I guess my prediction years ago is about to come true. An Olympic without the "white stuff" will truly make Vancouver 2010 a special one worth remembering for eons to come. Now, come to think of it, who really benefits in the end of this fiasco? I bet you those Olympic "contracts" were all awarded to "friends" and close relatives of the friends of the politicians. Of course these weren't be obvious at first, but after unraveling layers and layers of documents and connecting the dots probably thirty years from now from fed up taxpayers, this is what we will most likely find out in the end. Now, with their pockets full, hands shaken, meals eaten, and connections solidly established, the ultimate miserable victim of this prank will be you and me, the taxpayers, the hardworking families, and the impoverished who have to increasing worry about how to get the next meal and a waterproof roof to sleep in due to the ever rising unaffordable cost-of-living and rent. Ultimately, all those promises, provisions, and compromises the culprits ever made will be nothing when it compares to the number of years laymen will have to put off in order to completely payoff the Olympics.
This Olympic is a testament of forced evictions, police brutality, face saving, tax rising, tongue rolling, and residents losing event. Of course, we all want our neighbor south to know where exactly Canada is, and we all want Canada, especially Vancouver, to be recognized as a world-class city. But when it comes to being taken advantage of by your home-grown politicians, it really infuriates us to just standby and not do anything. Perhaps, we will be lucky enough and not be as debt laden as Montreal once was. Perhaps, we will not be so lucky as our economy is still recovering from the trough of a financial roller coaster not long ago.