The 2010 Vancouver Olympics will be one of the largest international events in Canadian history. It will be subject to some of the most intense media coverage imaginable: television stations plan on broadcasting the games 22 hours per day, and thousands of journalists from around the world will cover the event.
The Olympics have also become highly controversial and contested. Residents of Vancouver, Whistler and surrounding areas, Indigenous communities of Coast Salish Territories, and people from coast to coast have been criticizing the event's impact on land rights, the environment, housing, social services and civil liberties. All this seems in contradiction to the Olympics' mission of friendly competition and promoting peace and good relations between countries.
This dossier is CITIZENShift's call for media on how you see the Olympics: Does the goodwill it's meant to foster outweigh local criticism? What kind of 'footprints' (environmental, economic, social, etc) are the Vancouver games leaving on that city and what kinds of 'footprints' have past Olympics left on other hosting cities?
Add your stories that tell how the Olympics are impacting life in BC, across Canada and around the world, before, during and after the games have gone.