Thursday, December 3, 2009

Vancouver city hall posts Olympic rings upside down

Behold, the official City of Vancouver Olympic Lane sign.

Yes, you'll see these around the city wherever the lane restrictions exist. It'll be the express lane for the Olympic family, security vehicles and certain Coast Mountain bus routes from Feb. 4 to March 1. Taxis and public vehicles are not welcome.

When these signs are displayed in the new year, you can bet they'll be affixed properly to poles. This one is upside down and facing the wrong direction.

Yes, the Olympic rings are upside down in the Olympic city, across the street from city hall.

The same building where councillors spent most of Dec. 3 debating amendments to controversial bylaws aimed at protecting the Olympic rings and the International Olympic Committee's sponsors.

Only in Vancouver.

Olympic lane sign at 12th and Cambie.

Olympic lane sign at 12th and Cambie.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Graham cracks up security conference

Nobody will ever attempt a citizens' arrest of Victoria Police chief Jamie Graham on charges of being boring.

The oft-outspoken top cop of the land of the newlywed and nearly-dead was at it again Nov. 30 at the 12th Vancouver International Security Conference. The theme of the two-day get-together at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel was preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is, after all, the biggest peacetime security operation in Canadian history and the most expensive at $900 million.

Graham revealed policing cost-overruns for the Oct. 30 launch of the Canadian leg of the Olympic torch relay and injuries to motorcycle cops. He shocked the crowd when he disclosed that an undercover police officer was at the wheel of a bus carrying anti-Olympic protesters from the Lower Mainland.

Members of the Olympic Resistance Network that I have contacted are shocked speechless after being infiltrated. They're planning to meet Wednesday night to consider their next move.

Listen here.

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