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It would've been funnier if they named Boundary Bay Airport the official airport for 2010
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YVR Named Official Airport for 2010 Winter Games



And here's a funny bit from the Georgia Straight:

Toronto disappointed YVR named “official airport” for 2010 Winter Olympics?
By Martin Dunphy

Today (March 14), the Vancouver Airport Authority issued a media release announcing that VANOC has named Vancouver International Airport the "official airport" for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Straight editor Martin Dunphy wrote a mock-response to the release:

A spokesperson for Toronto Pearson International Airport today expressed disappointment at the selection of Vancouver International Airport as the official airport for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The choice by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) was motivated by bias, the spokesperson said. "Most of the people on VANOC who decided on Vancouver actually reside in Vancouver," John Leaffan said. "We think Toronto didn't get a fair shake simply because we are a few thousand miles east of Vancouver."

Leaffan also said Vancouver's facilities are inferior to those of Toronto. "We have miles of moving sidewalks and way more cabs and buses, and we are strategically sited to provide convenient access to connecting flights for Olympics visitors."

VANOC CEO John Furlong said Vancouver was the logical choice. "Vancouver was the logical choice," he said. Questioned further, Furlong said Vancouver had more to offer international visitors. "If you arrive here after a long flight from overseas, and you are hungry, thirsty, tired, and maybe don't speak the language, we are pleased to be able to offer security personnel with the latest in Taser technology," he said, adding: "There's nothing like a quick, long nap after a long flight."
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2010 Winter Games to source clean power from BC Hydro and promote energy conservation - VANOC CEO John Furlong joins Team Power Smart

March 18, 2008
VANOC News Release

VANCOUVER – A new standard of environmental stewardship for Olympic and Paralympic Games was reached today with the announcement of an agreement between BC Hydro and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

In its role as an Official Supporter of the 2010 Winter Games, BC Hydro will provide the resources to supply clean power for the Games. In addition, through its Power Smart programs, BC Hydro will work with VANOC to ensure the Games are energy-efficient and promote energy conservation across BC.

As part of its Official Supporter partnership, BC Hydro will provide secondments of personnel, as well as the temporary use of some BC Hydro properties and electrical connection equipment during the Games.

By using clean, hydroelectric power, the 2010 Winter Games will see their carbon dioxide emissions from power generation reduced to the lowest level yet for an Olympic Winter Games — less than 10 per cent of the emissions of previous Olympic Winter Games, which relied on diesel-based generation.

VANOC will pay for the electricity it consumes on the same basis as other large commercial customers; however, since the use of clean, hydro-electric power is a lower cost alternative to diesel-based generation, VANOC will realize significant cost savings over previous Olympic Winter Games.

“The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games present a unique opportunity to profile British Columbia’s role as a world leader in the production of sustainable, clean electricity,” said Colin Hansen, Minister of Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative and the Olympics. “It also creates new opportunities for promoting energy conservation — a key goal of the BC Energy Plan.”

“BC Hydro is particularly proud to be an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games because BC Hydro and the Games share many of the same values around sustainability and conservation,” said Bob Elton, BC Hydro President and Chief Executive Officer.

Elton used today’s announcement as an opportunity to draft VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong to Team Power Smart, which features a group of more than 20 prominent British Columbians in a province-wide initiative to encourage energy conservation. As a Team Power Smart leader, Furlong will demonstrate how all BC residents can take concrete steps to conserve electricity and reduce their environmental impact through simple lifestyle changes.

“If every residential customer in BC pledged to reduce their annual electricity consumption by 10 per cent, the energy savings would be enough to power 10 Olympic Winter Games — or about 150,000 homes,” said Elton.

“The Games provide an opportunity for each of us to do our best, and to share our accomplishments and our vision with the world,” said Furlong. “Hosting the Games in a manner that shows respect for the natural environment is critically important to us. The collaboration with BC Hydro and their impressive Power Smart programs is therefore a significant step toward achieving our goals.”

It is estimated that broadcasting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be the equivalent of eight to 10 Super Bowls simultaneously for 17 days. The 2010 Winter Games will need high levels of electric reliability to support the unique requirements associated with hosting an event that will attract more than three billion television viewers and 75 million website visits worldwide.

To offset the energy consumption, VANOC and BC Hydro are committed to ensuring the Games venues meet high standards for energy-efficiency design. VANOC and BC Hydro are conducting energy audits to identify energy-saving measures, as well as providing conservation education programs for employees, sponsors, volunteers and venue partners.

Everyone in British Columbia can help support energy conservation by joining Team Power Smart. Team members who sign up on the BC Hydro website at www.bchydro.com will be able to start their own individual conservation game plan, and access tips and information to help them achieve their goals.

About BC Hydro
BC Hydro is one of North America’s leading providers of clean, renewable energy, and the largest electric utility in B.C., serving approximately 95 per cent of the province’s population and 1.7 million customers.







Manitoba to participate in 2010 Winter Games

March 17, 2008
VANOC News Release

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Manitoba talent will take to the world stage at the 2010 Winter Games as part of a contributing province agreement between the Province of Manitoba and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

Premier Gary Doer signed the agreement here today with John Furlong, Vancouver 2010 CEO, at the VANOC offices.

“The 2010 Winter Games are an opportunity for provinces like Manitoba, as well as Canada, to showcase their local talent to the world,” Doer said. “While our athletes take to the rink, the slopes and the oval, Manitoba’s entertainers and artists will also have the chance to perform to an international audience. It’s an excellent opportunity to show the world what Manitoba has to offer.”

“Manitoba is celebrating the exciting possibilities presented by the 2010 Winter Games by participating in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase their unique culture and personality to a global audience of three billion,” said Furlong. “We thank the Manitoba government for its generous contribution and look forward to working together to showcase Canada and Manitoba to the world.”

Highlights of Manitoba’s Olympic plans include:

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establishing a Manitoba House in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games to showcase local cultural performers and athletes;
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organizing a Manitoba Day at the Games to promote the province;
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developing the Manitoba portion of the torch relay, which will come to the province prior to the Games;
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ensuring Aboriginal participation in the Games and preceding events;
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showcasing Manitoba artists and arts organizations;
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developing initiatives that promote tourism, immigration, trade and investment, as well as promote Manitoba’s green-energy sector; and
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promoting educational and volunteer opportunities relating to sport and culture, and encouraging healthy lifestyles.


Under the Contributing Province/Territory Program, signatory provinces and territories receive a package of benefits that create a close association with the Games in return for a financial contribution based on population size. Manitoba will contribute $750,000 toward the success of Canadian athletes through the Own the Podium 2010 program, which is providing additional support to Canadian athletes in the run-up preparations for the 2010 Winter Games.

Manitoba will also provide $750,000 to support the Games and showcase Manitoba culture and arts, via the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and ensure that local artists are centre stage at the Games, which are expected to be watched by more than three billion viewers. The Games will feature more than 5,500 Olympic athletes and officials from 80 different countries, and 1,350 Paralympic athletes and officials from 40 countries.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 5:32 AM
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Aren't we already a net importer? How exactly do they plan to do this while wanting to attract "heavy consumption" users as BC Hydro previously stated?
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Millennium joins team as Official Supplier of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

March 20, 2008
VANOC News Release

Developer of Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver now on board
Vancouver, March 20, 2008 – The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today welcomed the Millennium Development Corporation to its team as an Official Supplier through a financial contribution to VANOC of $3 million. Awarded the contract by the City of Vancouver in April 2006, Millennium is the developer of the Millennium Water project that will serve as the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games. Through this partnership, Millennium obtains Official Supplier rights which enhance the organization’s ability to market this unique development in conjunction with the 2010 Winter Games.

The Village will be operational from November 1, 2009 until March 30, 2010, and will house more than 3,000 athletes and officials during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In April 2010, the Village will be returned to the City of Vancouver for the buildings to become permanent residential housing in the late spring or summer of 2010.

“When we welcome the world to Vancouver in 2010, we want to highlight two things — our true spirit of the Games and our commitment to sustainability,” said Peter Malek, Director of Millennium. “We are honoured to be building residences that reflect these two principles to the athletes and officials at the 2010 Winter Games. The Village will be a part of the first LEED Gold Neighbourhood in Canada, and will leave a positive legacy for the environment, the economy and our community.”

“The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver will provide an impressive home for our athletes and officials and will become one of the city’s most beautiful waterfront communities in 2010 and beyond,” said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to formalize this partnership with Millennium to deliver our shared commitment to a sustainable 2010 Winter Games by building energy-efficient facilities.”

“Millennium was selected from numerous developers to build the Olympic and Paralympic Village,” said Bob Rennie, Principal, Rennie Marketing Systems, a 2010 Games Ambassador and responsible for the marketing and sales of the units for occupation post 2010 Winter Games. “Now as an Official Supplier of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Millennium is pleased to welcome the world when they come to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Located in Southeast False Creek, the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver features modern low- and mid-rise accommodations for the athletes and officials and sits an average distance of 12 kilometres from Vancouver-area competition venues. Athletes will be able to walk, bus or take a ferry to the city's shopping and entertainment districts, as well as enjoy nightly medal ceremonies and cultural celebrations just moments away at BC Place Stadium.

The new development is designed by Canada’s leading architect, Arthur Erickson, in collaboration with Nick Milkovich Architects, Gomberoff Bell Lyon Architects, Lawrence Doyle Young + Wright Architects, Merrick Architecture and Walter Francl Architect Inc.

Building construction is proceeding on schedule with completion slated for October 2009. VANOC will outfit and operate the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver beginning November 1, 2009, and return it to Millennium in April 2010 where it will assume its post-Games legacy design.

About Millennium
The Millennium Group is a diversified real estate group with more than 60 years of experience with local and international projects. Millennium was awarded Canada’s Best Multi-Family Development in 2006 by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association for its development Water’s Edge in West Vancouver. In addition, its masterplanned seven-tower City-in-the-Park community in South Burnaby received the Livable Region Award, the Award for Excellence in Urban Development in 2001 sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and Sustainable Community of the Year sponsored by the Southern California Gas Company. Millennium is part of a larger group of companies that in France has developed East Side at Marne La Vallèe, and Bellevue Park, Bussy St. George and Regent Park outside Paris, as well as other projects in Europe.
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Sochi 2014 Learns From Vancouver 2010
Posted 11:15 am ET (GamesBids.com)

The Globe and Mail reports that Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, accompanied by Semen Vainshtok, President of Olimpstroy State Corp., the company responsible for construction of the Olympic facilities, were in Vancouver Thursday meeting with officials from Vancouver 2010 and touring Olympic facilities.

The newspapers reports that unlike Vancouver and Whistler, Sochi 2014 has to build a brand new multi-billion-dollar winter resort from scratch. The Russian government has promised $12 billion to transform the area, a remote city of 400,000 on the Black Sea and a popular summer resort, into a world-class destination for winter sports and international competitions.

Chernyshenko said the Sochi 2014 organizing committee closely studied how Vancouver won the 2010 Games and tried to duplicate its efforts, paying special attention to the commitment of a legacy that would remain once the Games are over. He said Canada provided the blueprint for Russia’s successful bid, adding he expects the links to Canada will continue in the run-up to the 2010 Games and afterwards.

The Sochi delegation spent time gathering tips on Vancouver’s approach to marketing, construction and development. Chernyshenko said he was especially impressed with the financial model for projects that were intended to generate profits.

Another lesson learned was to complete the infrastructure well ahead of the Olympics. Chernyshenko said he was surprised to see that some facilities in Whistler are already built and in use two years before the Games are to begin.

As for boycotting the Beijing 2008 Games, Chernyshenko said as the biggest sporting event in the world, the Games will always be a target for those who want to use them to draw attention to their situations. But he felt the Olympics should not be linked to other interests.
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Aquilini Investment Group expands partnership with 2010 Winter Games

March 30, 2008

Local family business reinforces its commitment to sport, youth and the Games
Vancouver, BC (March 30, 2008) – With only 688 days until the opening faceoff of the Olympic hockey tournament at General Motors Place, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today welcomed the Aquilini Investment Group (AIG) as an Official Supplier for the 2010 Winter Games.

The sponsorship extends the partnership between VANOC and the Aquilini Investment Group beyond their existing venue agreement for General Motors Place —the ice hockey venue during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Official Supplier sponsorship falls within the diversified development company product/service category, supplying VANOC with value-in-kind goods and services that will provide important venue use and services in preparation for staging the Games. It also provides AIG with an enhanced and unique opportunity to contribute directly to the success of the 2010 Winter Games.

“Hockey is part of the fabric of our country and as Canadians, our family is honoured to provide an Olympic venue that will host some of the most historic, most watched hockey games in our nation’s history,” said Francesco Aquilini, Managing Partner, Aquilini Investment Group. “The hockey played at General Motors Place will have the unique power to inspire our youth, and we are pleased to support VANOC’s commitment to deliver an event that will leave lasting legacies for children and sport in our province and country beyond 2010.”

The sponsorship supplies VANOC with use of General Motors Place and its professional services leading up to the Games including broadcast facilities for sport production. VANOC will also receive use of the venue for special pre-Games and post-Games events as well as seconded staff to help prepare for and stage the Games. Additionally, VANOC will have access to advertising opportunities during events leading up to 2010. In turn, the Aquilini Investment Group receives Official Supplier rights for the 2010 Winter Games and sponsorship rights to the Canadian Olympic team for Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.

“Planning and staging an event of this magnitude requires great partnerships and great venues and our relationship with the Aquilini Investment Group provides us with both," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "The Aquilini family’s commitment to the Games continues to grow and the new partnership will provide us with enhanced access to facilities, equipment and expertise at General Motors Place that will assist us greatly as we continue preparations to host the world in 2010."

The Aquilini Investment Group is a diversified family business that, among other initiatives and businesses, owns General Motors Place and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Vancouver Canucks. The Vancouver-based company owns and manages a national real estate portfolio that includes commercial properties, office buildings, golf courses, and cranberry and blueberry farms, as well as the development and sale of multi-family residences and condominiums.

The announcement is being made on the same day as an NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, representing the link between the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and the Calgary 1988 Winter Games. Special appearances will also be made during the game by Cassie Campbell, Olympic gold and silver medallist, ice hockey; Pat Quinn, head coach of Team Canada’s gold medal men's ice hockey team, Salt Lake City 2002; and the Vancouver 2010 mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi.

About the Aquilini Investment Group
The Aquilini Investment Group is dedicated to supporting the community through the team's charity the Canucks for Kids Fund and its programs and partner foundations; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, the Centre for Childhood Research in Diabetes at BC Children's Hospital, Phoenix Academy for Learning Society (for Autism) and Canucks Autism Network (CAN). The Aquilini Investment Group was the primary sponsor of the Italian Gardens at Hastings Park, and helped conserve the Fraser Valley’s Blaney Bog, which has been named as the Aquilini Land Conservatory.
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Beer run

The search is on for an official beer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. An announcement will be made later this year after sifting through potential candidates.

A more immediate concern for locals is a beer for this week's Canucks playoff run, and the playoffs themselves. (Assuming they make it; if not, fans will be drowning in beer regardless of brand or name.)
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Has the U.S. Olympic Chairman Peter Ueberroth visited Vancouver yet? If not, now may be a good time
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From the Vancouver Sun today

Feds contribute $10 million to Olympic Live Sites
Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun
Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
VANCOUVER -- The federal government will contribute $10 million to the City of Vancouver's Olympic Live Sites celebration pavilions at David Lam Park and the old bus depot, city officials revealed today.
The City and Vancouver Parks Board unveiled a bigger picture of the $23-million Live Sites plan, which will include a nightly light and water display on False Creek, showcase stages, a family friendly atmosphere and transit links to provincial and Four Host First Nations pavilions.
Mayor Sam Sullivan, councilor Suzanne Anton and park board chairwoman Korina Houghton delivered the updated plan at David Lam Park as the City tested its emergency-measures salt-water pump system on False Creek, which will be used to create the nightly water display during the Olympics and Paralympics.
Vancouver has allocated $5 million towards the plan from the $20-million legacy fund it has drawn from its general revenue fund.
The remainder is expected to be covered by private sponsorships.
In Wednesday's announcement, Sullivan promised that there will be ongoing consultation with neighbouring residents and businesses.
The Live Sites will be able to accommodate 20,000 people, be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for people to come and watch events on projection screens and live performances.
The Sites will be linked by corridors along Mainland and Hamilton streets.
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Canwest signs advertising deal with 2010 Olympic Games

Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

VANCOUVER - Canwest Publishing Inc., the largest owner of Canadian newspapers, has signed an Olympic-sized deal to supply advertising to the 2010 Vancouver Organizing Committee.

The deal, which will be announced this morning, includes all 10 of Canwest's regional newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun and The Province, but not the flagship National Post.

Vanoc is calling Canwest an "official supplier", a category that generally is worth between $3 millon and $10 million. In a memo sent to staff Wednesday morning Dennis Skulsky, the president of Canwest Publishing, and Kevin Bent, the publisher of the Pacific Newspaper Group called it an "Official Regional Newspaper agreement".

Under the terms of the deal, Canwest will be permitted to use the Olympic rings and other official marks. In return, the newspaper will provide advertising space to Vanoc. However, the newspapers have been guaranteed editorial independence.

Referring to the deal as "a marketing & sponsorship initiative", Bent's letter said the newsrooms would honor readers' trust in then to objectively report on the Olympics.

Canwest and Vanoc have been working on a deal for the better part of a year. At the same time, Vanoc has also been in discussions with Bell Media, the owners of the The Globe and Mail for a similar advertising arrangement. Bell is already a major 2010 sponsor but that deal did not include the rights to use Olympic marks in The Globe.

The Canwest-Vanoc deal will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Vancouver headquarters of Canwest this morning. Newspapers covered in the deal include The Sun and Province, Victoria Times-Colonist, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Regina Leader-Post, Saskatchewan StarPhoenix, Windsor Star, Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette.
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B.C. ferry shipping 2010 Olympics to England
World's biggest ferry sails up Thames for Vancouver Games


THE TIMES UK
May 13, 2008 11:22

THE world’s largest double-ended ferry arrived in the Pool of London on Monday for a lightning half-day visit on its way back to Canada—all part of a touring Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics promotion.

The huge 500ft-long vessel, Coastal Celebration, passed under Tower Bridge and moored opposite the Tower of London.

It came as an official invitation from the people of Vancouver to Londoners, who are hosting the 2012 Olympics at Stratford, to visit British Columbia for the Winter Games in two years’ time.

Captain Trafford Taylor, of the British Columbia Ferry Corporation, presented the invitation to a London contingent including Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.

But they weren’t able to go on board, even the minister herself, according to Vancouver 2010 publicists, for logistical reasons.

It was moored in the middle of the Thames and it was difficult to ferry guests to the ferry, as it were.

The vessel, which can carry 1,600 passengers, arrived up the Thames as a giant ‘floating billboard’ wrapped in huge photographic images promoting the 2010 Winter Games and other tourist destinations on Canada’s west coast.

But it didn’t stay long. By 5.30pm it weighed anchor and set sail back down the Thames and out to sea again for its Atlantic crossing, having drawn attention to the 2010 Winter Games.
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Moved.

[See BC Canada Pavilion Thread: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=151419]

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Canwest partners with VANOC to deliver 2010 Winter Games information to Canadian doorsteps

April 23, 2008
Local voice to bring the spirit of the Games to communities across the country

VANCOUVER (April 23, 2008) – As Canada’s Games draw closer, Canwest Publishing Inc. announced today that it is partnering with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) to help inform and engage communities across the country as the Official Regional Newspaper Publisher for the 2010 Winter Games.

The sponsorship provides VANOC with greater regional advertising avenues through a value-in-kind allocation of print and online advertising in Canwest’s ten regional daily publications: The Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Windsor Star, Regina Leader-Post, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, The Province, and Victoria Times Colonist. In turn, Canwest will receive exclusive rights in the regional newspaper publisher product/service category for the 2010 Winter Games in addition to the Canadian Olympic team for the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games. The sponsorship is a marketing and advertising partnership and is independent of Canwest’s editorial coverage of the 2010 Winter Games.

“Our investment in the 2010 Winter Games is the largest sponsorship commitment in our history,” said Dennis Skulsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canwest Publishing Inc. “Our regional newspaper network is thrilled to play a key role in promoting one of the biggest events of our generation — right in our backyard — and we will continue to deliver comprehensive and objective coverage of the Games to our readers across the country.”

As part of the partnership, Canwest will produce a series of information guides designed to inform and educate the community about the 2010 Winter Games on programs such as transportation, ticketing, sports, and arts and culture.

“This partnership provides VANOC with top-notch communications vehicles that will enable us to share and celebrate the spirit of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. “Canwest will continue with its excellence in objective editorial coverage of the Games. We are also very pleased to have their team on board to play a separate role in delivering important information about the Games to communities throughout our country.”


Today’s announcement was made in front of Canwest employees and guests at an event held at the Pacific Newspaper Group building in Vancouver, British Columbia, hosted by Dennis Skulsky, John Furlong and Kevin Bent, President and Publisher, Pacific Newspaper Group. The event also featured Vancouver 2010 mascots Miga, Sumi and Quatchi who made their 100th appearance since their introduction in November 2007.

About Canwest
Canwest Global Communications Corp. ( www.canwest.com), (TSX: CGS and CGS.A) an international media company, is Canada's largest media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, Canwest is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, websites and radio stations and networks in Canada, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About VANOC
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 www.vancouver2010.com.

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, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, and 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, Aquilini Investment Group, Birks, Britco, Canwest Publishing Inc., Dow Canada, EPCOR, Haworth Canada, Millennium Development Corporation, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sun Microsystems of Canada, Tickets.com, TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.

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Don't have all the details but Sleep Country Canada has been announced as an offical sponsor, they will be providing 5800 beds and frames for the games as well as cash. The beds will all be donated to charity after the games.

I can see it now, the APC announces that the people they represent don't want tainted beds.
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Sleep Country signs on as 2010 Olympic Games sponsor
Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

VANCOUVER - At least they'll have no excuse for not sleeping well.

The athletes attending the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hitting the sack on new beds provided by Canadian retailer Sleep Country Canada.

On Wednesday the Vancouver Organizing Committee announced it had appointed Sleep Country as the official supplier of bed frames, box springs and mattresses for the 2010 Games.

The company will supply 5,800 twin bed sets to the Olympic and Paralympic villages in Vancouver and Whistler. The facilities will house both athletes and officials.

After the Games, Sleep Country will distribute the used beds under its Donated Bed Program to families across the country.

Vanoc would not reveal the financial details of the deal, other than to say it falls within its $3-15 million Official Supplier category and may include a combination of cash and in-kind.

At that rate, the cost-per-set works out to a minimum of $517 for frame, box spring and mattress.

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Not an Olympic legacy project (I assume) but in case you might miss it here is a thread I started in the general BC section on the new Whistler to Blackcomb Peak 2 Peak Gondola. They've started to install the cables: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=152835
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West Vancouver families donate $1 million for Olympic buy-in

Jeff Lee
Vancouver Sun

Monday, June 16, 2008

METRO VANCOUVER - West Vancouver tapped six well-to-do families to come up with a $1 million donation to buy its way into being called a 2010 Winter Olympic venue city.

On Monday West Vancouver Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones said the six families agreed to put up the money - for which they will get tax-deductible receipts - in order to meet the minimum criteria by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the municipality to use the Olympic rings.

West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain is already hosting the snowboard and freestyle competitions in 2010, but until now the city was not considered an official "host venue city."

That lack of status stemmed from the fact that the Vancouver Organizing Committee expected a financial contribution from the municipality, but West Vancouver, which is already dealing with high property tax rates, refused to tap into its coffers.

"It was the view of this council and the community in general that property taxes shouldn't go to Vanoc. On the other hand there was tremendous support for fundraising, for other ways to work out partnerships and we believe in that," Goldsmith-Jones said.

"I think it is fair to say that Vanoc has an expectation that to achieve venue city or host city status there is a financial commitment and we had to figure out a way to make that work for us," she said. "This was sort of the price of entry."

Goldsmith-Jones said the city lobbied a number of families to help raise the donation, which will be turned over to Vanoc to help pay for two world cup events in snowboarding and freestyle skiing, and also to help underwrite the cost of the Cultural Olympiad program in the city.

She identified the families as the "Southcotts, Allards, Brodies, O'Neils, McLaughlins, Warks." She wouldn't say how much each family contributed, but said "it really was meant as a lump sum to get West Vancouver to the agreement."

The families won't get special access to tickets or other Olympic services, she said, although they will be able to write off their donations with a tax receipt.

"They really don't get anything. They care about West Vancouver, they care that everyone in West Vancouver has an opportunity to participate, and they are community-minded people," she said.

The mayor said the buy-in gives West Vancouver the right to use the Olympic rings, participation in the torch relay, the right to call itself a "venue city", and "one free visit by the mascots."

West Vancouver plans to raise another $1 million in donations from its residents in order to put on Olympic-related celebrations at the city's new community centre. The facility includes a new "Spirit Square atrium" that was funded in part with a $500,000 contribution from the province.

Vanoc CEO John Furlong said the $1 million fee wasn't a "cash grab" by the organizing committee.

"All of the communities that are involved with us who are venue communities have made contributions and we want our venue cities to be right in the middle it with us helping to defray the costs of staging the Games," he said.

"It isn't just the money, it is the contribution to the Games. This is about a partnership, about being part of it, about taking on some of the responsibility to deliver the project . . .What the community here is doing is taking on some of that responsibility."
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Bombardier will design and manufacture the torches for 2010
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6/17/2008

Bombardier will design and manufacture the torches for the Vancouver 2010 and Olympic and Paralympics torch relays.

The selected torch design will be unveiled early next year.

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.
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