The Vancouver Olympics and social justice · 2/27/2009

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Erin has a thread idea she'd like to discuss:

To what extent do we let leisure activities like the 2009 Olympics affect

other social issues such as homelessness in the DTES (Vancouver)? Do leisure

activities help spur social responsibility and civic leadership? Do we give

prominent leisure activities (Olympics) more attention and social value

over, social issues such as homelessness? Is this okay?


"The greatest legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be the

incentive it gave politicians to do something about homelessness. But any

hopes that the Games would spur civic leaders to finally address the

systemic problems of the anguished Downtown Eastside have all but vanished."

(Mason, G. 2009, Globe and Mail).


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