The Olympics are coming (whether you are a supporter or not) and since we are planning to stay home in downtown Vancouver and take in as much of the Olympic experience as possible, we plan to follow the updates coming from both VANOC and the local media. We will post our own Olympic update weekly with stuff that we think is interesting, cool, innovative or just plain ridiculous. Stay tuned for 22 more weeks of Olympic Blog posts.

For the Art Lover – On Sept 1st the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition (CODE) launched Screen 2010, an online exhibition that shows a sample of Canada’s best and most thought-provoking contemporary art. New exhibitions will be released every two weeks until March 2010. In order to view the exhibit you may need to download the application that is provided but the process is easy and took less than 5 minutes. The first exhibit brings together 11 works of art that have won the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts from collections across Canada. Visitors to can sign up to be reminded when new exhibitions are posted.

For Downtown Residents – The City of Vancouver has now posted a series of maps on their official host city website all of which will be of benefit for local residents to review. The most important is the Olympic Road Network that gives an overview of temporary changes to the City’s road network during the 2010 Winter Games which includes street closures, parking restrictions and the areas that will be secured around each venue. Visit
P.S. – If you live close to any large commercial establishment or hotel plan to wake up early. Commercial garbage collection in the downtown core will begin at 5am in order to be completed by noon.

This Week – The semi-finals and final of the Women’s Canada Hockey Cup will be played this weekend at the garage-GM Place.  Tickets are still available.

Next Week – Janet Love Morrison, author of The Crazy Canucks: Canada’s Legendary Ski Team will read excerpts from the book at the Joe Fortes Branch Library at 870 Denman on September 11th at 11 am.