So Toronto dropped the ball and Beijing got the Olympics eh?
Well you certainly have to hand it to Toronto, they put on one hell of a show. Whistler's very own Scott Roberts was in Moscow to give us the complete run down of the big announcement. So, legend now has it that Toronto had the shiniest bells and whistles, but in the end they just didn't' cut it. No, It appears that they just couldn't compete with China's rich history of killing all those who stand in their way. Not to say Toronto didn't try. For years now Chretien has been oppressing Canadians and denying our basic rights and freedom's with pepper spray and riot gear. But that just wouldn't sway the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). Sure Toronto's mayor Mel Lastman's last minute racial slurs were a good effort, but it appears that what the I.O.C. was truly thirsty for was the sweet, sweet blood of the innocent.
However, Toronto's loss is surely our gain. By all reports it appears the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Olympic bid is practically a guarantee and I for one am looking forward to it. Sure there are negatives to hosting the Olympics. There will be drastic, inhumane measures to brush the homeless under the rug, and lord knows shifty dealings will be running rampant with contractors and people who know people, but that's nothing new.
What will be new is Squamish's new beginning. This is it folks. Squamish is going to go on one hell of a ride if we do indeed get the games. For one, the government is going to be spending buckets of cash in our area. Now is our opportunity to show everyone that tourism and forestry working together isn't just a cheap bumper sticker. This is when we finally stop dwelling on the past and look to the future. Not everyone's going to like what Squamish will become, but no one will be able to stop it.
No, that isn't' a challenge!
That in fact is an invitation to everyone to start thinking about what could be.
Could we finally get the tracks moved? Hahahahah, sorry, that one still cracks me up.
I too have mixed feelings about that. Sometimes I like the fact that I can go on trails at any time of the day and rarely see another person. But then I walk down a deserted Cleveland avenue at 6 on a Saturday and think, this could be so much better.
So what's to become of our little town? Well the final word comes in 2 years so dust off your thinking caps and get ready, one thing is for sure, it's going to be one hell of a ride!
Bryan sees Olympic potential in Squamish BC.