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Seven severe flops served up by the Sochi Olympics

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The 2014 Winter Olympics contained many warm fuzzy moments for Canadians: the Dufour-Lapointe sisters topping the women's moguls' podium, speedskater Gilmore Junio giving his spot to a teammate who went on to win silver, repeat gold medals for men's and women's hockey teams. But these glittering moments are powerful distractions, clouding issues from the Games. Before Sochi's Olympics fade into a shiny memory, let's round up some of the darker issues:

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The arts-cut legacy of the Vancouver Olympics

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The Olympics have arrived! Let's look back at the arts-cut legacy of the Vancouver Olympics.

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Progressive Voices

Canada, still colonial

July 21, 2011
| We speak with Dr. Hayden King on Stephen Harper being named honourary chief of the Blood Tribe, Canada's residential school system, the annexation of Six Nations land in Caledonia, and more.
Length: 28:56
Chris Shaw

Patriotism on parade in advance of Vancouver's Olympic anniversary

| February 9, 2011

Toronto Mapuche People’s Solidarity Film Film Festival

Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 7:00pm - Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 10:30am

Location

Victoria College Campus at the University of Toronto
95 & 150 Charles St. W.
Toronto
Canada
43° 57' 5.13" N, 78° 18' 32.976" W

In Benefit of the Mapuche Communities in Conflict of so-called Southern Chile, affected by the violent Earthquake

In Memory of Matias Catrileo, Alex Lemun, and Jaime Collío, murdered by the repressive forces of the Chilean State.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW:

Panaderia Barreda Chilean Bakery - 262 Christie St.

The Toronto Women's Bookstore - 73 Harbord St.

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Grand Opening: Saturday March 27th Beginning @ 7 P.M.

Chris Shaw

In the end, the Olympics are a multi-billion dollar bash

| March 1, 2010

2010 Poverty Olympics

Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Location

Japanese Hall
487 Alexander St
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 17' 2.418" N, 123° 5' 36.8268" W

Welcome to the Downtown Eastside, where poverty and homelessness continue to rise and gentrification threatens our community despite Olympic promises. Here, we do things our own way - we are inviting the world in to attend the third annual Poverty Olympics!

Join our mascots Itchy the Bedbug, Chewy the Rat and Creepy the Cockroach in a dignified torch relay from VANDU (380 East Hastings St.), shining the light of equality on our beloved neighbourhood. March with us to the Japanese Hall and enjoy hilarious street theatre, music and refreshment!

Wrestling for Community!
Olympic Promises Slalom race!
Gold Medal hockey - Team VANOC vs. Team DTES!

Cockroach cake will be served!

Free - family event.

 

Chris Shaw

Olympics battle rattle: The rules of engagement have already been written

| February 3, 2010

2010 Heart Attack!

Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 12:00am - 10:30am

Location

Thorton Park Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 15' 48.9168" N, 123° 8' 18.834" W

What do you mean by diversity of tactics?

Diversity of tactics means support for each others' chosen method of resistance while not threatening the lives of those around us. It is a way by which we hope to create space for the realization of tension, uncertainty, action, humour and beauty as we strive for new ways to engage with each other and against a common enemy. While we may practice one tactic or action, we do not chose yours. As participants we agree to leave the policing of tactics to our oppressors, not our comrades; we will not attack each other for using methods that are not our own. Through a diversity of tactics we are stronger and more cohesive towards our goal of giving Capitalism a massive coronary.

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