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TravelSmart2010 Update: Sea to Sky Highway permit distribution underway – Olympic News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

November 30th, 2009

Vancouver, BC — The distribution of vehicle access permits for the Sea to Sky highway vehicle checkpoint that will be in operation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games is now underway. Two permits per household — which are fully transferable between vehicles, tenants and/or guests that have a parking space — have been mailed by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) to Whistler residential property owners and distribution has started to the accommodation sector in Whistler and Pemberton. VANOC also confirmed today that permit distribution offices will open December 14 in four locations — one in Vancouver and three in the Sea to Sky corridor. 

The checkpoint, north of Squamish near the Alice Lake turnoff, was outlined earlier this year as part of the integrated transportation plan for the Games and is designed to manage traffic volume into and through Whistler during the Games with the ultimate goal of only allowing access to vehicles that have confirmed parking spaces at private residences, businesses or hotels. There will be no parking at venues or on public streets. 

During the peak hours of 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, given extremely limited parking in Whistler during the Games, only vehicles with a checkpoint permit (that also serves as confirmation of parking) will proceed up the highway from February 11 to 28, 2010. Daily checkpoint operations will be managed by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the permit distribution process will be managed by VANOC. 

Permits are NOT needed for southbound vehicles. However southbound vehicles will need a permit to return between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.  Permits are also NOT required for northbound vehicles travelling outside the peak hours of 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, or at any time for emergency and health-care vehicles, road service vehicles (i.e.: tow trucks, snowplows), buses (i.e.: transit, tour buses, school buses), Olympic accredited vehicles, commercial limousines, taxis, and utility providers, but all vehicles will require confirmed parking if staying in Whistler. Based on traffic conditions, peak hours may start slightly earlier in the day. 

Permit distribution offices
In addition to the direct mailing and to facilitate ease of access and provide in-person customer service, permit distribution offices will open on December 14 in Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. The Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton offices will remain open through to the end of the Olympic Winter Games. The Vancouver office may close February 12, 2010. Office hours and locations follow at the end of this document. 

Residents who visit a permit office will need to show a photo ID and proof of address, such as a utility bill. Businesses will need to show their business licence and proof of operations in Whistler or points north, while hotel guests will be asked to show confirmation of their room reservation. 

Residents and businesses looking for more information on the Sea to Sky checkpoint, local vehicle permits or on how to plan ahead for travelling during the 2010 Winter Games are encouraged to visit www.travelsmart2010.ca

Other travel options to/from Whistler
Olympic ticket holders originating from Metro Vancouver, who are travelling to Whistler for sport events, will need to book transportation on the Olympic bus network unless they have prearranged accommodation in Whistler. The Olympic bus network website was launched today and can be accessed through www.travelsmart2010.ca. The website will offer a phased venue by venue booking starting on December 4. The network provides direct bus service to each of the Whistler competition venues and Cypress Mountain from designated departure hubs in Metro Vancouver. There is no spectator parking at the venues. 

Day skiers and other travellers without parking, but wishing to travel to Whistler, can take advantage of enhanced commercial motorcoach services to Whistler. For more information on the Olympic bus network, or commercial motorcoach services, visit www.travelsmart2010.ca. 

Directly in Whistler, neighbourhood-specific local vehicle permits and commercial carrier permits will also be required through the Resort Municipality of Whistler. To find out more about these permits, visit www.whistler2010.com. 

Permit Issuing Office locations and hours:

Vancouver

450 West Broadway (at Cambie)

December 14 to February 11:

  • Monday through Saturday
  • Noon to 8:00 pm

 

February 12 to 28: CLOSED

 

Whistler

Municipal Hall 4325 Blackcomb Way

December 14 to February 11:

  • Monday through Saturday
  • 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

February 12 to 28

  • Seven days a week, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

Squamish

Squamish Volunteer Centre #2-40437 Tantalus Road

December 14 to February 11:

  • Monday through Saturday
  • Noon to 8:00 pm

 

February 12 to 28:

  • Seven days a week
  • 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

 Pemberton

Old Community Centre 7567 Pemberton Meadows

December 14 to February 11:

  • Monday through Saturday
  • Noon to 8:00 pm

 

February 12 to 28:

  • Monday through Saturday
  • Noon to 8:00 pm

 

Note to Photo Editors:
Images are available as high resolution downloads from the media centre image gallery at:
http://www.vancouver2010.com/more-2010-information/media-centre/image-gallery/event-photos/

About VANOC
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

Press Contact
If you are a member of the media, please contact mediarelations@vancouver2010.com

For all other inquiries, please contact info@vancouver2010.com

Vancouver 2010

TravelSmart2010 Update: Look before you book – Olympic bus network for travel to Cypress and Whistler sporting events live at www.travelsmart2010.ca – Olympic News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

November 30th, 2009

Vancouver, BC —Spectators travelling from Metro Vancouver, who already have sport tickets to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games’ events at Cypress and in the Whistler area, can start planning their round-trip travel on the Olympic bus network starting today. In addition to providing spectators with a comfortable, convenient ride to and from these sport venues,  the Olympic bus network helps reduce vehicle traffic during Games time on key roads in downtown Vancouver, on bridges crossing the Burrard Inlet, on the Sea to Sky Highway, and in Whistler. 

As was done with the ticketing website, the first few days that the site is live will permit the event ticket holder to browse and get comfortable with the site and develop their Games-time travel plan. Starting on Friday, December 4, the online booking and payment function accessed at www.travelsmart2010.ca will go live with a venue-by-venue phased sale of ticketsstarting with alpine events at Whistler Creekside. 

A round-trip ticket (GST and fees included) to Cypress will cost , while a round-trip ticket to Whistler will cost if booked by midnight on January 10, 2010. Prices will increase to (Vancouver-Cypress Mountain) and (Vancouver-Whistler), including GST and fees, as of January 11, 2010.

Tickets will be available as of 11:00 am (Pacific Time) on each phased in date and will remain on sale from that day forward. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and a range of departure times are available. Ticket holders are advised to book early in order to secure their preferred departure time.  All bus tickets are non-refundable and Visa is the only payment card accepted.

“Today, we are pleased to offer spectators the opportunity to ‘look before they book’ and plan their bus travel. This way they will be ready for the phased in booking process that starts Friday, December 4,” said Irene Kerr, VANOC’s vice president of services and transportation. “The Olympic bus network is the fast and affordable way for spectators to travel from the Metro Vancouver area to events in Whistler and Cypress without worrying about the hassles of driving, and it ensures we can significantly reduce Games-time traffic into Whistler. We’re encouraging all of our ticket holders who don’t have accommodation in the Sea to Sky corridor to develop their Games-time travel plan by taking advantage of this convenient service as there is no parking at Games venues and traffic restrictions will be in place for non-residents travelling on the Sea to Sky Highway in February 2010.”  

The venue-by-venue phased in dates for Olympic bus network ticket sales are:

  • Friday, December 4: Whistler Creekside (alpine skiing)
  • Monday, December 7: The Whistler Sliding Centre (bobsleigh, luge, skeleton)
  • Wednesday, December 9: Whistler Olympic Park (biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping)
  • Friday, December 11: Cypress Mountain (freestyle skiing, snowboard) 

The Olympic bus network will use a network of designated departure hubs in Metro Vancouver. The hubs are provided by post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver that are members of VANOC’s Community Contributor Program. The hubs are located at: Lonsdale Quay and Langara College for Whistler Creekside; British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Lonsdale Quay for The Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic Park; Simon Fraser University, Capilano University and Lonsdale Quay for transport to Cypress.

Taking public transit to the hubs is strongly encouraged, along with other forms of alternative transportation (rideshare/carpool, cycle, walk etc.). If driving cannot be avoided, spectators should book parking space at the departure hub at the same time they purchase their Olympic bus network transportation ticket. Parking is included in the price of the bus ticket but please carpool when possible there is limited parking available at the hubs and Lonsdale Quay has no parking. 

Who should buy an Olympic bus network ticket?

  • All ticketholders for events at Cypress require a ticket on the Olympic bus network.

    Public transit is not available to Cypress Mountain during Games time.

  • Ticketholders travelling from Metro Vancouver for events in the Whistler area that do not have accommodation in the Sea to Sky corridor and or confirmed parking will require a ticket on the Olympic bus network.
  • Please keep in mind

    there is no public parking at any of the venues at Games time and only vehicles with resident permits or confirmed accommodation will be permitted to drive on the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm from February 11 to 28, 2010. 

An Olympic bus network ticket is not required if ticketholders:

  • Have accommodation and parking in Whistler
  • Are booked or plan to use a commercial motorcoach  (see www.travelsmart2010.ca for more information)
  • Are coming from the Whistler area to Vancouver (except Cypress). However, a Sea to Sky checkpoint permit will be required to travel back north of Squamish between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Planning ahead for a great spectator experience: The Olympic Spectator Guide
To help prepare for a great spectator experience at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, each ticket holder will receive a pocket-sized Olympic spectator guide when their tickets are delivered, starting in December. The guide includes comprehensive spectator information, including venue specific details and helpful tips. It is also available online at www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-spectator-guide

Ticket holders travelling to Whistler-area venues and Cypress are urged to dress warmly for cold and wet weather using layers and waterproof clothing. Prohibited and restricted items should also be left at home to avoid having the items confiscated and long security lineups. They include: animals (except service animals), folding chairs, glass bottles, sporting equipment, non-prescription drugs, and large bags. 

Wearing suitable warm and waterproof footwear is also a key consideration. Some of the venues will require spectators to walk a considerable distance outside from their Olympic bus network drop-off point to reach venue entrances because the drop-off points are outside of venue perimeters and security access points.

Gates will open three hours before each ticketed session starts at venues in the Whistler area and Cypress. Inside the venue, hot and cold beverages and food items will be available for purchase at concession stands as soon as gates open and warming tents will be available for a limited number of spectators (with the exception of Whistler Creekside where space restrictions do not allow for such tents). 

To build excitement for watching the world’s best athletes compete, each venue will showcase visual and performing artists and other entertainment at each venue providing a celebratory Olympic atmosphere.

Note to Photo Editors:
Images are available as high resolution downloads from the media centre image gallery at:
http://www.vancouver2010.com/more-2010-information/media-centre/image-gallery/non-competition-venues/

About VANOC
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

Press Contact
If you are a member of the media, please contact mediarelations@vancouver2010.com

For all other inquiries, please contact info@vancouver2010.com

Vancouver 2010

Local residents get first look inside International Broadcast Centre

November 30th, 2009

Around 150 people from two of the local boroughs around the Park – Tower Hamlets and Hackney – toured the 275m-long and 140m-wide building.

London 2012

GlaxoSmithKline and King’s College to help deliver doping control for London 2012

November 30th, 2009

GlaxoSmithKline will was today announced as the Official Laboratory Services Provider for the London 2012 Games.

London 2012

Winning Olympic Park garden designs announced

November 30th, 2009

Thousands of votes were cast online to choose the winners of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Olympic Park Great British Garden Competition.

London 2012

Apply to Become a 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay Torchbearer – Olympic News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

November 27th, 2009

All Canadians are invited to apply for a torchbearer spot in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay. The Province of British Columbia is running the contest and today Coca-Cola, RBC, the Government of Canada, and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced the first three of 600 torchbearers to participate in the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay. They are adaptive runner Rick Ball, Anne Bethune, president of Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) and Al Etmanski, president and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN).

Rick Ball

Marathon runner Rick Ball of Orillia, Ontario, was selected by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to participate in the Lighting Ceremony for the Paralympic Torch Relay. Ball lives and breathes the International Paralympic Committee motto of Spirit in Motion. He’s a driven athlete, a 44-year-old dedicated father and an inspiration to others.


First Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torchbearer, Rick Ball (Photo credit: Joseph
Marancca)

Ball took up running only three years ago as a single-leg amputee. His first goal was to complete a marathon, which he did in May 2008 in Mississauga. After only eight months of running Ball qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:17, three minutes shy of the qualifying time for an able-bodied runner in his age category. Today, Ball holds three world records for single-leg amputees — his next goal is to become a Paralympian at the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games.

“It’s kind of neat because before, when I first started running, people would kind of look at me and say ‘oh look at that poor guy with the one leg’ or ‘look there, good for him, he’s running the race,’” laughs Ball. “Now it’s like ‘oh there’s that guy with the one leg, I have to try and beat him – that’s a guy to beat.’

”Every time I’ve had these goals like world records and qualifying for Boston, it seems like I’m never satisfied. When I finish one then I want something else — it’s almost like an addiction. But I also feel like I’m representing the disabled community. It’s not just me that’s running.”

Between running 70 to 90 kilometres per week, and a full-time job with the Toronto Transit Commission, Ball makes time to share his story at schools and organizations. His message: find something you’re passionate about, stick to it and never give up. He also reminds listeners to do something nice for someone else.

“I speak at these things because since I’ve started running so many good things have started happening to me,” says Ball. “It’s my way of giving back.”

Ball will be one of the athletes to help start the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay on March 3, 2010 at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario.

Anne Bethune

Coca-Cola selected Anne Bethune, president of Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) as its first torchbearer. VASS is a non-profit society offering skiing and snowboarding programs for persons with a disability on the local mountains in Vancouver, BC. Bethune has been involved with the Disabled Skiers Association for over 20 years. Read her full bio. >>>

Al Etmanski

RBC selected Al Etmanski to participate in the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay. Etmanski
is an author, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative solutions to social challenges. He is president and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), assisting families across Canada and globally to address the financial and social well-being of a relative with a disability. Read his full bio. >>>

Beginning March 3, 2010

The Paralympic Flame — which has no ancestral home — will spring to life in a special Aboriginal-themed Lighting Ceremony with a uniquely Canadian flair on the lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Each of the 10 provinces and three territories will select a torchbearer to participate in the ceremony.

Apply to Become a Paralympic Torchbearer
Any Canadian over 13 years of age who is interested in becoming a Paralympic Torchbearer may apply though the Province of British Columbia at yougottabehere.ca.

Potential torchbearers will be asked to tell their story in 250 words or less, explaining why they want to be a torchbearer in the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay. They’ll also be asked to tell how they demonstrate the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality in their lives. What would being a torchbearer mean to you?

The Paralympic Torch Relay will light up the following Canadian cities and towns:

March 3 — Ottawa, ON.
March 4 — Quebec City, QC
March 5 — Toronto, ON.
March 6 — Esquimalt/Victoria, BC
March 7 — Squamish, BC
March 8 — Whistler, BC
March 9 — Lytton/Hope, BC
March 10 — Vancouver (Hillcrest)/Maple Ridge, BC
March 11 — Vancouver (UBC)/Vancouver (downtown)
March 12 — Vancouver (downtown)

Vancouver 2010

Be a shining light in 2010! Canadians invited to apply as torchbearers for Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay – Olympic News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

November 27th, 2009

Ontarioamputee runner among first torchbearers named

Vancouver, BC — With just over 100 days to go until the start of the Paralympic Winter Games, Canadians who dream of carrying the Paralympic Flame as part of the historic Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay a 10-day inspirational journey starting on March 3, 2010 that celebrates the endless possibilities of the human spirit and the world’s top winter Paralympians are invited to apply today as torchbearers at www.YouGottaBeHere.ca. 

Positions are available through the public torchbearer application program, operated by the Province of British Columbia, which is open to all Canadian residents who are aged 13 or older by March 3, 2010. The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay is presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. 

“As the provincial host of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, British Columbia wants to welcome all Canadians to apply today for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to proudly carry the Paralympic Flame,” said Mary McNeil, Minister of State for the Olympics and ActNow BC. “We’re looking for everyday people who embody the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration, and equality in their everyday life much like the world’s best winter Paralympians.”

All applicants will need to describe why they want to be a torchbearer and how they embody the Paralympic values in their everyday life. Each torchbearer selected must also have transportation to and from their assigned torchbearer location. Applications will be accepted at www.YouGottaBeHere.ca until 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) on January 6, 2010.

An Ontario amputee runner who has beaten the odds — and three world records in just six months — will share his inspirational story with the world as one of the first torchbearers to carry the Paralympic Flame in the relay, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) also announced today. 

Rick Ball, 44, of Orillia, ON, who runs using a curved prosthetic shaped like a bent ski, will help to start the relay on March 3, 2010 at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, ON. The Paralympic Flame — which has no ancestral home — will spring to life in a special Aboriginal-themed lighting ceremony with a uniquely Canadian flair on Parliament Hill. All 10 provinces and three territories will each name a torchbearer to participate in this Aboriginal-themed ceremony. 

“To carry the Paralympic Flame is an incredible honour, especially when I think about how this will be the same light at the end of the relay that welcomes all of the world’s great winter Paralympians to reach their dreams here in Canada in 2010,” said Ball, a father of two who hopes to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. 

“When I took up competitive running two years ago I never dreamed I could be a part of something like this. I know it’s often said that dreams can come true if you work hard, but these athletes . . . they’re living proof of this,” he added. 

The Paralympic Flame will visit community celebration sites in Ottawa, ON (March 3), Quebec City (March 4) and Toronto (March 5), as well as Victoria and Esquimalt (March 6), Squamish (March 7), Whistler (March 8), Lytton and Hope (March 9), Maple Ridge (March 10), and Vancouver (March 10, 11 and 12) in British Columbia.

On March 11, 2010, the relay will turn into a 24-hour event through Vancouver’s downtown core surrounding Robson Square as part of a day-long celebration of culture and sport counting down the final moments until the magical Opening Ceremony of the Games in front of tens of thousands at BC Place. 

“This 24-hour celebration in downtown Vancouver is a great way to welcome the world’s best Paralympians to our country for the first time and show the world that we’re ready and excited to host the Games,” said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) for the Government of Canada. “We can hardly wait to see our proud Canadian Paralympians triumph here at home in Whistler and in Vancouver.”
“The schedule for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay has also been finalized, and we’re proud to announce that Toronto is joining the list of 11 celebration communities previously announced as part of the 10-day relay,” Minister of State Lunn continued. “Canadians in our country’s largest city will have an opportunity to cheer on the flame on March 5, 2010.” 

During the relay, an estimated 600 torchbearers will carry the flame in the curved steel blue torch, designed and manufactured by Bombardier, while wearing their matching blue official keepsake torchbearer uniform, produced by the Hudson’s Bay Company. 

In addition to the public torchbearer contest, other worthy members of the public will be selected by VANOC, the Government of Canada, Coca-Cola, RBC, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and the Canadian Forces’ Soldier On program. 

Today, Coca-Cola also named Anne Bethune as its first Paralympic Torchbearer. Bethune is president of the Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) and has been involved with the Disabled Skiers Association for more than 20 years. 

“As a presenting partner of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola is delighted to announce Anne Bethune today as our first torchbearer,” said Nicola Kettlitz, general manager, Coca-Cola Olympic Project Team. “Our goal is to bring the Paralympic values to life in communities across the country and to encourage Canadians to make a lifelong commitment to live these values, while living more active, sustainable lives. Just like Anne, we strive to live these values in our everyday lives and hope to inspire others to live them, as well.” 

For its first Paralympic Torchbearer, RBC selected Al Etmanski, an author and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), which was instrumental in advocating for the new Registered Disability Savings Plan and assists families across Canada and globally in addressing the financial and social well-being of relatives with a disability. 

Graham MacLachlan, regional president, RBC, British Columbia, said: “Al Etmanski has long demonstrated his commitment to helping people with disabilities and their families succeed through his work as an advocate and social entrepreneur. RBC is proud to select him as our first Paralympic Torchbearer on this historic relay.” 

“Each and every one of the 600 torchbearers on this relay will be individual sparks adding to the brightness of the Paralympic Flame as it travels towards Vancouver,” said John Furlong, VANOC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We encourage all Canadians and people from around the world to follow the flame’s path and join us in a celebration of the remarkable achievements of Paralympic athletes and of all that is possible if you dare to dream.” 

In March 2010, approximately 1,000 athletes and officials from more than 40 countries will take part in five sports (alpine and cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling and biathlon) at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler. The big international sporting event comes just 12 days after the region hosts the Olympic Winter Games.

Tickets for all Paralympic events, including such high demand sessions as the Opening Ceremony, alpine skiing and ice sledge hockey, can be purchased at www.vancouver2010.com, in person at Main Ticket Centres in Vancouver and Whistler or over the phone at 1.800.TICKETS or 604.629.7140 TDD/TTY, as part of Phase 3 of ticket sales for the Games. 

For more information on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay, visit www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay

About the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada is proud to make 2010 a celebration for all Canadians. Through strategic investments in programming and funding, the spirit and excitement will be felt far and wide and leave lasting legacies for future generations. Through the Olympic Torch Relay and Paralympic Torch Relay, the Government of Canada is supporting citizen and community participation, as well as the inclusion of Aboriginal, ethnocultural and official language communities.  For more information on the Government of Canada’s contribution to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, visit www.Canada2010.gc.ca

About the Government of British Columbia
The Government of British Columbia is the proud Host Province for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Paralympic Torch Relay represents a significant opportunity to create understanding and awareness about people with disabilities and the Paralympic Movement. Through the Paralympic Torch Relay, the Government of British Columbia is promoting healthy communities, healthy lifestyles and individual excellence. For more information on British Columbia’s contribution to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, visit www.gov.bc.ca/themes/2010olympics.

About Coca-Cola and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements
The Coca-Cola Company has been associated with the Olympic Games since 1928 and is the longest continuous corporate supporter of the Olympic Movement. Through the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Coca-Cola encourages people to create their own path of “positivity” in everyday life by believing that anything is possible. The Coca-Cola Company is the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage provider to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For more information about Coca-Cola Canada, please visit our website at www.cocacola.ca or our parent company’s website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com

About RBC
As part of our commitment to help create a better Canada, RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities to national sport associations that support the development of amateur athletes who compete at home and abroad. As a long standing supporter of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams, RBC continues its sponsorship through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and is proud to help showcase Olympic and Paralympic sport as presenting partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays.  RBC is also a premier sponsor of Hockey Canada, the Canadian Snowboard Team, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Visit www.rbc.com/sponsorship.

About VANOC
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

Press Contact
If you are a member of the media, please contact mediarelations@vancouver2010.com

For all other inquiries, please contact info@vancouver2010.com

Vancouver 2010

Community choirs showcased during the Olympic Torch Relay – Olympic News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

November 26th, 2009

Since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began its 106-day journey a month ago, more than 1,800 torchbearers have carried the flame over 19,000 kilometres, while many community choirs have performed There’s a light/Cette flamme — an original musical piece composed by Canadian choir master Gregory Charles — during daily community celebrations.

Performances, which include community choirs, during the 189 community celebrations on the Olympic Torch Relay route showcase Canada’s diverse culture, accomplishments, beautiful landscapes and its proud history.

Community choirs bring together people of all ages, races and religions, and the relay is a tremendous and unique opportunity to give them a voice. “When I think that hundreds of thousands of choir members across the country can unite their voices to celebrate the union of peoples, it’s just beautiful,” said Gregory Charles when asked what he loves the most about this project.

Charles and the Choeurs du Nouveau Monde, with the support of the Government of Canada, worked with local choral groups from each celebration community to prepare their performance. “All choirs learned the song based on the composition of their members: children, women, men or mixed,” explained Charles. There’s a light/Cette flamme is performed just after the arrival of the final torchbearer who lights the cauldron in each community.


Canadian choir master, Gregory Charles performing a song

The meaning of the song
Charles wrote and composed There’s a light/Cette flamme in French, English and some parts in Huron. The theme of light mainly inspired Charles: “Light is a recurring theme in art history. It represents the will to know, to understand the world and others. The flame, like a lighthouse, becomes the catalyst, the world’s vector for change. This is what the world’s athletes inspire. It is also the promise that the world will be a better place if all men stand by each other. Light also implies that good triumphs over evil.” said Charles.

The introduction of There’s a light/Cette flamme is a call from the north to participate in a modernized choral arrangement inspired from the introduction to Greek plays in ancient times. The second part of the song is simply pure energy — a simulation of the act of running and the hope to harness the power and wisdom of fire to bring humanity closer to perfection and freedom.

“Choral music is a citizen art; it’s representative of our country and civilization and fraternity in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. There are more choir members than athletes in our country, ” said Charles.

Listen to There’s a light/Cette flamme

Read the lyrics

Vancouver 2010

Temporary hostel to open December 4 for visitors and workers in Vancouver during 2010 Winter Games – Olympic News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

November 26th, 2009

Vancouver, BC — The temporary hostel for the 2010 Winter Games will open its doors next week at the Eldorado Hotel in east Vancouver to provide low-cost accommodations for people seeking Games-related employment or youth travellers on a limited budget coming to take part in the celebrations. 

This project is another way the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is delivering on the Inner-City Inclusive Commitments —developed during the bid for the Games — to provide alternative forms of temporary accommodation for Games visitors. 

“There’s a lot of excitement across Canada about the coming Games and we expect many travellers, especially young people, will start arriving in our city in the coming weeks without a place to stay,” explained Donna Wilson, VANOC’s executive vice president, people and sustainability. “This hostel will provide them with an affordable place to bed down for the night without impacting the city’s shelters or low-income housing, which is a commitment we made during the bid phase for the 2010 Winter Games.” 

Up to 100 people a night are expected in December, with a peak of around 300 people during the height of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February, before tapering off again in March. These estimates are based on past demands at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games and have been adjusted to reflect Vancouver’s size, location and temperate climate. 

Eldorado Operations Ltd., which leases the property at 2330 Kingsway, wonthe bid to run the hostel after a request for expressions of interest was issued by VANOC in May 2009. 

The temporary hostel will operate from December 4, 2009 through to mid-March 2010 and is easily accessible by bus and SkyTrain. Up to 100 beds will be available each night leading up to the Games. This will increase to over 300 beds per night in February. 

The hostel will offer dorm-style accommodation, as well as an affordable breakfast, Internet and TV lounge. The nightly rate is a modest Cdn, including taxes, equivalent to a mid-range commercial hostel. 

After the Games, VANOC and Eldorado Operations will collaborate on the donation of furniture and equipment purchased for the hostel to various overnight camps serving children and families in need in the Lower Mainland. 

In addition to this project, last year VANOC contributed funding to the expansion of Covenant House, supporting the creation of 32 new transitional housing beds for at-risk youth aged 16 to 22. Primary funding was provided by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver. Covenant House Vancouver is a shelter and resource centre for homeless youth. 

About VANOC
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