International Olympic Committee

A Costly Toronto Olympic Bid Is Unlikely to Pay Off

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Business
Janice Forsyth

Toronto is considering a bid for the 2024 Olympics -- Mayor John Tory says he's still mulling over the economics of it all. The hard reality is that scholarly research on the economic impact of hosting the Olympics is not encouraging. The vast majority of studies show either no impact or a negative impact.

2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers From a Lack of Transparency

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

The September 15 deadline to bid for the 2024 Olympics is a big deal that boosters everywhere are downplaying. In Toronto, they are telling us not to worry, saying it's just a letter -- an "expression of interest" -- and that the letter doesn't mean anything. Elsewhere, no one is saying anything about that date at all. But September 15 is a big deal, and bid cities everywhere should be concerned.

Cities Should Beware These Changes to the Olympic Bidding Process

Janice Forsyth | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

To say that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "shook things up" with Agenda 2020 is a gross understatement. Agenda 2020 voided and obscured critical sections of the Olympic Charter and the Olympic Games Framework, the IOC's two main documents for how to bid for and host an Olympic Games. It didn't just shake things up. It changed the entire game plan.

Here's What Has To Happen For Toronto To Bid On the 2024 Olympics

CBC | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada

Mayor John Tory has to decide by Sept. 15 whether Toronto will submit a formal bid.

Why Do Athletes Have Bad Teeth?

CP | John Leicester, The Associated Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living

MONACO, Monaco - Faster, higher, stronger they may be, but Olympians wouldn't win many medals in a contest of dental health. Behind their buffed physi...

Sochi 2014 Wins a Gold Medal in Hypocrisy

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada
Akaash Maharaj

Vladimir Putin posed as a protector of children, while making gay youth outcasts in their own country. The IOC posed as an organisation above politics, while unabashedly bending national politics to its commercial interests. Barack Obama posed as a defender of human rights by grappling with foreign governments, while he shied from the fight in domestic politics.

IOC: Pussy Riot Attack 'Very Unsettling'

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada

SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee says images of the attack on the Pussy Riot punk group in Sochi are "very unsettling."IOC spokesma...

IOC Backs Russia On Gay Activist's 'Removal'

CP | Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada

SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she w...

Sochi Mayor Refused Meeting: Vancouver Councillor

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An openly gay city councillor sent as Vancouver's envoy to the 2014 Winter Games was rebuffed by the mayor of Sochi and failed to get a fa...

IOC Open To Gay Reform: Tim Stevenson

CBC | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver Coun. Tim Stevenson says he received a great reception from the International Olympic Committee in Sochi. Stevenson is in Sochi representi...

'Sport Is A Human Right'

CBC | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada

Growing international criticism of a new Russian law against gay "propaganda" has left some observers wondering whether the Sochi Games will...

Boycott? Whatever

CP | Raf Casert, The Associated Press | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada

MOSCOW - The International Olympic Committee is waiting for more clarifications from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing ...

Public, Corporate Funded Education - Is this Good?

Larry Leach | Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

The Calgary Board of Education has recently opened the door to the naming of classrooms to corporate sponsorship. Naming of classrooms or programs leads to some very fundamental questions about public education and has many drawbacks. One of which is if you allow Coca Cola a five year deal on a school gym, why not another school sponsored by Pepsi? If they can sponsor a high school gym, how about a junior high? A middle school? An elementary?

China's Multi-Million Broadcast Deal With The IOC

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada

LONDON - The IOC says China Central Television has bought broadcast rights to each Olympic Games in the next four-year cycle leading to the 2016 Rio d...

Watching the Watchdog: The Opening Ceremony Was Its Own Weird Word Cloud

Tim Knight | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

The opening stuff before the parade of athletes was weird, bizarre, peculiar, odd, curious, offbeat, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, queer, unexpected, abnormal, atypical, unusual, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, inexplicable, incongruous, irregular, singular, ludicrous, comical, ridiculous, droll, deviant, aberrant, grotesque, freakish, surreal, wacky, oddball, way out, freaky, off the wall, rum, wacko, and bizarro.

Saudi Arabia Still Won't Pass the Olympic Torch to Female Athletes

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

For the first time, two Saudi Arabian women have publicly stated their interest in participating in the Olympic movement. But the Middle Eastern nation has never sent a female to the Olympics and doesn't plan on it anytime soon. There are currently 153 youth leagues supported by the Saudi government, yet all blatantly exclude female participation. Is it time for the Olympic Committee to take a stand?

Olympic Bid Imperiled?

CP | Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The president of the International Olympic Committee diplomatically sidestepped the question Tuesday of whether student strife in Quebec coul...

5 Year Hacking Scheme Aimed At Governments, Companies

CP | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - Computer security company McAfee has issued a report detailing a five-year hacking scheme that targeted countries, companies and numerous or...