The Olympics have come and gone and Canada has apparently won “The most medals Evar” by a host nation. Which is nice I suppose.
With a price tag of 8 Billion and counting I hope that the balance sheet works out for Vancouver as the Recession continues unabated. Right? Around here I think people would be willing to literally shovel shit for work as the job market tightens into a tight ball like a potato bug and doesn’t show any signs of letting up; never mind the HUNDREDS of positions in the want ads. If the news tells you that it’s poverty-aggeddon then you should behave like it is.
Good luck recouping those costs that have been laid out on your behalf; by comparison the estimated cost (dollars) for each day in Afghanistan is approx. 3 Million (http://www.afghanistan.gc.ca/canada-afghanistan/news-nouvelles/2009/2009_02_25a.aspx?lang=eng) with the expected total cost to be 11.3 billion. Just think, for 3 Billion more Canada could have been saving Iraq too! How exciting; huh?
All of that nonsense aside; the Winter Olympics have indeed brought out some nice nationalism in the Canadian people; allowing them to show again that even in the face of glorious victory they don’t destroy their own downtown in celebration. I’m not naming names or anything; but at least one big fratboy neighbor on the Continent can’t really say the same.