Posted in response to …

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thinktank/archive/2009/10/12/gagging-citizens-for-the-2010-olympics.aspx

Great to see this authentic reporting on an issue which is being glossed over and marginalized. Vancouver city + Fed and Province have compromised our rights as Canadians to the IOC. I suggest the IOC need to be re-assess their value is to a community and the host jurisdictions need to realize that thwarting rights of expression and assembly will leave a more negative impression than any social problems, ambush advertising and political speech. While the authorities pay lip service about “free speech zones” and say that the by-laws and legislation is to protect strictly against advertising, they make no assurance to ensure that “non-celebratory” people will not be harassed, fined and jailed. Sad time for all of us (and bear in mind, i am an Olympic SPORT enthusiast) which will tarnish Canada and Vancouver’s reputations as a progressive place where we solve problems, not hide them.