Games-time Accommodation, Three New Accessible Parks and the Next Olympics in Canada.

An information session for both landlords and tenants will be held on November 18th at 6:00 pm at UBC Robson Square in room C150/180. Responsibilities leading up to and including the Games will be discussed and information will be provided about the City’s Temporary Accommodation By-law that allows short term rentals during the Games. For more information and to RSVP, email

2010 Legacies Now
Thanks to the $1.2 Million 2010 Olympic legacy project three accessible playgrounds for disabled children will be built in Richmond, Vancouver and Whistler. The Vancouver playground will be located at Kits Beach and will be finished by the summer of 2010. The B.C. government contributed $750,000 to the project, while McDonald’s Restaurants contributed $300,000 and the Rick Hansen Foundation provided $150,000. Richmond, Vancouver and Whistler all provided the land and will oversee the building and maintenance of the playgrounds.

The IOC has teamed with YouTube to start The Best of Us Challenge to engage the youth market and to inspire them to share their Olympic spirit by performing ‘silly human tricks’ and posting them on YouTube. To start the challenge off 20 Olympians have posted their own challenges such as Michael Phelps’ speed putting, Asafa Powell’s stick balancing or Shawn Johnson’s egg toss. What is disappointing is that there are no Canadian Olympians included in the first 20 challenges. For more info or to post a challenge click here.

The Next Canadian Olympics
A task force has been launched in Quebec City to bid on either the 2022 or 2026 Winter Olympics. Quebec City will first have to start with the Canadian Olympic Committee as the city was in the race for the the 2010 Games but the COC chose to support Vancouver’s bid.

One More Try
As a result of the ‘debacle’ that was the beginning of Phase 3 of Vancouver 2010 ticket sales last Saturday VANOC has postponed until this Saturday, November 14th at 10am. The few tickets that were sold, to those who actually used the phone-in system, have been removed from the IOC ticket pool and added back into the public sale. The same suggestions apply as last week – set up your account a few days early and be prepared to spend some time in the virtual waiting room.