Notes for Feb 13

A couple notes before I head out today:

RE: protests

The media has been reporting on the protests yesterday and today. The Tyee ran an article about the one I was at, which was really peaceful. The organizers stressed non-violence there, stating that there were elders in the crowd who could get injured.

I really agree with a lot of the issues and concerns people have with the Olympics. These games were supposed to have an important social legacy and pump lots of money into the economy. Instead costs have soared, social promises have been reneged upon, and the government is planning to cancel surgeries, lay off staff and close schools to pay for this, and deal with dissent through a 15,000 member police force.

That being said, I’m totally against the use of violence and vandalism in these protests. Breaking windows doesn’t accomplish anything other than getting bad press in the media and alienating people who may have otherwise listened and been supportive.

Olympics Protest

In the middle of the protest yesterday a group of black-hoodied masked people moved up toward the police line. They had stolen some pylons and barricades from the street. I remember seeing them and thinking that if something went wrong, it would probably be these guys stirring up shit and that things could get out of hand really quickly.

Unfortunately that seems to have been the case today. Protests turned violent. Charges will be laid.

RE: Photography

I’ve been having a lot of fun so far photographing the games as I see them. Corinna Gusgreeper has been nice enough to mention them on flickr.

Also, one of my photos has been featured on The Tyee today! I started squealing and jumping up and down when I found out.

RE: knitting olympics

According to Steve I am honour-bound to blog about this. I am attempting to knit a pair of knee socks during the duration of the Vancouver Olympics. Given that I seem to suddenly have a lot of exciting things to chase down with my camera, I’m not sure if I will finish. He told me that he is planning to knit an entire sweater in Jamaican colours in honour of the lone Jamaican athlete at these games. So cheer us on, if you wish.

I will upload some photos of this later.

A shout out goes to the lovely Beentsy, who is organizing this madness.

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