We Pivot: White- and Male-Dominated History Perpetuates White, Male Supremacy

If, like me, you don’t recognize these women as household names, you are likely a victim of history education that focuses on males and white people. And while you are likely not a racist misogynist, we all have to do … [Read more]

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Montreal Gazette: WADA and the IOC Will be One Another’s Salvation or Undoing

In my article in the Gazette, I caution the International Olympic Committee against undermining the World Anti-Doping Agency. Not everyone who stands up to you is your enemy, just as not everyone who flatters you is your friend.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: WADA and the IOC Will be One Another’s Salvation or Undoing

Too many of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ostensible sport partners appear to feel that the agency has betrayed them, by unmasking the ugly truths that lie behind the Olympic’s impeccable fictions.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: The World Anti-Doping Agency Think Tank

I joined the WADA Think Tank in Lausanne, as the agency grapples with state-sponsored doping. We are all careering towards a confrontation between the high ideals of sport and the low ruthlessness of some of the most powerful figures in global affairs. Which will prevail remains an open question.

A Different Point of View....: Olympic groups wasting $-millions while athletes struggled to get to Rio

Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil. In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they ...

A Different Point of View....: Olympic groups wasting $-millions while athletes struggled to get to Rio

Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil. In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they ...

A Different Point of View....: Olympic groups wasting $-millions while athletes struggled to get to Rio

Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil. In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they ...

Dead Wild Roses: Today in Patriarchy – Women, Unpeople Owned by Men

Patriarchy is alive and well in 2016. Let’s head over to the Olympics – Exhibit 1:   Oh, look who owns her. Her position of ‘wife’ is obviously relevant information as to HER Olympic achievement. Ooookay.  Maybe this is just a fluke this isn’t a implicit patriarchal norm – we just need to find all ...

Regan Wolfrom: Life as a Smug Canadian: Winter Olympics Edition

So it’s really hard to resist feeling good about being Canadian. Especially when as of this post, Canadians are second in gold medals at Sochi. But you know what makes me even happier? Knowing that these great results are due to the success of Canadian women, who happen to also be my favouritest people. Fun ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Another Olympics, Another Scandal

So Canada is the alleged victim in another Olympic figure skating scandal, this time in ice dance. There are the usual calls for ending all judged sports at the Olympics, as if questions about fairness arise only in judged sports. (I guess these people haven’t heard about questionable calls by referees in team sports.) Every ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Olympic Update

CBC coverage of the Olympics has been fantastic. I don’t have TV reception in my home so have been watching events via olympics.cbc.ca. CBC shows live events, webcasts of the entire event (including qualifying), highlights of individual performances, and editorials. Commentators are former competitors and do an excellent job. I have a quibble though: coverage ...

Left Over: Canadian Athletes: Smart Like Tractor, eh, Putin?

Vladimir Putin and the Horror at Canada House http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/ Why are you even surprised, Simon? The  fact that they are involved in the ‘owe-limp-icks’ tells you everything you need to know..they probably shop at MalWarts, and accept endorsement money from any PR hack from any company (can you say ‘Nike?) that gets waved in their ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Here’s a tribute to the Sochi Olympics from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion: * Not to be outdone, the Norwegians have come out with a response to the anti-gay laws passed in Russia prior to the Olympics: I may be biased, but I prefer the Canadian one.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Job Market: Slower, Lower, Weaker

The following commentary on yesterday’s job numbers is quoted in today’s National Post (page FP4): The Olympic motto may be “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” but Canada’s employment growth is slower, lower and weaker going into the winter games. Of the 29,000 Canadians who supposedly gained employment in January, 28,000 reported being self-employed. Only 1,000 found jobs ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta cities, province fly the Rainbow Flag for Sochi Olympics

TweetDefying the stereotypes of Alberta as a conservative backwater,  Rainbow Pride Flag are flying outside of city halls in Edmonton, Calgary and St. Albert and the Alberta Legislature today in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in Russia. The a small but powerful gesture is a sign of support for a community that has become the target ...

Melissa Fong: Ignorance VS Hatefulness: How to talk about explain gay-bashing in Sochi

I’m kind of tired of people describing some racists, misogynists and homophobes as “ignorance”.  ’Ignorance’ means that they just don’t know better, they are missing information and they just need […]

Dead Wild Roses: The Olympics Suck.

   The very notion that we are spending money on an assortment of rubber disk chasers, gravity assisted sled-fanatics and dancers-on-frozen water angers me.   What infuriates me is the notion that throwing money at this motley crew will somehow enhance Canada’s standing as a nation and that “owning the podium” will bring us international regard. ...

The Political Road Map: Why Sochi 2014 is My Generations 1972 Summit Series

I was not around in 1972 to experience the dramatic and intense summit series between Canada and the Soviet Union, however I have read a lot about the event and heard many stories from hockey fanatics who had the pleasure of experiencing it live. The Summit Series was an immensely important event in both sports ...

Trashy's World: The Cons have no shame

They are actually high jacking the announcement of the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team and are making it a political moment. Un-freaking believable. Is there no depth that they won’t sink to? Gag. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Disaffected Lib: Because in Vlad Putin’s Russia, This is Piracy

A few inflatable boats delivering a handful of protesters to a massive Russian oil rig in the Arctic and, according to Vlad Putin, that’s piracy for which they could be slammed up in some dingy Russian prison for up to 15-years. In the non-totalitarian world, piracy has always had an element of robbery or violence ...

Dead Wild Roses: Russia: The Westboro Baptist of Nations

Ms.Betty Bowers thoughts on the 2014 Olympics. Filed under: Ethics, Gender Issues, International Affairs Tagged: bigotry, discrimination, Olympics, Russia

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Should we boycott the Olympics in Russia?

Absolutely! I think it’s disgraceful the way that Russia treats its gay and lesbian citizens. On top of that, I don’t think the Ruskies have any idea how many figure skaters their laws would disqualify, and let’s face it, a … Continue reading →

The Disaffected Lib: Wrestling is Out?

Wrestling is being scrubbed from the Olympics.   Apparently it’s a victim of dwindling popularity.   Being considered to replace wrestling are sport climbing, wake boarding, roller sports and – wait for it – wushu.   In case you’re wondering, here is Jet Li’s championship wushu performance from 1978. If the ancient Greeks did it, up on mount ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the War Olympics

Well the Olympic Games are finally over, and I must say I enjoyed the show, from the stunning beginning to the wild and wonderful end. I thought the Brits did an amazing job, I was proud of all our athletes, whether they won a medal or not. And the only thing that almost ruined the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan’s Emily Zurrer Cheered Her Teamates On to An Olympic Bronze!

The Olympics produce Gold Medals, exhiliration and heartbreak. Cowichan News Leader’s Don Bodger brings us the heartwarming story of Emily Zurrer, her injuries and the class that she maintained as Canada went on to win a Bronze Medal. Champions rise to the occasion. Clearly Emily Zurrer is a ‘Cowichan Champion.’