Tag Archives: social media

DaveO’s Social Media Renegades Talk Show At StudioSX 2009

At SXSW, we commandeered the Maxell studio for a conversations and punditry about SXSWS survival, hashtags, open software, web standards, optimization, and personnel publishing and a bunch of geeky devices.

Features: Technologist, Roland Tanglao; Marketeer, Jordan Behan; digital editor for news org Nick Cook.

“…shout out to helpers and social media Olympians…”

just sent #TNMH communications notes update – shout out to helpers and social media Olympians – get aboard with your mad skillz

Blogging for the 2010 Games Expert says IOC has no on-line strategy

Blogging for the 2010 Games – Expert says IOC has no on-line strategy February 22 2009, By Erin Loxam

Note: Article shared here in full for historical record. Original article link is broken, as such, accessed from Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, Feb. 2017.  Posted with original publication date to place in context.


The Anti-Olympic Protesters Should All Be Fired : Scout Magazine

The Anti-Olympic Protesters Should All Be Fired via Scout Magazine, February 13, 2009 By Andrew Morrison

NOTE: Respectfully shared for historical record and educational use. Original links and date intact for context.


Northern Voice 2009 Citizen Media and the Olympics – notes by Miss604

Northern Voice 2009 Citizen Media and the Olympics Robert Scales and Andy Miah via Miss604.com, February 21, 2009, Rebecca Bollwitt

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Upcoming Winter Sports Event in Vancouver – Preview

note to self: consider tickets some of these events – same athletes as Olympics without the crazy price and hype etc. Via Vancouver2010.com mailing list.

Hockey Canada Cup – Sledge Hockey is coming to UBC Thunderbird Arena from February 24 to March 1. It’s a fast-paced, physical game that will impress every hockey fan. Cheer on reigning champions Team Canada as they host the world’s top sledge hockey teams — Germany, Japan and the USA for the first-ever Hockey Canada Cup.

For further information and to purchase tickets to see the best sledge hockey players in the world, please visit hockeycanada.ca/hccup

Other upcoming sporting events include:

FIL Luge World Cup
February 16–21, 2009
The Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler

WCF World Wheelchair Curling Championship
February 21–28, 2009
Vancouver Paralympic Centre, Vancouver

IPC Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon World Cup Final
March 4–7, 2009
Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler

World Junior Curling Championships
March 5–15, 2009
Vancouver Olympic Centre, Vancouver

IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals
March 9–14, 2009
Whistler Creekside, Whistler

IBU Biathlon World Cup
March 11–15, 2009
Whistler Olympic Park

ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships
March 12–15, 2009
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Hockey Canada Cup – Women’s Hockey
August 31–September 6, 2009
UBC Thunderbird Arena and Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver

Citizen Media and the 2010 Olympics – Video from Northern Voice 2009

From Northern Voice 2009 comes a fast paced and intensive discussion about the role of Social Media in the Olympics . The roster featured Robert Scales, Andy Miah PhD, Kris Krug, myself (Dave Olson) and others from BC IMC and Cultural Olympiad.

Note: Much happened after this video so visit the True North Media House articles to see how it all worked out.

Video Notes:

Bruce Sharpe – who shot, edited and posted the video – sets the up piece thusly,

“Coverage of the Olympic Games is dominated by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) contracted rights-holder and accredited major media conglomerates. However some feel there is a role for crowdsourced documentation of both sporting events and the cultural context in which it happens.

This expert panel discusses changes, challenges, and opportunities facing grassroots media makers around the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.”

Citizen Media and the 2010 Olympics from Singular Software on Vimeo.

Hockey Canada logo and others banned by IOC – Inside the 2010 Olympics

Hockey Canada logo and others banned by IOC – Inside the 2010 Olympics via Vancouver Sun, February 10, 2009, By Jeff Lee

NOTE: Respectfully shared in full for historical record and educational use. Original links and date intact for context.

Communications Committee – Vancouver 2010 Alternative Media | Google Groups

Communications Committee – Vancouver 2010 Alternative Media | Google Groups

Poverty Olympics and Related – News + Resource Roundup

NOTE: When possible, articles are shared in full for historical record and annotated with original link when source is broken and/or accessed from Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine or Google cache etc. during Feb. 2017.

Poverty Olympics 2009

Poverty Olympics Organizing Committee

The Vancouver Poverty Olympics are brought to you by a group of concerned citizens and community groups who oppose the 2010 Winter Games because public dollars could be more justly spent on ending poverty and homelessness.

Contact us: info@povertyolympics.ca


Raise the Rates 

DTES Neighbourhood House

Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP)


Streams of Justice


News articles:

For the cities hosting the Olympic Games, heavy spending is an unofficial but required sport — as is the debate about whether it’s good for the local economies. Some say it’s hardly the time for lavish spending, while others invoke the magic word “stimulus.”

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, set to start one year from Thursday, has been saddled by financing troubles for its athletes village, worries about corporate…

‘Poverty Olympics’ ridicule Games

Organizers say funds for 2010 could be better spent on fighting homelessness

A merry band of poverty activists danced down East Hastings Street Sunday to question the rationale behind the city and provincial governments’ financial commitment to the Olympic Games.

The second annual “Poverty Olympics” was a lighthearted event aimed at raising awareness about the serious issues of poverty and homelessness that affect Downtown Eastside residents, said Wendy Pederson of the Carnegie Community Action Project.

The event started with a mock Olympic torch parade that wound its way from East Hastings to the Japanese Language School auditorium on Alexander Street. About 500 community members and activists showed up for the event, which poked fun at the Olympics.

The healthy turnout was “amazing” said Pederson, and members of the crowd, many dressed in costumes, were in a festive mood.

James McLean, 81, a Downtown Eastside resident, dressed as Gregor Robertson, complete with faux-kilt and mayoral staff. “I see extreme wealth and extreme poverty,” said McLean. “The government needs to apply intelligence, integrity and discipline to the problems we have down here.”

Coast Salish singer and songwriter Sara Good performed an emotional first nations invocation and welcomed everyone to the “opening ceremonies,” which included a satirical rendition of O Canada and the lighting of a giant torch sculpture.

After the three Poverty Olympics mascots — Itchy the Bedbug, Chewy the Rat and Creepy the Cockroach — were introduced, Pederson gave a short speech touching on some familiar themes.

“The cost of a ticket for the [2010 Games] Opening Ceremony is $1,182,” said Pederson. “A single person on welfare gets just $610 a month.” Pederson called on governments to “make poverty and homelessness a priority,” rather than spending “billions” on the Olympic Games.

A series of skits followed, including a hilarious takeoff on curling called “Sweeping Poverty Aside,” by the group Streams of Justice. “Team Vanoc” was pitted against “Team Poverty,” with the odds heavily favouring Team Vanoc.

Sharon Burns, who was part of the opening ceremonies choir and danced in the closing ceremonies finale, is a Carnegie Centre volunteer who has lived on the Downtown Eastside most of her life.

“The Olympic Games are for rich business people, developers and people with money. We need to get the information out there about the real needs we have in this province,” she said.


They have their own Olympic mascots – Itchy the Bedbug, Creepy the Cockroach and Chewy the Rat – their own torch, made from a toilet plunger, and a catchy marketing phrase: “End poverty. It’s not a game.”

But what the Poverty Olympics doesn’t have is money – and that was the main point being underscored yesterday by a celebration/protest march through the Downtown Eastside.

About 200 people joined in the parade down East Hastings Street as the Poverty Olympics, an event that serves as a rallying point for low-income advocacy groups, marked the one-year countdown to the 2010 Olympic Games.

The event was organized by several non-profit groups to draw attention to the way governments are spending billions of dollars on the Olympic Games even while intense poverty can be found in the Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood that will be one of the main urban backdrops to the sporting spectacle.

“If the money that was spent on the Olympics was spent on ending poverty and homelessness, we could end poverty and homelessness. It would be that simple,” said Jean Swanson of the Carnegie Community Action Project, an advocacy agency for the poor.

The 2010 Olympics will open and close with ceremonies at BC Place Stadium, just a few blocks from the southern edge of the Downtown Eastside, one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods.

The government of British Columbia has estimated the cost of the Games at about $600-million, but a report by the provincial Auditor-General has put it at about $2.5-billion.

Some media estimates have calculated it could be more than $6-billion when all federal, provincial and local government contributions are added up.

While the B.C. government has been trying in the pre-Olympic period to address homelessness in the Downtown Eastside by buying and renovating old hotels, Ms. Swanson said the effort isn’t helping. “The Olympics have brought no benefits to this community at all. Those hotels already had residents in them, so they are not additional housing, and they are not suitable permanent homes. They are still one-room residences, with a washroom down the hall and no kitchen. How do you expect low-income people to eat cheaply with no kitchen?”

Robert Bonner, a volunteer at the Carnegie Community Centre, a drop-in facility in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, dressed for the parade as one of the mascots.

Mr. Bonner said his Creepy the Cockroach outfit was a way to both mock the Olympic Games, and drive home a message about the inadequacy of housing in the area.

He said many of the hotel rooms he goes into while doing volunteer work are infested with cockroaches.

“The carpets move when you walk across them,” he said.

Mr. Bonner said he hoped the Poverty Olympics would make people more aware of the problems in the Downtown Eastside. “This is to draw attention to the poverty, the homelessness,” he said. “It couldn’t get much worse down here.”

Mr. Bonner said while people “on the other side of town” might be looking forward to the Games with excitement, in the Downtown Eastside there is a growing sense of fear.

“Already security has started to increase, so you have to wonder what it’s going to be like in 2010,” he said. “I can see a lot of street people getting hassled.”

Garvin Snider was one of those bringing up the tail end of the Poverty Olympics parade. He waved a sign that said: “Poverty is not a crime.”Mr. Snider said residents of the Downtown Eastside don’t feel there are any opportunities for them to be involved in the Olympic Games.

“We’d all like to participate,” he said. “The Olympics is supposed to be for everyone. They are looking for 10,000 volunteers. We have 15,000 people on the streets. What a wonderful thing if we could all participate. But since we can’t, we’re having our own event. And these games are much more fun.”

Mr. Snider works recruiting homeless and low income people to sell Megaphone Magazine, a twice-monthly street paper.

Next year the Poverty Olympics will be held to coincide with the 2010 Olympic Games – and the target of the message the next time Itchy, Creepy and Chewy lead a parade will be the world’s media.