thanks.

mr.x Dec 8, 2008 2:36 AM

Interesting info from the CBC 2010 section....

- the original plan for ice hockey was to renovate the Pacific Coliseum and demolish the Agrodome for a new 6,000 seat arena, for $48-million
- the luge track would be built at Grouse Mountain for $32-million (doesn't sound like they thought that one out considering the crowds you'd need to move up and down the mountain)
- the Olympic Village at UBC

Note: this was during the Arthur Griffths days, just before the turn of the new millennium.

mr.x Dec 10, 2008 6:17 AM

Incredible commercial:

Video Link

And in French:
Video Link

mr.x Dec 21, 2008 4:04 AM

NBC's broadcasting logo for Vancouver 2010

Denscity Dec 21, 2008 11:14 AM


Originally Posted by mr.x2 (Post 3986021)
NBC's broadcasting logo for Vancouver 2010

Of course I (we) would prefer if the skyline was in there as well but pretty good.

raggedy13 Dec 21, 2008 7:50 PM

It's not bad but a little too generic in my mind. They could have at least had the Lions in there instead of what I assume is just an arbitrary mountain scene. The skyline would also have been nice. It's still a nice design but you could basically put any Winter Olympic city name in there and it would work.

raggedy13 Dec 21, 2008 7:56 PM

I just found this interesting television rating graph. It would appear that the Winter Olympics are as or more popular with American viewers compared to the Summer Olympics. I'm a bit surprised.


mr.x Dec 21, 2008 8:16 PM


Originally Posted by raggedy13 (Post 3986735)
It's not bad but a little too generic in my mind. They could have at least had the Lions in there instead of what I assume is just an arbitrary mountain scene. The skyline would also have been nice. It's still a nice design but you could basically put any Winter Olympic city name in there and it would work.

It goes along the flow/template with NBC's previous logos, except that ours is a bit different:

NBC's logos for Sydney 2000 and Salt Lake 2002 were quite similar to Athens 2004 and Torino 2006.

ckkelley Dec 21, 2008 9:03 PM


Originally Posted by mr.x2 (Post 3986021)
NBC's broadcasting logo for Vancouver 2010

NBC is showing a Beijing 2008 retrospective this Saturday (27th) at 8pm. Included is a "brief" look ahead to Vancouver 2010. Hopefully it will be telling enough; the angle/s NBC intends on using.

Delirium Jan 8, 2009 1:49 PM

2010 Winter Olympic Games Vancouver Accommodations Aboard Chartered Cruise Ship

GolfAhoy announces cruise ship stateroom alternative to hotel room accommodations in Vancouver during 2010 Winter Olympic Games. NCL will park the 2,240 passenger Norwegian Star at Vancouver's North Shore under charter arrangement, during the games. Pre and post Olympics golf vacation packages to spectacular Vancouver Island and post Olympic cruise to Pacific Mexican Riviera escorted by PGA Pro Earl Francis.

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) January 8, 2009 -- Overnight hotel room inventory during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are getting a boost from an unlikely source. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will park the 1,132 cabin, 91,740 Gross Tonnage 'Norwegian Star' passenger liner under a private charter arrangement at Vancouver's North Shore, directly across from Stanley Park, during the games.

Four night accommodation packages aboard the 2,240 passenger ship range from $2,010 for an inside cabin to $9,400 for the Owners Suite. Six night packages begin at $2,999. Rates are in US Dollars and are based on double occupancy. Third & fourth persons sharing a cabin each pay from $100 per night. Rates do not include service fees, port charges and taxes.

Benefits for Winter Games families staying on the 'Norwegian Star' are that meals aboard ship are inclusive as well as 24 hour complimentary in-room meal service and kids & teens 'Youth Staff' supervised activities. Nightly 'Baby Sitter' services at $5 per hour are also available.

Daily transfers from the ship to Vancouver's City Transit Hub with connecting access to all Olympic Venues plus Vancouver Airport transfers for arriving and departing 'Norwegian Star' GolfAhoy guests are included in package prices.

The 965 ft. long 'Norwegian Star' has been chartered by 'Newest Special Projects 2010 Limited Partnership', an Edmonton, Alberta travel company for the duration of the Winter Games.

pic of the vessel

metroXpress Jan 24, 2009 6:00 AM


Originally Posted by mr.x2 (Post 3228465)
they'd have to be pretty darn special design if they're going to make it out of wood/metal.

I heard that they are going to release the medal designs around the time of the one year countdown...

raggedy13 Jan 24, 2009 9:26 AM

^I've been wondering about when we'll get to see those. I'm hoping they'll look pretty snazzy.

metroXpress Jan 24, 2009 6:35 PM


Originally Posted by raggedy13 (Post 4044948)
^I've been wondering about when we'll get to see those. I'm hoping they'll look pretty snazzy.

Haven't read any articles about it yet...we'll have to wait and see.

jlousa Jan 27, 2009 7:45 PM

From Business in Vancouver

VANOC is hoping the sponsorship bug can return to pre-recession levels and be contagious for the four parties in talks. Two of them are Concord Pacific and Canadian Metropolitan Properties, the Plaza of Nations’ owner. VANOC wants to use their northeast False Creek lands for storage, staging and logistics.
VANOC will use Wesgroup’s East Fraserlands at the south foot of Boundary Road as a 480-bus depot. Sponsor Port Metro Vancouver’s property at the
south foot of No. 8 Road in Richmond, near the HBC logistics warehouse, will be the 3,500-vehicle Games fleet compound.
Sponsorship is $8.5 million shy of the $760 million goal for cash, goods and services.

mr.x Jan 27, 2009 11:35 PM

wow....VANOC probably broke the record for having the most sponsors for the Games. They even have Wonder Bread! WONDERBREAD!!!

metroXpress Jan 28, 2009 1:45 AM

:previous: I know about the WONDER BREAD sponsor...I just had Wonder Bread for my sandwich today!! Go Wonder Bread Go!!

officedweller Jan 28, 2009 2:22 AM


Originally Posted by Allen (Post 4044758)
I heard that they are going to release the medal designs around the time of the one year countdown...

Any word on the torch design?
I think it's being designed by Bombardier.

mr.x Jan 28, 2009 2:24 AM

^ yup, Bombardier is designing both the torch and cauldron.

metroXpress Jan 28, 2009 2:25 AM


Originally Posted by officedweller (Post 4052483)
Any word on the torch design?
I think it's being designed by Bombardier.

It is designed by Bombardier according to this following news release from VANOC:


Bombardier to help Canada’s Games shine bright in 2010
Jun 17, 2008

Plane and train manufacturer named Official Supporter of the 2010 Winter Games and designer and manufacturer of the torches and cauldrons

Vancouver, BC – What will the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic torches look like and how will the cauldron showcase the Olympic Flame at BC Place Stadium on February 12, 2010? While the answers will remain a surprise for months to come, Bombardier has received the honour of designing and manufacturing the iconic torches and cauldrons for the 2010 Winter Games.

A world-leader in the designing and manufacturing of planes and trains, Bombardier has joined the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) as an Official Supporter of the 2010 Winter Games and the first Signature Supporter of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays.

As part of their sponsorship, Bombardier will design and manufacture the torches for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays and two ceremony cauldrons. The lighting of the cauldron is one of the most anticipated and memorable moments of the Opening Ceremony and Bombardier will build two for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games – one at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver and the other at Celebration Plaza in Whistler. The cauldrons, which are in pre-development, will be unveiled to the world at the Opening Ceremony on February 12, 2010.

A multidisciplinary team from both Bombardier Aerospace and Bombardier Transportation has been collaborating with VANOC for the past six months to develop an original and innovative concept for the torch which was approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on June 4, 2008. The team includes engineers, industrial designers and specialists who will spend more than 24 months producing the torches and cauldrons for 2010.

“It is a very special honour for Bombardier to be an Official Supporter and produce the torches and the cauldrons for Canada’s Games in 2010. Our commitment to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games reflects our desire to help make this unique event a great success for Canada and for Vancouver,” said Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman of the Board, Bombardier Inc. “We are proud to bring our experience in developing innovative high-tech products to the design and production of the torches and cauldrons – two important symbols embodying the very essence of the Olympic and Paralympic spirit.”

“Bombardier’s story is one of great Canadian success, and we are delighted to welcome them to our team as an Official Supporter,” said John Furlong, VANOC chief executive officer. “Vancouver 2010’s torch and cauldron will be magnificent, technically stunning pieces, and we are confident they will inspire Canadians and the world – in 2010 and for generations to come.”

VANOC, in partnership with Bombardier will unveil the selected torch design in early 2009. Twelve-thousand Canadians will carry the torch over 35,000 kilometres – the longest single-country relay – bringing it through up to 1,000 communities in over 100 days.

In addition to partnering with VANOC, Bombardier has consistently shown its commitment towards Canadian teams. It is notably a sponsor of Alpine Canada Alpin and has shared its engineering and aerodynamic expertise with Canada’s bobsleigh team for the design of their equipment. “As a Canadian company, Bombardier is very proud to support and sponsor Canadian athletes and Canadian Teams that, just like us, compete and win against the best on the world stage,” added Mr. Beaudoin.

As part of the agreement, Bombardier receives exclusive rights in the aircraft manufacturer and total passenger transit systems vehicle manufacturer product category for the 2010 Winter Games. The company also receives sponsorship rights for the Canadian Olympic team for Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008, were $17.5 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

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. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport. VANOC’s Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada, Hbc, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.

VANOC’s Official Supporters include Air Canada, BC Hydro, Bombardier Inc, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC’s Official Suppliers are 3M, Aggreko, Aquilini Investment Group, Birks, Britco, Canwest Publishing Inc., Dow Canada, EPCOR, Garrett Metal Detectors, General Mills, Haworth Canada, Millennium Development Corporation, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sleep Country Canada, Sun Microsystems of Canada, The Globe and Mail,, TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is presented by Coca-Cola and RBC Financial Group.

VANOC Communications

As for the design of the torch...don't know yet...but we will know it soon because the torch relay starts this OCTOBER!!!

mr.x Feb 9, 2009 9:53 PM

According to today's 24 Hours, it's a sure thing that VANOC will cut out massively from the "Look of the Games" budget which decorates the city....a lot of that Olympic feel will be lost, e.g. Olympic rings on Lions Gate?

With that said, if the market improves in 6 months the budget could be restored.

Locked In Feb 10, 2009 3:17 AM

^^^^ That's a shame. Hopefully, whatever is cut, funding for high profile items such as Rings on bridges is maintained - they'll be visible from all over the city and will really resonate on TV.


Some more good news...
From the Georgia Straight:


Organizer expects Poverty Olympics to run alongside 2010 Games
By Pieta Woolley - February 9, 2009

Poverty Olympics organizer Wendy Pedersen believes the City of Vancouver and the International Olympic Committee will allow the street-theatre event to take place during the Olympic Games in February 2010.

One goal of the event, Pedersen told the Straight, is to internationally embarrass governments into addressing poverty.

“I can’t imagine them cracking down on the Poverty Olympics,” Pedersen said today (February 9) in a phone interview. “It would be like being sucker-punched. I can’t imagine they’d be so heartless, so inhumane. So I’m not going to worry about it, because I don’t believe people would be that mean.”

On February 8, about 500 people gathered at the Japanese Language School in the Downtown Eastside to watch the second annual Poverty Olympics.

A police escort accompanied the “torch relay”, which wound its way through the neighbourhood. It was also accompanied by a small army of media, including the Vancouver Sun, BCIT journalism students, CKNW, and Channel M. The Wall Street Journal will also be covering the event, according to Pedersen.

On January 22, Vancouver city council passed a motion that could restrict citizens’ ability to protest the Olympics on both private and public property. Council approved 16 Vancouver charter amendments, including one that would allow the city to “remove illegal signs from real property with limited notice”.

Pedersen said she doesn’t understand the implications of the motion.

Indeed, B.C. Civil Liberties Association acting executive director David Eby wrote to council before the decision, noting the impact on activism is not defined:

The Olympics have a long history of repressed political dissent, whether considering incidents as recent as Beijing’s notorious “protest zones”; aggressive enforcement of generic copyright phrases and words like “With glowing hearts”, “Winter” or “Gold”; or the dominance of security agendas over social agendas in budgetary and logistical terms.

This context is best illustrated in the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Charter at Rule 51, where the IOC demands limits from host cities on what it calls “advertising, demonstrations, propaganda.” In particular, Rule 51(3) reads unambiguously: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
The Poverty Olympics sells T-shirts with an image of a torch, and the logo of the event is five handcuff rings arranged to look like the Olympic rings.

In other Olympic protests, similar expressions have led to Olympic trademark crackdowns.

“They better let us have the parade,” Pedersen said. “If they do something about us, maybe that will bring more attention. It would be a low blow to low-income people. I think they’re going to have to be open to some attention no matter what they do.”

Funding for the Poverty Olympics comes from Raise the Rates; the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives hosts its Web site; and the Carnegie Community Action Project, which organizes the event, is funded through VanCity and donations from unions and individuals.

Pedersen said the Carnegie Community Action Project is looking for more funding.

LeftCoaster Feb 10, 2009 3:33 AM


Originally Posted by Locked In (Post 4078123)
Pedersen said she doesn’t understand the implications of the motion.

Wow, is anyone surprised?


Pedersen said the Carnegie Community Action Project is looking for more funding.
More shocking news!

Locked In Feb 10, 2009 6:07 PM

CBC news posted a piece about the Olympic Fountain at David Lam Park, which will be used as a 20-storey projection screen during the Games. I'm not sure how to embed videos from news sites, so here is the link (should pop up in WMP):

It's accessible in the Audio & Video section of their home page at the moment as well:

djmk Feb 10, 2009 6:31 PM


way cool. a water fountain as a projection screen!

my only concern, what happens if it gets really cold or its raining and everybody is already really wet?

djmk Feb 10, 2009 6:43 PM

and... on thursday we have one more year to go!

raggedy13 Feb 10, 2009 8:02 PM

Sounds cool to me. Thanks for the video, Locked In.

Is it just me or does it seem like the newscast is talking Shatner-esque in that video?

deasine Feb 11, 2009 5:51 AM

As a treat, here's the banner that will not show up at SSC (because of added text and images policy), but I decided to share with everyone anyways.
Photo by Steve Leech, edited by myself, and hosted on my account.

Almost there: 367 Days Left!

mr.x Feb 11, 2009 6:02 AM

i Declare Open, The Games Of Vancouver, Celebrating The Xxi Olympic Winter Games!

Kai Mo!

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