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Olympics-create homelessness
  Jun 05, 2007

Commentary
As you can see from past Olympics and projections for the Olympics in the future, there is an extremely high social and moral cost with hosting the Olympics. If you were to tell everyone involved in getting the Olympics for Vancouver Whistler that there would be over 3000 + homeless directly or indirectly related to that decision, I wonder what their decision would have been then. It is obvious that Gordon Campbell and his liberals VANOC and its directors had no regard for the social consequences then, now, and during the games. I have attached an article from the Vancouver Province which helps illustrate my point further.
Olympics boot 1.25 million out
Reuters
Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2007
GENEVA -- At least 1.25 million people have been forced from their homes in Beijing to make way for the 2008 Olympic Games and the number could top 1.5 million by later this year, a housing rights group said yesterday.
The Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions said the final figure was going to be some four times the 400,000 it had reported in 2005.
In London, where the Games will be held in 2012, housing for 1,000 people was already facing demolition five years before the event, it said.
In a study of the impact on housing of seven past and future Games, the group said that too often the most vulnerable and marginalized members of a community were the losers.
For the 1988 games in Seoul, 720,000 people were forced from their homes, while four years later in Barcelona property became so expensive as a result of the Games that low-income earners were forced to leave the city.

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