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does that include the media?

the media alone - i wonder what the numbers would be - on air people, behind the scenes crews - must be huge numbers - just NBC alone

I heard that in Calgary 1988 some family rented their house out for the month to NBC for crews etc and made $10,000 for the month - a large sum in 1988 dollars
There will be 10,000 media staff during the Games: about 7,000 will be in Vancouver, and the remaining 3,000 will be in Whistler.

NBC has spent US$820 million to acquire the 2010 Winter Games tv rights from the IOC. In addition to that, the network will be spending US$130 million to broadcast the Games themselves....compare that figure to the US$100 million they spent in Torino. There were also 2,000 on-site staff from NBC at Torino.

And really, 2010 will be a lot more profitable for NBC than Torino...which had dismal tv ratings (compared to all the circus hoop la hoo going on and scandals with Salt Lake). The majority of the broadcasts will be live, rather than recorded like in Athens and Torino.

NBC always has a outdoor broadcasting studio, where Bob Costas anchors the coverage. In Athens, the studio was a glass box right outside the Olympic Stadium. In Torino, it was another glass box in a plaza. I wonder where they'd set camp for Vancouver...perhaps at the big plaza at the new convention centre?

And that's just for Olympic coverage....NBC's Today Show always has an outdoor studio as well. You may know that it is the network's morning show, and during the Olympics each broadcast is made entirely live from the Olympic city. The Today Show studio in Torino:
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With Games two years away, VANOC moves from planning to practice


VANCOUVER - The 2010 Winter Olympics are moving from ideas to reality.

Over the next two years many of the carefully laid plans for the 2010 Games will be tested as World Cup events and other competitions are held in the venues where athletes will compete for Olympic medals.

"There's a massive shift in the project coming," John Furlong, chief executive officer for the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee, said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press. "We're going operational. We're moving off the drawing board.

"We have been practising for a while, we have been planning. Now we're launching into initiatives. We are organizing ourselves to deal with whatever comes our way."

The two-year countdown officially begins Tuesday as the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Games is set for Feb. 12, 2010.

Most of the work on the $580 million worth of Olympic venues has been completed. Some facilities have already hosted competitions and others will be tested before next spring.

Canadian athletes say having early access to the hills, jumps and rinks enhances their chances of standing on the podium 24 months from now. The Canadian Olympic Committee is aiming to finish atop the medal standings in 2010.

"When I visualize my Olympic Games, I will have more information as what to expect," said freestyle skier Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Drummondville, Que.

Furlong predicts there will be challenges and unforeseen problems at some venues. He'd rather iron out the kinks now, not when the eyes of the world are watching.

"The best thing that can happen to our team from now until the spring of next year is to get knocked down a bit, bruised a little, have a few problems to deal with," he said. "We are going to be sparring for a while with these venues and with our projects to get good so that on the big day we can perform."

While athletes get to kick the tires on the venues, organizers hope to start raising excitement about the Games among the Canadian public by recruiting volunteers, putting Olympic tickets on sale and announcing the route for the torch relay.

VANOC plans to talk with local business about rearranging their hours so employees can either volunteer or attend events. The strategy for moving athletes and fans around the city, while allowing citizens to carry on with their lives, will also be unveiled.

"It will be the largest transportation planning exercise ever undertaken in Canada," said Furlong. "We have to do that flawless."

The Olympics will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, 120 kilometres to the north, from Feb. 12 to Feb. 28. The Paralympic Games will follow from March 12 to 21.

Major construction on the $252.2-million facilities at Whistler have been completed. The first bobsled has already tested the $104.9-million sliding centre, which will also be the site of luge and skeleton. A ski jump competition has been held at the $119.7-million Whistler Olympic Park, which will also host cross-country skiing, biathlon and nordic combined.

Later this month the first World Cup ski event will be held on the Creekside ski hill which has seen $27 million in upgrades.

The final sports venues in Vancouver - the $63-million speedskating oval in suburban Richmond, B.C., a $38-million hockey rink at the University of British Columbia, and the $40-million curling arena in a residential neighbourhood - are all expected to be completed by this fall.

Other sports to be held in Vancouver include figure skating and short-track speedskating at the Pacific Coliseum, hockey at GM Place - home of the NHL's Canucks - and snowboard and freestyle skiing at Cypress Mountain on the city's North Shore.

Work on the athletes villages in Vancouver and Whistler is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2009.

But the city isn't buzzing with excitement about the Games yet. In the coffee shops and pubs around Vancouver the Games generate little talk. The struggles of the Canucks and the city's soaring housing prices are of more concern.

Marie Palmiano said her friends wonder what happens after the Games are over.

"I'm kind of skeptical about the Olympics," Palmiano said as she sipped a coffee. "We're going to be 25 or 26 and it's going to be interesting to see how that affects us trying to find jobs, trying to find housing."

A major sore point for the businesses along Cambie Street is the revenue they have lost due to transit line construction.

VANOC likes to say it is operating within budget but that depends on which budget.

The original Games bid book said the venues would be built for $470 million, with the costs shared by the federal and B.C. provincial governments. That figure was based on 2003 dollars, but soaring construction costs in B.C. forced VANOC to seek another $110 million from Ottawa and Victoria.

The operational budget for the Games is $1.7 billion, with that money coming from sponsorship, TV revenues, ticket and souvenir sales. Add in the price of the venues and the Games cost more than $2 billion.

Critics argue the real bill is closer to $6 billion.

Security remains a thorny issue. Some $175 million has been budgeted for security with the majority of the costs being covered by the RCMP and the federal government. The security budget for the 2006 Olympics in Turin was $290 million while US$310 was spent on security for the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. The tab for Vancouver's convention centre, site of the broadcast facility, has risen to more than $800 million from the original $500 million. The B.C. government is spending $775 million to upgrade the highway that links Vancouver to Whistler. Another $2 billion is being spent to build a transit line between the airport and Vancouver's downtown.

Chris Shaw of the anti-Games group 2010 Watch said the cash being poured into the Olympics could help solve problems like homelessness and drug addiction, especially in Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside.

"Those things will be here after the Games have come and gone," said Shaw. "At the end of it there will be bills to pay and higher taxes and the financial hangover."

Harry Bains, the provincial NDP Games critic, said VANOC and the B.C. Liberal government haven't been honest in discussing costs.

"The only way we can define what the benefits and the legacies left behind after the Games is if we know what the real cost is," said Bains. "So far, we are not seeing that."

Furlong said making all Canadians feel part of the Olympics is a VANOC goal.

"If the Games are going to be very good, you can leave it to us," he said. "If they are going to be spectacularly great, it involves everybody. We need everybody that can do something to be part of this."
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lol, has anybody seen CTV Vancouver's new "Countdown to 2010" animation?


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Anti-2010 vandals hit Ottawa Royal Bank
By BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

Anti-Olympics vandals have expanded their campaign against VANOC's official bank and torch relay co-sponsor.

An anonymous message on no2010.com said "bricks found their way through the windows of the Elgin Street Royal Bank" in Ottawa on the night of Jan. 27. "The Olympics are set to happen in the year 2010, and we thus declare war on all the year represents and all who sponsor it!"

A Vancouver 2010 countdown clock was unveiled yesterday afternoon across from Parliament Hill.

RBC spokesman John Groves said the latest incidents were reported to police, but wouldn't discuss what measures the bank employs to keep customers and staff safe.

The Ottawa attack came just over a month after four windows were smashed on Christmas Eve at a Cook Street Royal Bank in Victoria. Vancouver vandals broke windows Dec. 8 at Commercial and First and Dec. 9 at Hastings and Nanaimo. A no2010.com message about the latter attack, in the form of a phony news release, misappropriated Groves' name.

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The Premier and the Toursim Minister Stan Hagen (he's in charge of BC Place) are having a Countdown Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency tommorow at 12:30 and the no2010 people are having a huge rally at the Art Gallery at 12 noon.

http://www.no2010.com

I normally don't have a problem with protestors but I found this quote on their site which I found most distasteful.

Wishing death upon someone is just pure evil and really discredits these people when they put a statement like this on their site:

"Vancouver -- VANOC chairman Jack Poole has had surgery to remove a tumour on his pancreas and [unfortunately] his doctors expect a full recovery, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Organizing Committee said yesterday"

That's pretty sick
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i understand the injustices the natives have suffered over the past few hundred years, but like come on...let it go. The native community is never going to make something out of themselves if they keep in holding on to the past....and certainly, these criminal actions are not helping them nor their image.

I read about something quite disturbing a few days ago....Stanley Park used to be a burial site for the local First Nations, and when white settlers arrived they dug out those bodies, crushed their bones, and used it for pavement in the park.
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Lloyd Robertson will be broadcasting CTV National News from Vancouver on Monday and Tuesday, and I have heard rumours that the CTV Studio at Burrard will be getting some renovations (perhaps a new set?) so it can accommodate Olympic coverage (being that it will be CTV's 2010 Broadcast Centre).
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Torino alive with Olympic legacy

Updated: Sun Feb. 10 2008 18:54:52

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Two years ago, after Torino staged an almost flawless Games, the Olympic flame went out in the northern Italian city.

At the time, the Turinese believed the Olympic Games would help Torino shake off the dust, revive its economy and rekindle its passion.

And when CTV British Columbia's Mike Killeen visited the city two years later -- and two years before Vancouver will welcome the world -- he found that it seems to have worked.

Turinese gather at local cafes in a city now brimming with self-esteem -- and a renewed sense of purpose.

The president of the Torino Organizing Committee told Killen on that visit that the Olympics helped transform Torino -- just what its people needed.

"What we expected was something which is not measurable, and I mean the mood of the city," said Valentino Castellani. "All of the other things, tourism, investment are important of course because they are part of the games, but what Torino needed at that time was a change in confidence in themselves, in ourselves."

Torino Mayor Sergio Chiamporino put it more bluntly: "The Turinese are again proud to be Turinese. This is probably the most important legacy of the Olympic Games."

Before the games, tourism was picking up, as people crowded to see the ancient legacies of biblical legend. But as the world's eyes -- and cameras -- descended on the city, they saw a modern metropolis.

"Usually when you talk about Torino, people they think of fiat, juventus and maybe the holy shroud," said Paola Musolino, of Turismo Torino.

"But after the games they saw that Torino is a great city, it has many monuments, buildings, and museums, so we started to have more and more tourists," said Musolino.

And the facilities -- completed only days before the opening ceremonies -- found a new home, used for competitions or rented out for training.

After all the cameras went home, the media village -- where CTV News stayed during the games -- was converted to student housing for a nearby university.

Parts of the athletes' villages have also been converted to student and low-income housing.

With the physical legacies from the games, and those that aren't measurable, this Olympic city seems destined to proper.




It sounds just like what Vancouver needs (which we will get, as long as there isn't a terrorist attack).
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i understand the injustices the natives have suffered over the past few hundred years, but like come on...let it go. The native community is never going to make something out of themselves if they keep in holding on to the past....and certainly, these criminal actions are not helping them nor their image.
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One of the reasons that native people still protest is the fact that governments still try to wriggle out of treaty rights. These treaties have always been treated as wishlists when in fact they are legal documents. Land claim issues, such as native land being turned into golf courses or given to developers, in other words stolen from its rightful owners, are some of the problems. I think that many people do not understand the corruption that goes on and has always gone on with regard to these issues. Asking native people to abide by laws that our own government does not abide by in return is a major slap in the face. Other than that, yeah native people do need to get their shit together. I grew up in a city with an 8% native population so I've seen alot of the shit that goes on and I've also had many native friends who do have their shit together, as well as any average person does.
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^ and another thing that pisses me off is how they're a bunch of hypocrites. They complain about buildings and commercialism on what was once their land. Exactly one month later, they come up with proposals for giant billboards, condo developments...and of course, they're planning to redevelop their newly gained land at UBC into condos by bulldozing part of the park's forest.



anyhow, in celebration to the 2-year countdown, deasine has kindly made this banner for Skyscrapercity...it will be displayed throughout the day tomorrow:
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i understand the injustices the natives have suffered over the past few hundred years, but like come on...let it go. The native community is never going to make something out of themselves if they keep in holding on to the past....and certainly, these criminal actions are not helping them nor their image.

I read about something quite disturbing a few days ago....Stanley Park used to be a burial site for the local First Nations, and when white settlers arrived they dug out those bodies, crushed their bones, and used it for pavement in the park.
I suppose it would of been better to wait a few thousand years and then burn them up in our combustion engines.
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Olympics providing venue for developing B.C. broadcast talent
Olympic Broadcasting Services to offer internships to up to 400 B.C. students. NBC may hire as many as 1,000 locals to prepare its broadcasts for the U.S. market.

Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, February 11, 2008

Official Olympic broadcasters will bring thousands of technicians to Vancouver for the 2010 Games, hire hundreds more locally and even create some technical talent to help televise the Olympics for a global audience of billions.

The International Olympic Committee's in-house producer of pooled competition footage at the Games will work with local colleges and universities to provide training to 600 students, Nancy Lee, chief operating officer for Olympic Broadcasting Services said Monday at a business workshop in Vancouver.

And of those students, Lee said 300 to 400 will be hired as a sort of internship at the 2010 Olympics.

"They're not likely to be camera No. 1 for hockey [broadcasts]," but OBS has a history of putting such students to work in technical capacities. And the initiative speaks to the needs broadcasters will have when they arrive in Vancouver, which won't be too far along the calendar.

Speaking Monday at the 2010 Commerce Centre's business summit at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Brett Goodland, senior vice-president of strategic and business affairs at NBC Universal sports and Olympics, said his company will bring 1,800 people to Vancouver and hire as many as 1,000 local people to prepare its broadcasts for the U.S. market.

NBC will spend $40 million in the process on catering services, transportation, guides and a multitude of other services.






Businesses to spend billions on goods and services for 2010 Games

Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, February 11, 2008

The Olympic sponsors, suppliers and national Olympic organizations that descend on Vancouver for the 2010 Games will spend an estimated $2 billion on goods and services, Colin Hansen, minister of economic development told a business meeting in Vancouver today.

That will be on top of the almost $1.7 billion Vancouver's Olympic organizing committee will spend on its own operations to stage the Olympics, which Hansen added present opportunities.

"That's why you're here today," Hansen added before a crowd of some 600 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver gathered for a so-called business summit staged by the 2010 Commerce Centre, the Olympics-business promotion arm in his ministry.

Hansen said that the Commerce Centre's purpose is to make sure there is a lasting business legacy from the Games.

Scot Smythe, senior vice-president of sponsorship and event marketing at Visa International, told the crowd that the B.C. government is doing more than many other Olympic jurisdictions have done to try and link local businesses with business opportunities.

Visa has been a top international sponsor for 12 previous Olympics, and Smythe said the community can expect business activity to heat up over the last 18 months before the Games.

Smythe said Visa works on planning its sponsorship activities for three Olympics at once, and has been active in Vancouver for three years.

However, it won't be until after the Beijing Olympics are over that Visa's operations will focus squarely on its Vancouver Games-time efforts.

And so will the attention of other sponsors and organizations.





....and people say the Games aren't worth it.

I have a friend whose brother is thinking of trying to be come a professional photographer for the Games.
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Olympic volunteer program kicks off Tuesday: 25,000 jobs for grabs

How to see Olympics up close and personal
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Published: Monday, February 11, 2008
Anyone who has always wanted a job as an "Olympic flamewatcher," will get their chance tomorrow.

That's when the 2010 volunteer program kicks off and 25,000 jobs are up for grabs -- from parking cars to greeting heads of state.

One of the more unusual jobs is making sure that the Olympic cauldron at B.C. Place Stadium keeps burning throughout the 17 days of the Winter Games.

"We have a shift of people making sure that the flame doesn't go out," said Donna Wilson, 2010's boss of human resources. "We fondly know of them as 'flamewatchers.' "

Wilson said 2010 officials expect a flood of online applications.

It's not merely a case of "first come, first served," she said.

The application will take 30 to 40 minutes to fill out, as it requires people to list their skills, experience and interests and provide ID such as a driver's licence.

Volunteers will have to be willing to make a time commitment as the total number of shifts for both Games are 13 shifts for the Olympics and seven for the Paralympics.

"We'll be checking to make sure that people are aware of the commitment and are comfortable with that," said Wilson.

The minimum age is 19, as of September 2008, said Wilson, to make security-screening easier. There is no maximum age.

In the spring, about 40,000 people will go through a telephone screening process. In the fall, successful applicants will go to a volunteer centre at the old PNE Forum for a five-hour security-screening and training session.

Wilson said 2010 wants anyone who's had experience in winter sports to volunteer at things like starting gates. There'll also be a need for medical people such as massage therapists, physiotherapists and dentists. Volunteers will also be needed to work with athletes at the anti-doping test areas.

People fluent in languages are needed. Thousands of general volunteers are needed for helping with event services, accreditation, ticket-taking, handling spectator needs and assisting people at the airport.

Volunteers can apply online at www.vancouver2010.com or at www.workopolis.com.

"Volunteers need to be energized, flexible and committed," said Wilson.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Next to the athletes, the workforce is the most vital part of the Games."

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i'm definitely in for that! i'm guessing applications open midnight?


don't forget that apart from the 25,000 volunteers, 12,000 cast members (mostly volunteers) will be required for the opening/closing ceremonies.
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It's all really exciting!

British Columbia is the best place on Earth! Agree?
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^ and another thing that pisses me off is how they're a bunch of hypocrites. They complain about buildings and commercialism on what was once their land. Exactly one month later, they come up with proposals for giant billboards, condo developments...and of course, they're planning to redevelop their newly gained land at UBC into condos by bulldozing part of the park's forest.
The people complaining and those making the decisions for the group are not necessarily the same people. There is no one native voice or way of thinking. Nevertheless, it's THEIR land. They can do whatever the hell they want with it. What right do the people who have bulldozed the rest of the city and continent already have to bitch about it? None. Don't patronize these people with your "we know better" bullshit because it's quite obvious that we don't. There's quite enough proof in the world of that.
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It's all really exciting!

British Columbia is the best place on Earth! Agree?
That slogan is ridiculous.
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That slogan is ridiculous.
has anyone seen those BC 150 commercials on tv? i would say they're a bit too intense.
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^ The one I saw was pretty funny.

Check it out

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^ LMAO. that was it, reminds me of the Molson Canadian's "I Am Canadian" era.
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lol, I like the BC 150 ads.

But I really hate the No 2010 people. Their cause is just so stupid; I mean protest, but protest something real? The Olympics are coming, we even had a vote and it passed. The chance to stop it was in 2003, but they failed, so they need to get over it.

I have said this before and I will say it again, the Anti-Poverty Committee makes me hate the homeless. It makes me not want to give money to charities who will support them. They're protesting an event that has nothing to do with homelessness issue.

Make no mistake the APC does not give a shit about the homeless, they are a group of delinquents that just want to cause trouble.
If the APC cared they would use the Olympics as an opportunity to lobby for social housing, but what do they do? They break into an MLA's office and chain themselves up; what a bunch of retards.
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